Gerhard Dickel, for many years Kantor and organist at St. Michaelis, the main church of Hamburg and professor at that Hamburg Musikhochschule, died on July 14, 2003, briefly after his 65th birthday, after serious illness.
We may look back on a long and fruitful co-operation with Gerhard Dickel: It began on January 27, 1997, the anniversary for the victims of the national socialism. On this day a commemoration ceremony in the Hamburg’s Michel with synagogaler music was held for the first time - with Gerhard Dickel at the organ, created by him and under his direction the Knaben- und Jugendchor St. Michaelis, under the conducting of Andor Izsák, director of the European center for Jewish music.
From this first co-operating develpoed the tradition of the regular musical evenings in the Michel (on each third Sunday of the monthly), at which synagogale music was performed. Also after his retirement, Gerhard Dickel worked with the Jugendchor, its singers and also as ‘Hamburger Synagogalchor’, also in numerous concerts of the European Center for Jewish music.
Some high points of this musical co-operation:
The regular commemoration ceremonies in January 27, in which in the Marktkirche Hannover and that Hamburger Michel participated, in particular the concert here mentioned in 2001, in the Mozart’s Requiem with Lewandowkis ‘Enosch’.
In October 1998 the concert in the Cathedral of Lyon as well as the big intending concert performed at 60th anniversary of ‘Reichspogromnacht’ on November 9 of the same year in the Town Hall of Hannover.
The concert on the occasion of the opening of the Felix Nussbaum House in Osnabrueck on March 21, 1999.
The common concerts in the context of the exhibition ‘Niemand wollte mich hören…’ Magrepha - the organ in the Synagog (November 1999 - April 2000 in the Forum des Niedersächsischen Landesmuseums Hannover).
2000 in May a concert with Psalmen of Lewandowski in the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, that took place in the context of the exhibition ‘Synagogs in Germany’; likewise in May a concert in Seelze as well as in June an appearance in Gerhard Dickels birth city Bad Berleburg and concerts on the EXPO 2000.
A concert tour in the summer of 2001 with appearances at the Salzburger Kollegienkirche and in the big synagog Tabak-Tempel in Budapest.
The ceremonies to the 10-year existence of the European Center for Jewish music in Hannover at the beginning of May 2002.
On the CD brought out by the European Center for Jewish music, Gerhard Dickel is always to be heard at the organ.
In Hanover Gerhard Dickel was to be heard last on concert on the occasion of the anniversary for the victims of the national socialism on January 28, 2003 in the Marktkirche. With the ‘Woche der Synagogalen Musik’ in Seesen in March 2003 he gave an organ concert in St. Andreas with works of Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Lewandowski and participated, together with his choir, at the time of the conclusion concert.