AGO European Chapter 2018 Spring Meeting in Belgium and the Netherlands 2nd – 7th of April
Local Coordination Team Johan Hermans
Purpose of the AGO European Chapter 2018 Spring Meeting
Transport during the Spring Meeting:
Nearby airports :
Monday, April 2, 2017: A warm welcome
Tuesday, April 3, 2017 A day in Dutch Limburg (The Netherlands)
Wednesday, April 4, 2017 A day in North-Brabant (the Netherlands)
Thursday, April 5, 2017 A day in Liège (BE, French speaking part)
12.15 – 13.45 Liège, St Barthélémy Collegiate Church (12th century): Organ in French romantic style with elements of German style by Merklin & Schütze (1852) – Schumacher (2013) with demonstration.
13.55 – 14.40 Liège, city walk (distance : 1,65 km, walking time : 25') through the historic centre of Liège. Stops at Birth house César Franck and the Opéra Royal de Wallonie (cultural heritage)
14.40 – 16.10 Liège, Abbey 'Paix de la Nôtre Dame' of the Bénédictines with a splendid III/P organ in 18th century French-Walloon classical style by Le Picard (1737) with demonstration.
16.20-18.00 Liège,Philharmonic Concert Hall (19th century, cultural heritage): Schyven Organ in French romantic-symphonic style (1888) – Thomas (2005),III / P / 55, modern combination action and contemporary, movable console on stage.
20.00 – 22.00 Liège, St Jacques Collegiate Church (cultural heritage): Organ by 'Niehoff', 1600 / Séverin 1669 / Schumacher 1997. Originally a monument-tal Renaissance instrument, III / P / 34. Internationally acclaimed reconstruction after Renaissance models with blockwerk disposition, Meantone temperament, and short octaves. Organ demonstration by Pierre Thimus Under the organ is a monument for Andries Séverin.
Friday, April 6, 2017
A day in Belgian Limburg
8.30 – 10.30 Genk, St Martinus Church
Neo-Gothic church built after the original Gothic church was destroyed by friendly fire in 1944. The new II/P, tracker organ by Guido Schumacher (2010 – 2015) is built in middle German baroque style after examples of the König family. It has 36 stops with open 16' principal in the pedal towers. The surprisingly contemporary organ case forms a bridge between the 18th century style organ and the neo-Gothic architecture of the building. Demonstration by Jeroen Follon. Coffee to be served in the church.
10.50 – 12.00 Hasselt, Private auditorium of Bol & Orchestra piano store. Piano recital by Andries Voets + 4 hands with partner. Time to view the piano collection.
12.15 – 13.00 Hasselt,Virga Jesse Basilica
Church from the late Baroque, early Classicism. Interior was entirely restored in 2017. Marble altar by 17th C. sculptor Jean Del Cour, the 'Bernini from Liège. Gothic statue of the Virga Jesse.
Lunchtime recital by participants
Organ (II/P, 23) by Clerinx (1860's), the most well-known 19th-century organ builder of the Belgian Limburg and Liège area. Blend of elements of Classical and Romantic organ building; patented system to use stops at 2 manuals without a manual coupler.
14.30 – 15.45 Hasselt, Virga Jesse Basilica, Organ Clerinx (1860's). Time to try the organ yourself.
15.45 – 18.00 St-Quintinus Cathedral
Gothic church, built between the 11th en 15th C. Organ (III/P, 34) by Niehoff (1593) / Binvignat (1793) / Schumacher. The organ of Nicolas Niehoff got partially destroyed in a fire in 1725 but a good part of the Niehoff-pipes were re-used by Binvignat. Binvignat excellently managed to integrate the Niehoff-pipes in this 18th C. organ, blending elements of French and German style. Reconstruction of the 1793 condition in 2002. Demonstration by Johan Hermans
14.30 - 18.00 Alternative possibilities for the afternoon: - Carillon Museum, National Museum of Jenever, Fashion Museum, Chocolate Shop Boon
19.00 – 22.00 Final dinner in Sky Lounge Restaurant (view over the city)
Saturday, April 7th, 2018
Till noon or . . . Free morning (shopping) in Hasselt
15.00-16.15 Hasselt, St-Quintinus Cathedral
Organ recital by European Chapter member Jennifer Chou, Melbourne, AUS
Admission free and open to the public
Organ Niehoff (1593) / Binvignat (1793) / Schumacher
16.15 – 17.30 Final final goodbye while enjoying a last Belgian beer.
Hotel Information and Registration
The selected hotel is the Park Inn by Radisson hotel in Hasselt (Belgium)
Address: Sint-Jozefstraat 10.2.2
B 3500 Hasselt - Belgium
Phone: +32 11 71 88 80
Contact: Mrs. Stéphanie Raskin
Special room rates for participants of the AGO Europe 2018 Spring Meeting:
Single bedroom 1 person € 85,00
Double bedroom 2 persons € 95,00
Twin bedroom 2 persons € 95,00
Full buffet breakfast included
TVA and service included
City Tax of € 2,50 per person per night to be added (2017 rate, might slightly differ in 2018)
Please make your hotel reservation as soon as possible. After you have made your reservation, write and tell Johan j.h.o(at)skynet.be and Judy judith.riefel-lindel(at)outlook.com. They will then place your name on our official Participants List. The sooner you do this the better, in order to help us and the hotel in our planning.
Room Reservations and Payments
For participants who want to spend Saturday, April 7th 2018 in Hasselt, the hotel will arrange a secured room to hold the luggage after check-out till leaving.
Questions ? Please contact one of the following persons:
We are looking forward to seeing you in Hasselt in April 2018 !