Melissa Bradshaw

300th anniversary of the death of Arp Schnitger: Hamburg celebrates the year of the organ

10:03, 1st August 2019

Marking the 300th anniversary of the death of German organ builder Arp Schnitger (28 July 2019), Hamburg has put together a programme in celebration of the year of the organ featuring a range of concerts, tours, exhibitions and competitions.

Hamburg, one of the world’s most important organ cities, has a documented history of 600 years of organ building, with more than 300 organs of all sizes and periods. Live organ music can be experienced 365 days a year and Hamburg’s organs can be discovered in chapels, hospitals, concert halls, universities and private houses as well as the city’s principal churches. In the Composers’ Quarter, in the vicinity of St Michaelis Church, visitors can follow in the footsteps of famous Hamburg composers such as Georg Philipp Telemann, C.P.E. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn and Johannes Brahms.

Numerous organ concerts take place over the summer in the city’s main churches including the St Jacobi Church, which is home to the largest preserved Arp Schnitger organ, and a trip to the southern district of Neuenfelde allows the opportunity to visit Schnitger’s grave. The Museum for Arts and Crafts Hamburg (MKG) also dedicates an exhibition to the world of organs until November, ‘Manufactory of Sound: 2000 years of organ building and organ playing’, where visitors can explore organ craftsmanship and music as an intangible UNESCO cultural heritage.

For further information on Hamburg’s year of the organ celebrations and the programme of events, visit www.orgelstadt-hamburg.de.

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