Organ excursion to the Fivelingo area
Organ expert, organist and storyteller Sietze de Vries will take the participants to see and hear the unparalleled organ property in the Fivelingo region. By coach, the group travels to Loppersum, Appingedam and Farmsum to visit various monumental organs.
A big hit of every Groningen Orgelstad event is the organ excursion to the rural area around Groningen. The IMOCG excursion leads to three monumental organs in the Fivelingo region east of the city of Groningen. The group will visit the De Mare/Hinsz/Freytag organ in the Petrus & Pauluskerk in Loppersum, the Hinsz organ in the Nicolaïkerk in Appingedam and the Lohman organ in the Farmsum church. Lunch is served at the beautiful Ekenstein estate.
The excursion is led by organist Sietze de Vries who is known for his great knowledge of organs and for the way in which he makes history come alive with his stories. He will be accompanied by regional historian Reint Wobbes who will share his knowledge of the history of the churches and the area.
10.30 departure from P&R Kardinge
11:00 Visit to Petrus & Paulus Church in Loppersum
12:15 departure to Landgoed Ekenstein Appingedam
12.30 lunch in carriage house of Ekenstein
13.30 departure to Nicolaïkerk Appingedam
13.45 visit to Nicolaïkerk
15.00 Departure to Farmsum
15.30 visit to Farmsumer church
16.30 departure to Kardinge
17.00 arrival at Kardinge
Sietze de Vries is a concert organist and church musician. He received his training from well-known organists like Wim van Beek, Jos van der Kooy and others. De Vries performs, teaches and lectures all over the world. As a teacher he is connected to the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen; he is also organist of the Groningen Martinikerk. De Vries also develops media productions and children's programs on the subject of the organ. His involvement in developing young talent is evident from the fact that he is the regular accompanist of the Roden Girl Choristers. Articles by his hand about church music, organ building and improvisation appear regularly in international magazines.
For many years Reint Wobbes has been devoting himself to the cultural heritage in Groningen, particularly that of medieval churches and cemeteries. He was active in various committees of the foundation of ‘Oude Groninger Kerken’ and was also on the board of this foundation for many years. He wrote several books about the history of Groningen and its churches and farms. In 2012 Wobbes received a Silver Carnation from Queen Beatrix, for his dedication to the preservation of medieval churches and cemeteries in Groningen.