At 8 o’clock in the morning the Oude Kerk is a meditative oasis in the city, along with an enervating sunrise to be enjoyed through the towering windows. The music programme Silence fills the air at this early hour, a contemplative counterpoint in a hectic city centre.
On the 4th of August, there is a concert with works by world-famous composer and former house organist of the Oude Kerk, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. The performing musicians are Matteo Imbruno (organ) and Vincent van Amsterdam (accordion). Matteo Imbruno is one of the organists-titular of the Oude Kerk and internationally renowned concert organist and teacher of master classes. Vincent van Amsterdam is a rising talent on the accordion, winner of the Dutch Classical Talent Award 2016 and the Prinses Christina Concours. They will play Mein Junges Leben hat ein End and the Chromatische Fantasie by Sweelinck, among other things.
Music in the Oude Kerk The Oude Kerk boasts an impressive musical history and in the 16th century the church was one of the first places in Northern Europe where audiences could enjoy public concerts. While the restoration of the Vater-Müller organ is underway, the Oude Kerk decided to make good use of these quiet times and turn its attention to a new musical programme. Conversations with musicians, artists and programmers resulted in the November 2016 launch of a music programme that ties in with the Oude Kerk’s art programme and the context of a monumental building. The concerts in the Silence series always start at 08:00 and are often held on the morning of the first Friday of the month.