Impressions from my brief visit to Leiden:
I loved all the waterways in the city, the historical buildings & bridges, the bikes...and the restaurants on the water!
The highlight for an organist was the organ in the Waalse Kerk. The first instrument in this church was built by Gerard Steevens in 1746, and - after some modifications in the course of history - it was restored in 2013/14. The wind pressure is relatively low (60mm), which makes for a gentle and warm sound. The pedal has no stops, but is 'en tirasse' to the Great. Beautiful Plenum, and great solo stops...
Many thanks to organist Eric van Bruggen for the hospitality and the beautiful demonstration.
On a side note: all of the bibles in the pews are from 1900...
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