Building of the Grote Kerk started in 1629 and was finished by 1639. The organ was built by Rudolph Garrels in the years 1730-1732. It was a gift of Govert van Wijn, a wealthy resident of Maassluis, owner and treasurer of the College of fisheries. On December 4th, 1732, the 90th birthday of Govert van Wijn, the inaugural concert took place. Rudolph Garrels was born in the East Frisian town of Norden. As an apprentice he had learned the trade from the renowned German organbuilder Arp Schnitger. Like so many students of this famous organ builder, Garrels also went across the border and settled in Groningen. From this city he built several instruments in the Schnitger tradition, and one still exists: the organ of Anloo (1718). Garrels then went to Holland and lived in Leiden and Den Haag. In the later work of Rudolph Garrels we find a synthesis between the Dutch and German organ building. In particular, the three manual organ of Maassluis is a good example. The sculpture and carving work on the organ was done by Maassluis cabinetmaker and sculptor, Daniel de Vries.
Choral arrangements on Cantatas by J.S.Bach - Addie de Jongat the Garrels organ of the Grote Kerk, Maassluis