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Festival 2021: a huge success!


The Haarlem Organ Festival celebrated its 70th anniversary with a week-long festival. Beautiful, intimate and overwhelming experiences were on the menu with the spectacular Haarlem organs and the Bavo carillon in the leading role.

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Gabriele Agrimonti winner 53rd International Organ Improvisation Competition


The jury of the International Organ Festival Haarlem has unanimously declared the Italian Gabriele Agrimonti (1995) the winner of the 53rd International Organ Improvisation Competition Haarlem. The Flentrop Audience Award went to Cyril Julien from Switzerland.

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The finalists have been announced


Final Round Improvisation Competition on Saturday 24 July in the Grote of St.-Bavokerk.

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Results and Order of playing in the First Round


Wednesday 21 July: the First Round of the Improvisation Competition. Here are the results!

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Hayo Boerema organist at concert performance 'Dreams as Messiaen


Hayo Boerema replaces organist Gerrie Meijers in the performance of 'Dreams as Messiaen'

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Impressive opening concert


With an impressive opening concert for an almost 'full house' due to corona, the Organ Festival got off to a successful start last night.

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Henny Hogenbijl Music Prize 2021 for Peter Ouwerkerk


The Henny Hogenbijl Music Prize 2021 will be awarded this year to musician and organizer Peter Ouwerkerk. The prize, consisting of a statuette and a cash prize of € 15,000, is awarded annually to a person or organization that, often behind the scenes, has made a merit in the field of classical music. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday 22 July prior to the 'Dreaming like Messiaen' performance.

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Mayor Jos Wienen will open the festival


Mayor Jos Wienen will open the festival on Monday evening 19 July as a prelude to the concert by the Flemish ensemble Het Collectief.

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Summer Academy postponed again, Competition and concerts will continue in 2021


The organization of the International Organ Festival is very sad to announce that the Summer Academy has to be postponed again until 2022. The main argument is that it is still too risky to ask international students and professors to travel to Haarlem in these circumstances, and to gather on organ lofts with sometimes very limited space.

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