At sixteen Jan went (in 1963) to work for D.A. Flentrop in Zaandam. He persisted in his championship of the romantic organ in face of the neo-baroque ideals and finally set up his own organ building company in 1967. His first new organ (III/P, 32 stops) was built in Singelkerk, Ridderkerk (NL). Jan also made the richly profiled organ case and wood carvings.
On August 12, the assembly of the Williams-organ in the Regenboogkerk of Hilversum started. On the Great there was still room for one stop, decided was to place a Mixure with typical English composition including thirds. Both the pipe scale as well as pipe contruction were taken from the Principal 4 '.
The organ is inaugurated on September 22nd 2013.
On Christmas Eve the Royal Family visited the church and organ.
More information and pictures can be found under "Instruments".
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the great Van den Heuvel organ in the Nieuwe Kerk in Katwijk aan Zee organist Gerben Mourik has recorded a CD.
Gerben Mourik has proven to be a very skilled and versatile improviser. On this album he is inspired by the many possibilities of the Van den Heuvel organ.
The CD contains only improvisations showing off the organ with music in different styles.
Around September, the CD will be released.
In mid-February J.L. van den Heuvel Orgelbouw bv will start the renovation of the Pels and Van Leeuwen organ (13III/P, with couplermanual) in the Andreas church in Dordrecht. The works will include a complete re-voicing and installation of some new stops: Dulciaan 8' and Nasard 2 2/3'. The Trumpet has highly corroded blocks and will therefore be renewed while the resonators will be re-used.
Great: Prestant 8', Roerfluit 8', Octaaf 4', Octaaf 2', Mixtuur III-V, Trompet 8' (2013).
Positiv: Holpijp 8', Roerfluit 4', Nasard 2 2/3' (2013), Woudfluit 2', Dulciaan 8' (2013).
Pedal: Bourdon 16', Gedekt 8'.
Couplermanual, 2 pedalcouplers , tremulant.