Adelheid Boehme - Portraits Mitarbeiter Akademie Hofgeismar

Adelheid Böhme

studied music at the Hochschulen für Kirchenmusik in Dresden and in Halle/Saale. After completing her Sacred Music Diploma at the A-level, she enrolled for complementary studies in organ at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig, concluding them with her Concert Performance Examination. Adelheid Böhme worked as a docent for organ and choral conducting at the Hochschule für Kirchenmusik in Dresden and had a busy concert schedule as an organist. After having several positions in Dresden she came to Hofgeismar in 2002 to work as a Church Musician at the Predigerseminar of the Evangelischen Kirche of Kurhessen-Waldeck.


Events with Adelheid Böhme:
14 Gottesdienst


80. Geburtstag 2

Prof. Dr. phil. Hartmut Broszinski

Prof. Dr. phil. Hartmut Broszinski is a retired Senior Library Director. After studying music he continued his education by completing his doctorate in Germanic and English philology and literature and musicology and a degree in library science. In 1980 he accepted a position as curator of the Department of Manuscripts and Music at the Library of the Universität Gesamthochschule Kassel. In 1991 he became the Senior Director of the Landesbibliothek Fulda, and in 1994 he was granted the title of Honorary Professor. After retiring in 1997 he continued as Head of the Fürstlich Waldecksche Hofbibliothek in Arolsen and works for the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft researching alchemical manuscripts in Kassel; in addition musicological studies.

Events with Prof. Dr. phil. Hartmut Broszinski:
2 Festivities at the Court in Kassel circa 1600 – The Royal Christening of Elisabeth of Hessen and the Music Connected with it.


MW.cavata-13Camerata Cavata

Camerata Cavata is a group of musicians belonging to the society cavata cassel, a registered non-profit organization which has undertaken to promote Early Music in Kassel. Together with visiting performers the ensemble plays music from manuscripts and early printed books which formerly belonged to the Hofkapelle in Kassel and are now in the collection of the Universitätsbibliothek-Landesbibliothek und Murhardsche Bibliothek der Stadt Kassel.


Events with Camerata Cavata:
15 Matinee Concert


Andreas Düker bildAndreas Düker

studied classical guitar in Kassel with Wolfgang Lendle and lute with Stephen Stubbs in Bremen. His concert activities include several opera productions in Germany and abroad, as well as numerous solo concerts and concerts with ensembles. He received a special mention as the best lutenist at the international competition “Musica Antiqua” in Bruges in 1996 and has made recordings and taken part in radio productions. Over the years he has performed at the Händelfestspiele in Göttingen, the Tage für Alte Musik in Kassel and in Georgsmarienhütte as well as at the Dommusiktage in Gandersheim and the Bodensee-Festival.

Events with Andreas Düker:
1 Elisabeth of Hessen – Music of an aristocratic artist
5 Lutes and Paintings – Image Critique with Music for Families – a Guided Tour with Musical Accompaniment for Inquisitive Eyes and Ears
10 Lutes for Little People – A Concert for Children
11 Elisabeth of Hessen – Music of an aristocratic artist
15 Matinee Concert


Jochen FaulhammerJochen Faulhammer

Jochen Faulhammer is active as a freelance singer in the fields of oratorio, Lied and opera. As a church musician he directs the choir of the Kreuzkirche in Kassel, producing regular performances of masterpieces of sacred music. One of the focal points of his work is early music. As a member of the society cavata cassel he has dedicated himself to the interpretation of musical resources in the Murhardsche Bibliothek in Kassel. Furthermore he sings Portuguese music with the trio “Alma lusitana” and performs musical cabaret in northern Hessian dialect.

