Welcome to Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast #131!
Today's guest Belgian organist Daniel Vanden Broecke.
He received his basic music theory, piano and organ training with Erwin Van Bogaert at the municipal Music Academy in Berchem. At the age of 18, he continued his studies further at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven with Jozef Sluys, Reitze Smits and Joris Verdin. In June 1990 he obtained the diploma of "Organ Laureaat".
Daniel won first prizes in solfège (1985), harmony (1988), counterpoint (1990) and organ (1990) in Fugue (1993).
From 1990 until 2013 he was the organist at the Church of our Lady-birth in Hoboken. There he also accompanied the St. Caecilia choir and the soloists who performed various services.
He was connected as teacher to the Academies in Berchem, Hoboken and Merksem (city of Antwerp) and at the “Antwerpse Volkshogeschool” as a course supervisor.
From 2000 to 2004 Daniel was the coordinator to the “Vlaams Instituut voor Orgelkunst” that merged with the organ in early 2005 Flanders. After 4 years responsible for the communication with the members and promotion of cd’s members he is now Coordinator and he realizes pipe organ projects.
Het Orgel in Vlaanderen ("The Organ in Flanders") is a non-profit association founded in 1990 in order to maintain and to improve the organ culture and the organ heritage in Flanders. This organ heritage should be re-valuated and brought to the attention of people who are not so involved like organists and musicians. The heritage contains a.o. organs who need to be restored or are already restored. A broader view contains the whole organ culture in Flanders, the instruments, the organists, as well professionals as amateurs, the organ students, and also the historical musical manuscripts and documents.
Between 1990 and 2000 the most important issue was the realisation of "the Day of the Organ", organ concerts with free entrance (at first in Bruges, later on in different cities of Flanders), the making and distributing of photographs of Flemish historical organs, and the publication of a magazine for the members.
In 2000 the Board of directors was joined by some deputies of the cultural world in Flanders, mostly people who were involved in the care of the monuments. The office moved from Bruges to Antwerp. The "Day of the Organ" became part of the yearly "Day of the Monuments", and was renamed "Organ on Open Monument Day". The website www.orgelinvlaanderen.be was started and contains also the monthly organ mail newspaper.
The magazine for members changed from bimonthly to three-monthly and was named "Information magazine of Flemish Organ culture".
The association grew and other activities were organised, such as the "Flemish Organ Days", when every two years a city was chosen where "The Organ in Flanders" organizes a weekend with a competition for non-professional organists, and with different concerts and workshops. There is also a Summer Academy.
Since 2004 the association has an own cd-label "Vision-Air", with recordings that are called "Flemish Organ Treasures", in co-operation with radio Klara, the classical Flemish radio.
Another part of the work of the association is advising and helping local projects that bring the organ heritage to a larger public, and co-operates in the exploitation of the organs in the Congres Center Elzenveld, by contacting organists and drawing up programs. In the context of the re-use of churches, finally, the Organ in Flanders support to church councils and others replacements of instruments and exploitation of organs.
In 2015 a project to raise awareness children and young people for the organ was started: Orgelkids. A next step was the development of a digital app for children and young people.
Pedagogical seminars for organ teachers are annually realized the in cooperation with OVSG.
“The Organ in Flanders” is a partner of Herita and also works closely with the CRKC (Leuven) and Open Churches.
In all of this the Flemish Government, department Heritage, is partner of "Het Orgel in Vlaanderen".
In this conversation Daniel shares his insights about his work with Het Orgel in Vlaanderen and how these initiatives are reaching children of all ages.
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