Listening to and singing the works of Sweelinck

Concert and workshop on 22 October 2021

Are you also completely enthralled by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck’s music? We are offering you the opportunity to sing one of his psalms yourself and to listen to some more beautiful choral works afterwards in a special concert performed by the Swiss ensemble Lamaraviglia. 


Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

On 16 October, it will be 400 years since Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck died. This great Dutch composer was the teacher of important German composers like Praetorius and Scheidemann who, in turn, had a strong influence on the work of Bach. The Sweelinck Festival will be held from 16 to 24 October to mark the anniversary of Sweelinck’s death.

This festival with concerts and workshops will take place in and around Amsterdam, but you can also attend a concert and a workshop focussing on this important composer in Delft. At our request, Lamaraviglia is coming to Delft for a concert on Friday 22 October. This ensemble is specialised in Sweelinck’s music and is also participating in the Amsterdam festival. For information about this ensemble, follow this link: Ensemble Lamaraviglia

Prior to the concert, you will be able to sing one of Sweelinck’s psalms yourself under the direction of David Hurley. David Hurley is a regular guest teacher at Koorschool Delft. He was a member for many years of the world-famous ensemble The King’s Singers and he has also sung in the Gabrieli Consort which specialises in Renaissance and Baroque music.

A special concert by
Lamaraviglia: “De tout mon coeur”.

Lamaraviglia Zwitserland Sweelinck festival

Why did a church choir in a remote Swiss valley sing Sweelinck’s demanding psalm settings in the early 18th century in Romansh, the language of this region? Stephanie Boller, mezzo-soprano, delved into the history and made a CD recording of the result with her ensemble Lamaraviglia. During the Sweelinck Festival, but also in Delft, they will sing works from this CD which illustrate the development of the psalms both musically and linguistically.

After the Reformation, a ‘psalm fever’ swept through Europe and consequently also through Switzerland. The basis of the psalms was the so-called Genevan Psalter. This term refers to the 16th century rhymed versification of the psalms (the songs from the book of Psalms in the Bible). This term refers to the 16th century rhymed versification of the psalms (the songs from the book of Psalms in the Bible). Calvin had a complete collection of 150 psalms in French verse from 1562 set to monophonic music with the aim of enabling all believers to sing in their own language and fully experience the service. Polyphonic singing, organ and other instrumental accompaniment were forbidden in Calvin’s church.

However, the composer Claude Goudimel subsequently composed polyphonic settings of these psalms which were soon adopted in singing circles. The psalm fever reached the Netherlands via France and Sweelinck transformed the chorales into artistic polyphonic motets. A music teacher from Zuoz in Switzerland who was visiting Amsterdam for a study vacation, brought the music books back home in 1707 (the books are now in the Zuoz municipal archives). Choral singers copied their parts from the manuscript and translated the text into Romansh, a language with Latin roots that is not far removed from French in terms of rhythm.

Ensemble Lamaraviglia sings the psalm settings in four Swiss languages.

Cecilia McDowall at Koorschool Delft




Lutherse Kerk, Noordeinde 4, Delft

Date and time


Friday 22 October, 17:15 -18:30


Friday 22 October, 20:15


Participation and workshop content

In the workshop, participants will work on Psalm 121 using the French text.

Participants will receive a digital practice file and the sheet music in the post. Participants are expected to study and rehearse their own parts as these will not be studied during the workshop.


Workshop participation: € 28


Lamaraviglia concert: € 22

Workshop participation + concert: € 48 (€ 2 euro discount)

Workshop participation + concert + restaurant De Delf arrangement: € 68 (excl. drinks)

Concert attendance

Due to the coronation measures in force, a ticket must be ordered in advance. This can be done under registration workshop, concert & tickets.

Visitors will be assigned fixed seating and a health check will be carried out beforehand.


Attending the Lamaraviglia concert: € 22


Workshop & Concert Menu Arrangement

In cooperation with restaurant De Delf, Koorschool Delft is offering the special Workshop & Concert Menu Arrangement.

This will save you having to search for a restaurant yourself, ensuring you of a delicious meal after the workshop and of being back in time for the concert. De Delf is an 8-minute walk from the Lutheran Church.

The menu will be sent to you upon receipt of your registration. When you order your ticket, please indicate whether you want to make use of this option.


Workshop participation + concert + restaurant De Delf arrangement: € 68 excl. drinks


Corona-safe singing

The workshops will be held in a corona-safe environment, with the rehearsal room being ventilated every hour. The protocols for choral singing as drawn up by Koornetwerk Nederland will of course be adhered to in so far as they are still in force.


Read the applicable measures here

Registration workshop - concert - concert & tickets

Due to the coronation measures in force, a ticket must be ordered in advance.

Visitors will be assigned fixed seating and a health check will be carried out beforehand.



Ticket Price number Cart
Sweelinck bijwonen concert € 22
Sweelinck workshop € 28
Sweelinck workshop + bijwonen concert € 48
Sweelinck workshop + bijwonen concert + menu-arrangement (excl drankjes) € 68

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