Events with Jochen Faulhammer:
1 Elisabeth of Hessen – Music of an aristocratic artist
4 The Kassel Court Orchestra – The Ensemble of a Forgotten Cultural Metropolis of the 16th Century
11 Elisabeth of Hessen – Music of an aristocratic artist
15 Matinee Concert


Angelika_1Dr. Angelika Horstmann

Dr. Angelika Horstmann, born in 1956, studied musicology and art history at the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen. After completing her doctorate she worked for the Internationale Quellenlexikon zur Musik RISM (Répertoire International des Sources Musicales), Munich. Simultaneously she compiled a new catalogue of the printed music belonging to the Hofkapelle in Kassel for the Universitätsbibliothek Kassel (in collaboration with the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft). In addition she was the curator of several exhibits for the Kasseler Musiktage and the Universitätsbibliothek Kassel, served as a scientific advisor for the Archiv Frau und Musik in Frankfurt, and wrote articles for scientific journals. For the last ten years she has been working as an editor for the Pan Verlag Basel/Kassel.

Events with Dr. Angelika Horstmann:
1 Elisabeth of Hessen – Music of an aristocratic artist
11 Elisabeth of Hessen – Music of an aristocratic artist


Foto 1 Martin HurttigMartin Hurttig

Martin Hurttig started his training as a maker of plucked musical instruments in 2001 and completed the study program for making musical instruments in Marktneukirchen in 2008. In that year he also served several internships in museums and with other artisans, finally deciding to concentrate mainly on historical instruments. In 2009 Martin Hurttig opened his own atelier in Leipzig and builds lutes, mandolins, and historical guitars.


Events with Martin Hurttig:
6 A Lute Maker Exhibits his Work (23. September)
6 A Lute Maker Exhibits his Work (24. September)
9 Watch Lute Building – A Lute Building Workshop for Children and Young People


kammerchor_2016_1Chamber Choir of the Kreuzkirche

The choir of the Kreuzkirche in Kassel looks back on sixty years of experience. Since 2000 the members have been singing under the leadership of Jochen Faulhammer.
Alongside its activities as a church choir the Chamber Choir has established itself as an independent ensemble with regular rehearsals. Its repertoire contains i. a. works by Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, Brahms, Tudino, Monteverdi, Palestrina, Desprez, Stanford, Hindemith, and Britten.
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Events with Chamber Choir of the Kreuzkirche:
2 Festivities at the Court in Kassel circa 1600 – The Royal Christening of Elisabeth of Hessen and the Music Connected with it.


Emma_Kirkby_-_NEW_photo_1Emma Kirkby

Emma Kirkby feels very lucky in many ways:  that she met renaissance vocal polyphony while still at school, that she studied Classics at university, that she sang with a wonderful choir, the Schola Cantorum of Oxford, and, best of all, that she encountered from the start the “historical” instruments known to Renaissance and Baroque composers, the lute, harpsichord, and wind and string instruments whose sound and human scale drew from her an instinctive response.  Continuing this passion as a schoolteacher, she was soon invited to perform professionally with pioneer groups; and long partnerships followed with British and international ensembles, individual players, and record companies, so that now Emma’s voice and style are recognized worldwide.
Of a series of UK honours the most recent have been, in 2007, the title of Dame Commander of the British Empire, and in 2011 the Queen’s Medal for Music. Amazed by all this, she is nevertheless glad of the recognition it implies for a style of interpretation that values harmony, clarity and stillness over things like volume and display; above all she is delighted to see a new generation of singers and players bringing their skills to the endeavour.

Events with Emma Kirkby:
7 Festive Ceremony – Opening Concert – “Lute Songs for Two Elisabeth’s”
12 Cassel – Graetz – Venetia Music on a Journey – From the Repertoires of the Kassel and Graz Hofkapellen


Dr. LangeDr. Justus Lange

Justus Lange studied art history, classical archaeology, and Spanish philology at the universities of Würzburg and Salamanca. He completed his doctorate in January 2001 with a thesis on the early paintings of the Spanish-Neapolitan Baroque artist Jusepe de Ribera. Subsequently he worked as an academic assistant at the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister of the Mueseumlandschaft Hessen Kassel. From 2004 – 2009 he worked as custos of the collection of paintings, graphic art, and sculpture in the Städtisches Museum Braunschweig. Since December 2009 he holds the position of Director of the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister of the Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel. Numerous publications about painting in the 16th and 17th centuries, the history of the collection, and about the interaction between painting and literature in the 20th century (e.g. Dostoyevsky, Rilke, Raabe).

