Henk Verhoef studied organ in Amsterdam and Paris. He has an international career as a concert organist and teacher. Besides being a regular player of the organ in the Oosterkerk, he is organist of the Amsterdam Nieuwe Kerk, and organist and carillonneur of the Free University. He publishes on historic organs and is involved in restorations as a consultant; currently in the Lutheran Church of Edam, among others. In addition to being an organist and carillonneur, Henk Verhoef is also a choir director. He directs Camerata Oude Kerk and is the city carillonneur of Woerden and Monnickendam.
The Van Oeckelen Organ
The organ of the Oosterkerk was built by Petrus van Oeckelen in 1871. It has been preserved in its original state and was restored in 2000-2002 by the Flentrop company. The case of the organ is reminiscent of the seventeenth century, and the disposition also has – in addition to modern elements – a number of striking 'old-fashioned' features, which make it plausible that the builder wanted to refer to the world of the Renaissance and Baroque. . The intonation is particularly refined. This makes the organ of the Oosterkerk a rewarding instrument for music from all kinds of style periods.
Wednesday October 13, 2021 – ‘In stile antico’ – KdF Contrapunctus 1 t/m 4; werken van o.a. Sweelinck, Scheidt en Weckmann
Wednesday November 24, 2021 – ‘In Stylo Francese’ – KdF Contrapunctus 5, 6 & 7; werken van o.a. Couperin, De Grigny en Rameau
Wednesday January 12, 2022 – ‘A due soggetti’ – KdF Contrapunctus 8 t/m 11; werken van o.a. Buxtehude en Mendelssohn
Wednesday February 16, 2022 – ‘Spiegeling’ – KdF Contrapunctus 12 & 13, recto en verso; werken van o.a. Schumann en Franck
Wednesday March 23, 2022 – ‘Onvoltooid’ – KdF Canon 1 t/m 4, Contrapunctus 14; werken van o.a. Hindemith en Busoni