Classical music: Music in the Old Rectory

Chamber concert series "Music in the Old Rectory

The popular chamber concert series has long since made a good name for itself far beyond Beckum. In the 2023/2024 season, the series will again offer top-class concerts with renowned ensembles and soloists, selected by Herbert Pälmke.

Venue and times:

Altes Pfarrhaus Vellern, An der Kirche 4, 59269 Beckum
The event room can be reached at ground level via a side entrance.
Parking: Dorfstraße car park.

Ausnahme: Das 400. Kammerkonzert findet am 07.04.2024 im Beckumer Stadttheater am Lippweg statt.

Start of event:
All chamber concerts start at 20:00
Box office/admission: 19:30


Season subscription:
8 concert evenings - with free choice of seats - at the reduced advance booking price of 147.00 euros.

You can purchase a subscription in person at the citizens' offices of the city of Beckum, by telephone on 02521 29-3301 or by e-mail at:

  • Beckum Town Hall
    Wheelchair-accessible, stop: Beckum, Town Hall
  • Neubeckum Town Hall
    I. Obergeschoss
    Accessible via stairs or narrow lift.
    Haltestelle: Neubeckum, market

Single tickets:
A concert ticket costs 23.00 euros. Order your ticket (except subscriptions) to the desired event conveniently online at: (plus service fee).

You can reach the cultural ticket office by telephone: 02521 29-3350.

Programme overview 2023/2024

Download the full programme of events 2023/24
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  • The next dates

    Thursday, 22 February 2024
    Baroque music on historical instruments

    Katharina Andres
    Ernst Schlader
    Wolfgang Brunner

    Oboist Katharina Andres, clarinettist Ernst Schlader and harpsichordist Wolfgang Brunner dedicate themselves to baroque works by Georg Friedrich Händel, Georg Philipp Telemann, Christioph Graupner and Gottfried Finger with baroque clarinet, baroque oboe, oboe da caccia, recorder, treble chalumeau, bass chalumeau, basson du chalumeau and harpsichord.

    A sonata for chalumeau and basso continuo by the eccentric violinist and composer Francesco Maria Veracini, recently rediscovered by Ernst Schlader in the archives of the Vienna Musikverein, will be heard for the first time in Germany.

    Thursday, 14 March 2024

    Susanna Borsch, recorders
    Susanne Hochscheid, recorders
    Ursula Thelen, recorders and voice
    Kerstin de Witt, recorders

    In 1820, her father wrote to Fanny Mendelssohn, then 15 years old, in a letter: "Music may become a profession for him (Felix), while for you it can and should only ever be an adornment, always a means of education, the fundamental bass of your being and doing. He was thus referring to the limits of what women were socially allowed to do musically. But at all times there were women who were strong enough to assert themselves and express their talent - whether as composers or virtuosos.

    Flautando, the renowned recorder quartet, plays and arranges works by Hildegard von Bingen, Barbara Strozzi, Anna-Amalia von Preussen, Clara Schumann and Rachael Cogan with more than forty recorders of various sizes and designs.

    Sunday, 7 April, 5 pm
    400th Chamber Concert as Anniversary Festival Concert

    Albrecht Menzel, violin and conductor Detmolder Kammerorchester

    Albrecht Menzel plays the Lady Hallè/Ernst Stradivari violin (Cremona 1709), on loan from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben Hamburg. He performs not only as a soloist at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, but also at the invitation of Anne-Sophie Mutter at the world's famous opera houses.

    Albrecht Menzel takes over the direction of the Detmold Chamber Orchestra in Beckum for the 400th chamber concert. The Detmold Chamber Orchestra is characterised by its infectious joy in music-making and its lively approach to concert tradition. It is made up of international students and young graduates of the Detmold University of Music.

    Mozart und Beethoven werden das Beckumer Stadttheater zum Klingen bringen.

    The concert will take place in the city theatre on Lippweg.

    Thursday, 25 April 2024
    Pure Beethoven - Sonatas and Piano Pieces

    Matthias Kirschnereit, piano

    Matthias Kirschnereit is one of the most outstanding pianists in Germany. He now also passes on his talent as a professor at the Rostock University of Music and Theatre. Born in Detmold, the Echo Classic prizewinner particularly enjoys exploring new musical territory.

    "I am looking for the human message," says Matthias Kirschnereit. "The composers have encoded so much: pain, longing, jubilation, triviality and despair. My admiration grows the more familiar they become to me. I live, feel and suffer with them."

    In this way, he creates a rollercoaster of emotions at the piano with "pure Beethoven" not only in the Moonlight Sonata, but also in the Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, op. 31 No. 2, which is also known as "The Tempest".

    Thursday, 30 May 2024
    Reinhold Quartet

    Dietrich Reinhold, 1st violin
    Tobias Haupt, 2nd violin
    Norbert Tunze, viola
    Dorothée Erbiner, violoncello

    For years, the Reinhold Quartet, consisting of musicians from the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, has been a regular guest in Vellern. The quartet was founded in 1996 with the desire to make music together and to follow their own musical paths.

    To mark the 200th anniversary of Carl Reinecke's birth, the Reinhold Quartett takes an in-depth look at the 10th Gewandhauskapellmeister (1860-1895), whose achievements include the training of numerous world-class composers and the premiere of many works by composers such as Brahms and Grieg at the Leipzig Gewandhaus. The programme includes string quartets by Carl Reinecke and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.


Energieversorgung Beckum is once again supporting the "Beckumer Spitzen" and "Musik im Alten Pfarrhaus" series as a sponsor. Many thanks also to the Förderkreis Musik im Alten Pfarrhaus Vellern e. V.

Artistic director of the chamber music series: Herbert Pälmke

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