Posted on: September 5, 2014
This month The Old Church in Amsterdam’s Red Light District will start with the restoration of its large Vater-Müller organ. The organ will be brought back to it’s former glory allowing it to keep going for at least another 300 years. On September 13, the restoration starts and you can be part of this historical project!
The organ in The Old Church was built by Christaan Vater between 1724 and 1728. He replaced the instrument which was being played for decades by the famous composer and organist Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. The last restoration took place 150 years ago and was carried out by Johan Caspar Müller, when the church tower was at risk of subsiding. The costs for the restoration of the Vater-Müller organ in the Old Church – the oldest building in Amsterdam – will be 1.3 million euros. Funding for the project is nearing completion, with 70% of funds already raised.
A benefit had been organised to raise the remaining 30% required. On September 13 the restoration starts with its natural stoned funding and you’re welcome to witness this day at a benefit dinner! You can reserve a table for 8 people for a donation of 1,200 Euros or just a seat for 150 Euros. While enjoying some great food and conversation with other supporters of The Old Church, experts in the restoration business will share their stories and the Vater-Müller Organ will play for the last time in its ancient state.
This is a great way to have an original night out and to help preserve one of the greatest organs in the world!
For more information or to book a table or seat, check: http://www.oudekerk.nl/en/