Our "Church" funding area focuses on diaconal churches as places of social commitment. As important cultural and historical sites, we support the interior decoration of churches by preserving historic organs, primarily in Baden-Württemberg, and thus contribute to the state's church music heritage.
“Diakoniekirche” funding area
Some church congregations face the problem that church buildings can neither be used for worship nor maintained. One solution is seen in using such churches as diaconal churches and creating offers for the participation and inclusion of people on the fringes of society.
The Berthold Leibinger Stiftung would like to make a long-term commitment to such diaconal churches, thereby linking its "social" and "church" sponsorship areas more closely. In doing so, diaconal churches are to be supported especially in the necessary conversions and equipment.
Funding line "Historical organs
The Berthold Leibinger Stiftung is committed to preserving the organ as a cultural asset. An annual call for proposals focuses on the restoration and renovation of significant instruments in Baden-Württemberg.
The following projects are supported in the current funding round:
Walcker organ of the Evang. Friedenskirche in Ludwigsburg
Main organ (Walcker) of the Evang. Pauluskirche in Stuttgart-West
Organ of Gebr. Späth in the catholic church St. Georg in Aixheim
Bornefeld organ in the Protestant Christ Church in Heidenheim
Weinmar organ of the Evang. Peter-und-Paulskirche in Mössingen
Königin-Katharina-Orgel (Queen Catherine’s Organ) – Schlosskirche Stuttgart
The Protestant church in the Old Castle is a cultural gem of extraordinary architectural and historical significance. It was built in 1562 as the first Protestant church in Württemberg. Today, it continues to captivate visitors with its trendsetting architectural design, its ornate furnishings, and its finely balanced acoustics. The only thing the church lacks is a proper instrument; the organ that has been in the church since 1980 does not harmonize visually, its sound has neither clarity nor depth and it has considerable technical deficits.
The new organ will be named in memory of Queen Catherine, who initiated many good works in Stuttgart. In appearance and timbre, the organ will be based on the instrument built by the legendary Eberhard Friedrich Walcker when the Schlosskirche was renovated in the Neogothic style in 1865.
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