BAMBERG



The Church of St. Martin is the central sacral building in the middle of Bamberg. Its unique architectural features and acoustics make it not only the spiritual but also the artistic centre and the focal point for church music. The best of the great instruments by Georg Friedrich Steinmeier from 1894 has a remarkable range of colours, derives from late German romanticism but is also suitable for many compositions from the baroque and modern periods. For small ensembles and as a continuo instrument, a chest organ by Hey has been in use since 2016. In 2014, a concert series called « Music in St. Martin’s » was launched with the Bavarian Minister of Health, Malenie Huml, assuming the patronage. The series offers organ music in the main, but also organ in combination with other instruments and song. One focus in the programmes derives from the proximity of Bohemia, and the contact to Czech musicians as well as the fact that Bamberg is the partner town of Prague Old Town. The organ series comprises nine evening concerts per year.

Artistic advisor and organiser: Prof. DDr. Ulrich Theißen, in cooperation with Förderverein St. Martin Bamberg e.V.
Contact persons: ulrich.theissen@sbg.ac.at; schley.reindl@gmail.com



BRATISLAVA - ORGAN FESTIVAL



Since 2012 the Bratislava Organ Festival has been following the tradition of one of the principal music festivals in Slovakia, the « Days of Organ Music », an international event with a 30-year history, which takes place in the Music Hall of Bratislava Castle. The Bratislava Organ Festival enriches the traditional offer of organ recitals through original productions with the emphasis on contemporary music, the atypical combination of the organ with other instruments and crossover projects outside the sphere of classical music. While it continues to present most its concerts at Bratislava Castle, BOF is expanding to other venues in the capital city. The concerts run for two weeks during the summer holidays, usually in July.

Artistic director: Marek Vrábel
Manager: Andrea Serečinová
Contacts: mjuzik@mjuzik.eu, andrea.serecinova@profi.sk, 00421 905 397306, bof.mjuzik.eu, www.facebook.com/BratislavskyOrganovyFestival

BRNO



The Brno organ festival has taken place every year since 1981 and has become a showcase for top players of all generations from around the world. Under the artistic direction of the well-known Brno organist Hana Bartošová, the concert programmes present an attractive cross-section of organ works from the Baroque to the 21st century. The festival is one of the popular events which regularly enrich life in Brno on June evenings. The long period of its existence proves that organ music in Brno and surroundings is constantly in the public eye and attracts listeners from all age groups.

Contact :

Hana Bartošová
brt@volny.cz
www.varhany.nomi.cz


ECHTERNACH - ECHTERNACHER ORGELSOMMER



From 2015 on, the Echternach Tourist Office, in collaboration with the Parish of Echternach and under the artistic direction of Paul Kayser, invite visitors to the « Echternach Organ Summer » which takes place between the end of August and the middle of September. Organ concerts of international standing are held every year. The « Echternach Organ Summer « is part of a concert series entitled « Organ summer in Rhineland abbeys and churches ». This network comprises concerts in Altenberg, Himmerod, Kyllburg, Manderscheid, Maria Laach, Marienstatt and Echternach. The organizers were pleased to become part of the international grouping « Organ festivals » in 2016. Echternach, the oldest town in Luxembourg, with its medieval flair and the « Echternach Dancing Procession », a UNESCO intangible world heritage event, forms the ideal backdrop for these organ concerts.

Contact: Tourist Office Echternach.
Tel 00352-720230,
info@echternach-tourist.lu


Paul Kayser
contact@paulkayser.lu
www.echternach.tv



HAVIROV- International festival VOX ORGANI



the youngest city in Czech Republic - was introduced in 2010. One feature is rather uncommon, the concerts are held in a chamber setting of the concert hall of the Cultural centre Radost, which is a cultural heritage site in the Czech Republic.

There are at least four concerts, primarily of organ music, designed to broaden the cultural offering in the city and the region for organ music lovers of all age brackets. The concept of upcoming concerts envisages the use of modern technical equipment in the hall (spatial arrangement and light park) and interpretative diversity in the choice of repertoire and combination of accompanying musical instruments.

The Municipal Cultural Centre Havířov, the state-funded institution of the city of Havířov, is the organizer of the event. Contact:

The Municipal Cultural Centre Havířov

Hlavní třída 31a, 736 01 Havířov

www.mkshavirov.cz

responsible: Monika Hrabalová, hrabalova@mkshavirov.cz

Artistic director: Kateřina Chroboková, katerina.chrobokova@seznam.cz





ROME - INTERNATIONAL ORGAN FESTIVAL



The International Organ Summer Festival in Rome has taken place every year in July since 2004 in beautiful churches in the historical centre of Rome.
For 13 years the Festival has hosted some of the most renowned international organists such as Jean Guillou, Jean-Paul Imbert, Thomas Trotter, David Briggs, John Scott, Christopher Herrick, Stephen Tharp, Colin Walsh, Roger Sayer, Daniel Zaretsky, Willibald Guggenmos, Gerard Brooks, Hans Uwe Hielsher and Alessandro Bianchi. Under the artistic direction of the Italian organist and composer Marco Lo Muscio, the concert programmes present all kinds of music: from medieval times up to the contemporary period with a particular emphasis on new music, transcriptions/arrangements and cross-over". Contact:

Marco Lo Muscio : info@marcolomuscio.com +39 349 4030660.
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SLAVONICE - INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL



The festival Vivat varhany (Long live the organ) originated in 2010 and is devoted to celebrated, mostly Czech organists.
The Genius loci of the town, together with its remarkable range of instruments, makes it an ideal place for organ concerts.
The festival is organized by the civic organization Czech Culture.

Slavonice is a noteworthy town, one of the Renaissance highpoints of southwestern Moravia; the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, with its dominant urban tower, is located between two squares.

Contact: Ilona Hronková, e-mail: hronkova@ceske-kulturni-slavnosti.cz, ph: +420 777616888
Head of Arts: Jan Páleníček, e-mail: palenicek@ceskakultura-os.cz, ph: +420 777838016



Stockholm International Organ Festival OrganSpace



Discover the beautiful capital of Scandinavia and many of its magnificent instruments during the festival OrganSpace Stockholm, which takes place every second year in September. Many concerts performed by international organ stars, in churches and Stockholm's famous Town Hall. Join our gatherings with organists and organ connoisseurs! Entrance free to all concerts.


www.organspace.se



TRNAVA (SLOVAKIA)



Trnava Organ Days - one of the first organ festivals created in Slovakia after 1989 was founded by Slovak concert organist Stanislav Šurin in 1996. It take place in St Nicolas Basilica in Trnava with its two original historical organs, organ positiv (Valentin Arnold, 1783) and big romantic instrument (Rieger Otto Budapest, 1912). The festival usually offers ca 7 concerts on Sunday evenings in summer (August / September).
www.bachovaspolocnost.sk



WÜRZBURG, Kirchenmusik Mariannhill



The Würzburg abbey "Mariannhill" organises organ, choral and orchestral concerts; a particular feature is the Steinmeyer organ (III/55) which was completed in 1949. This instrument is known far beyond the region as one of the most important examples of organ manufacture in the post-war period and it draws visitors from all over the world.

The concert series was founded in 1999 by church organist Rudolf Müller to celebrate the 5oth anniversary of the organ. Apart from the numerous appearances of guest organists from Europe, the annual concert series "The organ for children" and the improvisation concerts held before Christmas are a permanent fixture in the Mariannhill musical programme.

Contact: www.kirchenmusik-mariannhill.de