In October 2021 Orgelmakerij Bakker & Timmenga completed the restoration of the Friedrich Leichel organ in the Lambertuskerk in Arum.  Theo Jellema, consultant for this project, did (archival) research on the organ history of Arum.  The result can be read in the first part of a 2-part article, in which Jellema considers the Leichel instrument in the context of Frisian organ culture.
A hundred years ago the Nederlandsche Organisten Vereeniging (NOV) led an intensive campaign to improve the salaries of organists.  In early 1922 an experiment named a few reputed organists in several provinces to lead the salary campaign.  You can read about it in the rubric ‘Een eeuw geleden’ {a century ago}.

In the last decades there have been notable improvements, thanks to restoration projects, in our knowledge of the organ makers Jacobus François and Johannes Jacobus Moreau.  Until now there was no complete list of their work.  Auke H. Vlagsma offers such a list here, and provides information about the works of these organ makers.

Jos van der Kooy’s column considers stage fright, and in particular what he himself has experienced during his playing.

This year César Franck’s 200th birthday is celebrated.  Franck is considered to be the father of the modern French organ school.  He stood at the beginning of a fruitful period with composers such as Guilmant, Widor, Vierne, Tournemire, Dupré, Duruflé and Messiaen.  In a series of articles Jan Hage investigates the state of affairs in French organ composing in 2022.  He asserts that the line from Franck continues unbroken.  In the first part of the article 3 composers are considered:  Valéry Aubertin, Jean-Baptiste Robin and Grégoire Rolland.

Jan R. Luth read Bach – zijn meesterwerken en muzikale universum by Christoph Wolff and wrote an extensive review.  Cees van der Poel reviews The work-list of Henry Erben: organ builder in nineteenth-century New York by Stephen L.  Pinel.

The rubric ‘Achterplaat’ {back page} is devoted this year to objects in the Nationaal Orgelmuseum in Elburg.  In this issue the house organ by Jan Keijzer, recently acquired by the museum, is the reason for Jan van Gijn to provide some information about this organ builder.