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Nieuwe Kerk

After being without an organ for more than 150 years (the congregation sang without instrumental accompaniment) the Nieuwe Kerk finally got one in 1831. The well-known organ builder Petrus Van Oeckelen made a design for the organ façade, using the Müller organ of St Bavo’s Church in Haarlem as an example. He also made building specifications and it was the Groningen organ builder Johannes Wilhelmus Timpe who, after a tender, was assigned the job of building the instrument. The purpose of the organ was to provide accompaniment for church singing, and it was given a subtle, not too overpowering sound, so that the congregation could sing along in a ‘civilized’ manner. Only five organs by Timpe have survived. The organ in the Nieuwe Kerk is the largest instrument he built; it is one of the few 3-manual organs in the Netherlands in the Biedermeier style and it possesses 42 stops, divided over the great organ, positive, swell and pedal.

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