ISBN / ISSN 90-807298-2-5: This book illustrates both the history of the church choir of Saint Olof's parish at the village Best and the history / development of choral singing in churches in the southern part of the Netherlands - starting from the year 1437. Because of its unique character this book is being used for educational purposes by the musicology departments of both Utrecht university and Tilburg university (The Netherlands). Currently an English translation is in progress, which will be distributed in the United States of America.
ISBN / ISSN 90-807298-8-4: This publication is a chapter from the book "Vroeger in Best (Best in earlier days)" about historical subjects in relation to the Dutch village of Best - which was released on May 28th 2016. This chapter (chapter 20) covers the history of the spoken and written language in the Dutch province of Brabant during the lifetime of Saint Olof - the local saint of Best, which was the first saint of Dutch descent (born around 775 and deceased in 865): the so-called 'Old Low Franconian language', which is the predecessor of the modern Dutch and German language. At your request an English version of this chapter can be obtained from the author as a PDF-file.
Co-founder of Theatre Foundation ‘Ons Eygen Landt’ (Our Own Country), which aims to organize multiple stage plays in my hometown Best each year: the actors and other volunteers are not a member of the Foundation for a fixed period but will be approached for the auditions - depending on the drama project. This Foundation is literally conceived and created at our kitchen table along with some other enthusiastic family members and friends.
Meanwhile this group of volunteers has become a steady group of 200 people, who are available for all kinds of performances.
I have been involved in the following projects on stage:
• “Onder het melkwoud (Under milkwood)” by Dylan Thomas (1981)
• “Het wederzijds huwelijksbedrog (The mutual marriage fraud)” by Pieter Langendijk (1982)
• “De muizenval (The mousetrap)” by Agatha Christie (1983)
• “Passiespel (Passion Play)” by father Jacques Schreurs (1984)
• “En waar de ster bleef stille staan (And where the star stood still)” by Felix Timmermans (1986)
• “De Gebroeders Menaechmus (The Menaechmus Brothers)” by Titus Maccius Plautus and edited by Henk Rooijackers (1987)
• “De heilige met een appel in de hand (The saint with an apple in his hand)” by Jan van Nistelrooij and Henk Rooijackers (2008)
Therefore I was also involved in the startup and the concept for the first passion play in Best (1984), in which the life of Jesus Christ is depicted on stage with accompaniment of choral singing. Meanwhile, this has become a real tradition: a passion play is staged every ten years under the auspices of the Theatre Foundation ‘Ons Eygen Landt’ (Our Own Country).
Later on I created as a historical adviser a historical play together with the writer / director Mr. Jan van Nistelrooij about the troubled birth of Saint Odolph’s parish in Best during the Middle Ages. This form of informative education about our own history was very well received.
Name: Henk Rooijackers
Lives in: Best, Netherlands
Occupation: Playwright and Author