Events with Dr. Justus Lange:
5 Lutes and Paintings – Image Critique with Music for Families – a Guided Tour with Musical Accompaniment for Inquisitive Eyes and Ears


Foto: Johannes Gellner
Foto: Johannes Gellner

Neue Hofkapelle Graz- Mit Herz und Hirn

Since the first Hofkapelle Graz was founded in 1564 a lot of things have changed. The court has left; the direct line of descent is broken. The New Hofkapelle Graz, established in 2010, not only brings new life to old concepts, it carries the new concepts out into the world and at the same time transports something back home … and fortunately this time there are woman in the ensemble – and in leading positions.
Lucia Froihofer at the position of first violin, whose musicality is rooted in Styrian folk music, and Michael Hell on the harpsicord and recorder work together directing the ensemble with heart and soul and have formed it into a versatile orchestra of the type one needs for playing not only Baroque dances but also elegant orchestral compositions. The stories that the Hofkapelle wants to tell in the process are diverse, composed as they are of newly arranged Baroque music, scenes from operas, even now and then new compositions, and last but not least original texts in historically-authentic performance practice, the emotional content of which reaches from the deepest valley of tears to the most brilliant high notes.
Always on the move, from Lithuania to Albania, to be heard on Ö1, ORF and WDR, present at the European festivals for Early Music (Cologne Fest für Alte Musik, Musica Viva Osnabrück, Styrian festivals …), the Hofkapelle is also active at home. In their home town, Graz, the new Hofkapelle has established a Baroque orchestra concert series. In connection with the Universalmuseum Joanneum, the Hofkapelle conducts the series Alte Musik im Palais in which young “new blood” audiences have the opportunity of experiencing every concert as a moderated family concert. In 2013 the Hofkapelle had their debut in the Cologne Philharmonic Hall with one of these programs. Their CDs are dedicated to the Styrian Baroque composers Joseph Fux and Valentin Lechner.

Events with first Hofkapelle Graz:
7 Festive Ceremony – Opening Concert – “Lute Songs for Two Elisabeth’s”
12 Cassel – Graetz – Venetia Music on a Journey – From the Repertoires of the Kassel and Graz Hofkapellen


Dr. Brigitte PfeilDr. Brigitte Pfeil

Brigitte Pfeil obtained her doctorate in Mainz with a thesis on medieval literary and cultural history and specialized in medieval codicology, the history of books, and editorial problems. Between 1999 and 2011 she edited or alternatively researched medieval manuscripts in connection with third-party-funded projects in Mainz, Leipzig, Halle and Erfurt. In late 2011 Dr. Pfeil transferred to the Universität Kassel accepting a position as field librarian for manuscripts, music manuscripts, printed music, and early printed books at the Universitätsbibliothek Kassel; in early 2014 she then took over as head of the Special Collections Department.

Events with Dr. Brigitte Pfeil:
3 La Principessa and Courtly Life – A Guided Tour to Selected Examples of the Treasures in the Collection of the University Library


Portrait2Karl Waldeck

Karl Waldeck was born in Kassel in 1958. He studied protestant theology in Bielefeld-Bethel, Basel, Marburg, and Göttingen. Graduated from the Henri-Nannen-Journalistenschule – Hamburger Journalistenschule. Pastor. Completed training as a PR consultant (DPRG). From 1990 – 1993 pastor in a parish in the county of Marburg and simultaneously media advisor for the Diocese Waldeck and Marburg. From 1993 – 2011 spokesperson for the regional church, head of public relations activities for the Evangelische Kirche von Kurhessen-Waldeck. From 2011 Director of the Evangelische Akademie Hofgeismar, responsible among other things for the areas music (series “Musik verstehen”, “Bachkantate zum Mitsingen”, “Theologische Musikästhetik”).

Events with Karl Waldeck:
8 Morning Walk at Sunrise
13 Gesundbrunnen as a Spa – Lucubrationes
14 Church Service