OUR STORY OF CLASSICAL MUSIC: THE NETHERLANDS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
‘INNOVATIVE CULTURAL ENTERPRISE AND OUR STORY OF CLASSICAL MUSIC’
Classical music knows no boundaries:
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra is internationally known for its quality. Thanks to this, the orchestra has had several successful tours in America, England, Spain and the Canary Islands, to name just a few. A big tour throughout China has been planned for the middle of 2013.
Furthermore, the orchestra is often asked to accompany world-famous conductors or operas. For instance, the musicians performed in the Unesco Auditorium in Paris together with Tan Dun and accompanied the opera ‘Don Giovanni’ during its worldwide tour up to the amazing opera festival in St. Moritz. International partners are the BBC Philharmonic and the Musikhochschule Franz Liszt in Weimar. Chief conductor Jan Willem de Vriend is a much sought-after guest conductor. He conducted in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, China Australia and more. The CD recordings of all the Beethoven symphonies conducted by De Vriend are distributed worldwide. The CD has received international acclaim and raving reviews.
FROM POP STAGES TO OLD PEOPLE’S HOMES
Music for everyone: that is what the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra is devoted to. This means, for example, that the musicians play in old people’s homes and that the orchestra gives away tickets to needy people.
Attracting new audiences is also part of the orchestra's mission. ‘The Planets – the battle’ and ‘Casual Classic’ are concert formulas which the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra introduced this year. Together with DJs and VJs the musicians play in a pop setting. During these concerts there are no seats in the hall and the bar is open. This version of the classical music concert is popular among the ‘entry-level classical music audience’ as one young visitor described it.
Another way the orchestra attracts new visitors is by giving rush hour concerts in the centre of Amsterdam. These light classical concerts take place during the evening rush hour, between 18.00 and 19.00. This way, people can relax and unwind from a busy workday and drive home without traffic after rush hour.
‘THE ORCHESTRA IS A VITAL FACTOR IN THE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE’
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra faces the future with inspiration and with vision. That is the style which I associate with the orchestra and appreciate. Without that style our orchestra would have never become what it is today: a vital factor in the cultural landscape of Overijssel and far beyond. The orchestra organises its activities resourcefully, professionally and in a contemporary manner. The orchestra has already achieved many beautiful things and in this way fulfilled a valuable role in society. Music has the capacity to comfort, entertain, move and challenge people. These human needs will continue to exist. Therefore, I am convinced that with our province as warm-hearted home base, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra faces a bright future.
Drs. Ank Bijleveld-Schouten, Royal Commissioner Province of Overijssel
YOUNG AND OLD
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra always starts at the basis. That is why a special programme for music education has been developed to expose children and teenagers to classical music. It is a customised learning programme that fits in with the perception and experiences of the various age categories.
Several musicians from the orchestra visit the youngest groups in their classrooms and give a mini-concert after which the children can try the instruments for themselves. For the older children, there are meet & greets with the musicians and the conductor after watching a rehearsal.
The educational activities of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra are not limited to children who go to school and teenagers. Everyone who is interested can come and take a look behind the scenes of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra by means of guided tours, public rehearsals, readings and audio courses.
Developing talent is very important to the orchestra. For example, by conducting an international master class with a complete orchestra at which talented persons can find out whether they are suitable for the profession of a conductor. Additionally, the orchestra supports initiatives, such as the Princess Christina Competition, Britten Cello & Viola competition and the International Piano Competition for Young Musicians. Many musicians are also active outside the orchestra by working as music lecturers, guest lecturers at the conservatory or by playing in ensembles.
ACCESSIBLE AND VISIBLE
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra wants to make classical music accessible and visible to a wide audience. That is why the musicians regularly give open air concerts. For instance, the orchestra can be seen during the ‘Kunst in het Volkspark' (‘Art in Volkspark’) right in the middle of Enschede city centre and at The Wilmersberg Rural Estate where the concert is combined with a culinary event.
FACTS & NUMBERS
The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra
THE NETHERLANDS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Van Essengaarde 10
7511 PN Enschede
Phone: +31(0)53 487800