“Nebulosa – The Organ’s Cosmic Sound Scapes” with particular focus on the Renaissance and Modern Eras 12-21 October, 2018

Hymn Singing Festival in Östergötland, 17 & 18 October, an Excursion Preceding the 2015 Organ Academy

– Organs made by the Swedish builder Pehr Schiörlin (1736–1815)
– Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonatas (master class with Hans Davidsson)
– Hymn Singing (workshops with Per Högberg)

Sixteen of the seventy organs made by Pehr Schiörlin have been preserved. They are very colorful instruments, of outstanding quality and voicing, and with key actions that enable the player to control the tone onset and release in a remarkable way. The Schiörlin instruments are forgotten treasures but they are a spectacular resource for 19th-century hymn singing.

The 1806 instrument in Gammalkil (II/P/28) is the largest and the most renowned of them, and it is the best preserved early 19th-century organ in Sweden. The instrument was Albert Schweitzer’s favorite organ in Sweden. The colorful sound qualities of this instrument, firmly rooted in an 18th-century sound concept, but also inspired by new ideas for expressivity (like the “Windschweller”), make the organ an ideal instrument for Mendelssohn’s organ works. Mendelssohn grew up with 18th-century organs by Joachim Wagner; when performing his Sonatas on the European continent, he chose 18th-century instruments, not least because of their tonal qualities.

Schiörlin’s teacher, Jonas Wistenius, founded the so-called Linköping organ building tradition, when, in 1738, he started out as an independent organ builder after 12 years of study in Ostpreussen, especially in the Königsberg region, with organ builder masters like Johann Josua Mosengel and Georg Sigismund Caspari.


This weekend is organized in collaboration with the Gammalkil Parish and the committee coordinating the activities of the 2015 “Schiörlin” year. Participation in the weekend is free for participants of the Göteborg International Organ Academy. Lodging can be booked through the Academy. Food is not included. We plan to organize travel from Göteborg to Gammalkil and back, but you may also organize your own travel arrangements (including a transfer to Östra Skrukeby on Saturday evening and the excursion on Sunday afternoon).

A detailed program can be found here and you can register for the weekend on the registration forms.