Documents from the archive of the church in Neuenfelde. See
Photo from Roelof Kooiker
1683-1688: Construction of the organ by Arp Schnitger.
1750: Jakob Albrecht replaces the Trichter Regal of the Rückpositif for the Krummhorn from of the Oberwerk. In the Oberwerk a new Vox Humana. The
temperament of the organ is corrected. ("das ganze Werk in reine Harmonie und Temperatur ... zu korrigieren") according to the contract with Jakob Albrecht (01)
1867: Johann Hinrich Röver replaces the Rückpositif with a Hinterwerk. The windchest and 3 old ranks remained.
1886: Heinrich Röver replaces Mixtur, Cimbel and Vox Humana in Oberwerk and Mixtur and Cornet in the Pedal.
1926: Kemper and H.H. Jahnn undertake reconstruction of the Rückpositif.
1938: Paul Ott: new reeds and mixtures
1951: Repairs to the windchests (moisture damage)
by Rudolf von Beckerath.
He also chagend
the key action
and built a new Vox Humana
for the Hauptwerk,
based on the Schnitger organ
in Hamburg St.
1955: New intonation at a lower wind-pressure by Paul Ott.
repair by the
Especially the now very
changes in the key action
undone and the
Disposition: (S)=Schnitger, (O)=Ott,(B)=von Beckerath,(K)=Kemper, (*) For Schnitger
||2 2/3' (S)
||2 2/3' (S)
||1 1/3' (*)
||8' 9 (S,O)
2011: Decision to restore the organ has been taken!
After an extensive consultation with a wide circle of organexperts the parish
council of St. Pankratius has recently decided to restore the the Arp-Schnitger
organ by the Organworkshop Kristian Wegscheider (Dresden). The cost of
restoration, which will include the painting of the organ and restoration of the
gallery will be approximately € 750.000.- . A significant part of this sum must
be financed by donations.
Therefore we ask you sincerely for your assistance
through transfer of a donation to our
Konto Nr. 520 900, BLZ 210 602 37
Darlehensgenossenschaft (EDG) Kiel
Alternatively, you can deposit a donation
online via paypal also on our website. All donors thanked for past and future
financing of the organ
restoration has made great progress over the past
year. € 422.000,- is secured.
total cost will
with the organ workshop
will be signed shortly, so
that the work can start in early
through the acquisition
of a pipe sponsorship.
Starting at €
50, - you can
become a sponsor a pipe
of your choice.
You will get
a tax-deductible donation receipt,
a certificate and an entry in the
information sheet (02)
2015/2017: Restoration by
The organ has been inaugurated at 11.06.2017 in a Service.
First concerts 25.
June by Martin Böcker and Hilger Kespohl and 2. July by Michael Radulescu (Wien)
video by NDR
Explanation of the restoration at
Deutschlandfunk (German language)
https://www.facebook.com/pg/Arp-Schnitger-Orgel-Neuenfelde after the
restoration of the organcase
- E-Mail from Ibo Ortgies from 8-6-2005
- E-Mail 3-3-2014 from
The remains of
Schnitger’s wind supply: Six
wedge bellows and original canals by Schnitger, reconstructed bellow house
by Ott (The organ is normally powered by a blower which by-passes the bellows
system. But the bellows are fully operational, to be treaded by
one or two persons) Source: http://www.schnitgerorgel.de
Pipework of the Oberwerk: In front the Vox humana (Beckerath), behind
the trumpet (darker cups by Schnitger, others by Ott), then Zimbel,
Mixture and so on... New Zimbelstern by Ott Source: http://www.schnitgerorgel.de
console in the situation of October 2000. New music board and pedal
keyboard, new stop labels, but most of them are in the wrong position below
the stop-knobs (a layman’s work, which will be corrected soon)
The Church of St. Pancratius at Neuenfelde, built 1682-83, belfry from
19th century, view from south.
Pipework of the
Pedal (southern pedal tower):
From left to right: Principal 16', Octave 8', Octav 4', Flute 4',
Rauschpfeife, Nachthorn 2', Mixture, Posaune 16' with incorrect cups of wood
instead of the original tin ones, Trompete 8' with copper cups instead of
tin cups, Cornet 2'.
The pulpit and Schnitger´s seats.
On the right-hand side of the pulpit Schnitger's pew ( in this case a
balcony with windows) can be seen. Source: http://www.schnitgerorgel.de
Photos below from Gerhard W. Kluth:
Photos below from Dale C. Carr
Photos below from Roelof Kooiker