The restoration of the organ of St. Mary’s Church of Rostock is a complex and expensive matter.
Under the very realization of the project, the support from major donators and from Heritage Preservation Funds (certainly for the organ’s facade) will be necessary.
To receive such support, own financial resources are needed in advance. Those have to be gained by the Parish and the two Associations (Church Music Friends and Friends of St. Mary’s Church). Such resources are also needed for all preparation work, including several expertises and research, which normally is not funded by public authorities.
Yet the different preliminary expertises
- Restoration of the surfaces of organ, organ loft, duke’s balcony
- Laser-scan of casework and measurements and historical investigations of the inner structures including dendrochronology
- Decontamination from wood preservatives, further health and safety measures
will raise costs of more than 50.000 Euro.
The church and its organ are owned by the Lutheran City Parish of Rostock (Website>). The parish ist the awarding authority of the project. But this congregation of 4,000 members administrates three gothic churches with 2,000 seats in total. The preservation of such cultural heritage is not at the core of the congregations work. Therefore there is a long and well-established tradition of cooperation with external supporters:
Regarding the church building, it is the Förderverein Stiftung St. Marien-Kirche e. V. (Website>), the Association of Friends of St. Mary’s Church. Its board has confirmed the will to support the restoration of all the surfaces of organ, organ loft and the duke’s balcony beneath. In more than 30 years, this association was succesfully raising funds for the restoration of St. Mary’s church. This was made possible by subsidies from public authorities and foundations.
The restoration of the technical side of the instrument will be supported by the Förderverein für Kirchenmusik in der Innenstadtgemeinde e. V., the Association of Friends of Church Music within the City Parish (Website>). This association succesfully comissioned a positive organ for the parish. Another pipe patronage campaign will be announced at proper time, among other fundraising activities.
In September 2019, the Jahresköste der Rostocker Kaufmannschaft (a traditional fundraising event of Rostock’s Tradesmen Association) granted EUR 25,000 for the ectensive investigations preparing the organ’s restoration. Read more>
In July 2020, the MeckRohr GmbH Company donated EUR 10,000 for the same purpose. Read more>
In December 2020, we received a donation from the Peter Linder Foundation of EUR 20,000.
The Rostock Academy of Music and Performing Arts performs annual charity concerts for the restoration of St. Mary’s. This series is aranged by the Rostock chapter of the Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz, the German Heritage Trust. The income of the 2020 and 2021 concert have been adressed to the organ project. Read more>
If you want to help spontaneously:
Here you find account informations for the Parish and the two Friends Associations. At least in Germany, all donations are tax deductive. Please add “Orgel Marienkirche” as purpose of the donation. Donations will be confirmed from a level of normally EUR 200,- if an address has been named. For smaller donations, confirmations will be sent upon request.
Rostocker Volks- und Raiffeisenbank eG
(this is a “Donate”-button!)
Rostocker Volks- und Raiffeisenbank e. G.