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. Jacobi.

1955: New intonation at a lower wind-pressure by Paul Ott.

1978: Another repair by the company Ott. Especially the now very leaky windchests. The changes in the key action were partially undone and the bellows were made again operational. Pipework repairs.

Disposition: (S)=Schnitger, (O)=Ott,(B)=von Beckerath,(K)=Kemper, (*) For Schnitger

Oberwerk   Rückpositif   Pedal  
Quintadena 16' (S) Gedackt 8' (S) Prinzipal 16' (S)
Prinzipal 8'(S) Quintadena 8' (O) Oktave 8' (S)
Rohrflöte 8' (S) Prinzipal 4' (S) Oktave 4' (S)
Oktave 4' (S) Blockflöte 4' (S) Flöte 4' (S)
Spitzflöte 4' (S) Quintflöte 2 2/3' (S) Nachthorn 2' (K)
Nasat 2 2/3' (S) Oktave 2' (*) Rauschpfeife II (S,O,K)
Oktave 2' (S) Sifflöte 1 1/3' (*) Mixtur V (O)
Spielflöte 2' (S) Sesquialtera II (*) Posaune 16' (O)
Rauschpfeife II (S) Terzian II (O) Trompete 8' (O)
Mixtur V-VI (O) Scharf IV-VI (O) Cornet 2' (O)
Zimbel III (O) Krummhorn 8' (O)    
Trompete 8' 9 (S,O)        
Vox Humana 8' (B)        

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
Spendenkonto "Förderkreis Arp-Schnitger-Orgel"
Konto Nr. 520 900, BLZ 210 602 37
Ev. Darlehensgenossenschaft (EDG) Kiel
Alternatively, you can deposit a donation online via paypal also on our website. All donors thanked for past and future donations!

2014: The financing of the organ restoration has made great progress over the past year. € 422.000,- is secured. The total cost will be approximately 770,000,-
The contract with the organ workshop Kristian Wegscheider will be signed shortly, so that the work can start in early 2015.
You can support
the restoration 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 donor book. More seer our information sheet (02)

2015/2017: Restoration by Kristian Wegscheider.
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)
See video by NDR

Explanation of the restoration at Deutschlandfunk (German language)

Foto from after the restoration of the organcase

  1. E-Mail from Ibo Ortgies from 8-6-2005
  2. 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: 

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: 

The 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'. Source:

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:


Photos below from Gerhard W. Kluth:



Photos below from Dale C. Carr


Photos below from Roelof Kooiker