ⓒ 2011 - 2021
In the past cultural season Provincie-Noord Brabant provided with the opportunity to work as the first 'city composer' of Meierijstad! Very exciting and scary at times. And now finally, in the ultimate weekend of November '21 I will be presenting the piece Conversations with Friends, a musical discovery of special church organs in the municipality. The goal of my assignment is stimulating a flourishing and lively music sector which is part of the community and which is led by music makers and composers.
In the middle of the second lockdown I set about on various walks across Meierijstad to seek connection with residents, local cultural phenomena, heritage and stories. The possibilities for serendipitous exchange were quite limited at the time, but I eventually managed to find some acquaintances. The saints Rita, Oda, Barbara and Cecilia were present everywhere from chapels to facades and on lamp post stickers. I became fascinated by locked church doors and developed an increasing curiosity about the beautiful organs hidden behind them: quiet like sleeping primal synthesizers.
For every sacred lady I wrote a theme with corresponding music. This new music will be performed on November 27th in the Lambertuskerk (Veghel), Servatiuskerk (Schijndel) and Sint-Martinuskerk (St. Oedenrode) at 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00. It's recommended to check out multiple performances to gain an understanding of the effect of different spaces, instruments and interpreters/performers.
Date & time:
UPDATE: THESE CONCERTS ARE CANCELLED ON NOVEMBER 27th & WILL BE POSTPONED TO SPRING 2022
- Lambertuskerk Veghel. Performer: t.b.a.
- Servatiuskerk Schijndel. Organist: Rob Cornelissen (Why Tony)
- Sint-Martinuskerk St. Oedenrode. Organist: Bert Augustus
This project is kindly supported and made possible by Provincie Noord-Brabant & Phoenix Cultuur, and would not be possible without the trust of the local churches and organists. Thank you all.