NDA's Reaction to the City of The Hague's Concept Cultural Plan (in Dutch)


Reactie New Dutch Academy op Concept Meerjarenbeleidsplan Kunst en Cultuur 2017 – 2020

Den Haags Barokorkest de New Dutch Academy is teleurgesteld over het feit dat B&W de unieke kwaliteiten van de NDA en zijn meerwaarde voor Den Haag niet onderkent.  Het Advies hield slechts rekening met Haags publiek en vond het kennelijk niet relevant, dat de NDA het culturele erfgoed van de stad actief uitdraagt naar het buitenland. B&W heeft hier helaas geen nieuwe blik op geworpen.


De unieke kwaliteiten van de New Dutch Academy (NDA).

- Maakt innovatieve en aansprekende programmering van 18e en vroeg 19e eeuws repertoire,  opgebouwd rond onverwachte thema’s.

- Herontdekker van in vergetelheid geraakte composities uit die tijd en met speciale aandacht voor in Den Haag gecomponeerde, gespeelde en gepubliceerde werken (wereldpremières).

- Cultureel ambassadeur voor Den Haag, van internationaal erkende kwaliteit.

- Spelend op authentieke instrumenten en flexibel inzetbaar voor internationale optredens en (overheids)missies.

- Maakt gebruik van moderne communicatiemiddelen (naast optredens en CDs) en heeft daarmee een publieksbereik van honderdduizenden liefhebbers.

- Ontwikkelaar van een App ‘Den Haag Internationale Muziekstad in de 18e eeuw’, met een wandeltocht door 18e eeuws muzikaal Den Haag.


Erkenning van de kwaliteit van NDA door anderen:

- Uitdragen van het Haagse oude muziek erfgoed op de belangrijkste podia en festivals in de wereld (bv Bachfest Leipzig, Istanbul Music Festival, Sydney Festival en in China en Hong Kong). 

- Winnen van belangrijke internationale prijzen voor zijn onderscheidende, innovatieve stijl van programmering en uitvoering, waaronder een Edison.  

- Meewerken aan internationale diplomatieke en economische missies en staatsbezoeken met voor de gelegenheid samengestelde programma’s.

- Aantoonbaar cultureel ondernemend door het aantrekken van (buitenlandse) opdrachten en uitnodigingen, het ontwikkelen van nieuwe producten en themaprojecten en dat alles met minimale financiële middelen.


NDA heeft een bescheiden subsidie nodig voor:

- Het aanbieden van een inspirerend en uitgebreid jaarprogramma aan een Haags,  Nederlands en internationaal publiek, zodat het aanbod van de NDA voor een breed publiek toegankelijk blijft.

- Het doen van verder onderzoek naar de Haagse symfonische traditie uit de 18de eeuw en de mogelijkheid van verspreiding door optredens,  opnames en digitale presentatie van Haags en Europees muzikaal erfgoed.

- Bescheiden mankracht voor verdere fondsenwerving en ter voorbereiding van (internationale) optredens. 


Tot slot, de New Dutch Academy ziet het als zijn missie om de barok-muziek traditie van de stad Den Haag door te geven aan mensen in onze stad en mensen in de wijde wereld, die met Den Haag in aanraking komen. Door een bescheiden structurele financiering van de gemeente wordt dit mogelijk en haalbaar. Wij vragen om steun voor onze missie.

Val Brock, Voorzitter van het NDA Bestuur & Simon Murphy, Artistiek Leider en Dirigent


Other NDA News:

May 2016 Concerts - Bach's Sparks 

Leading up to the orchestra's spring 2017 CD release, the NDA's concert programme, Bach's Sparks, explored some of the sources of musical inspiration which led the great JS Bach to write some of his most iconic works. In particular, the programme looked at the blueprints for the soundscape and instrumentation of the 6th Brandenburg Concerto. Check out the new live concert video featuring Myrsini Margariti and The New Dutch Academy with Handel's aria "Tornami" from Alcina & listen to Myrsini singing live in concert with the NDA on Soundcloud.

Mrs Cornelys' Entertainments - Baroque Burlesque or An 18th Century Variété 

Check out the new production trailer!

Following the 2012 pilot, the new edition of the show was a success with performances in the Netherlands in November, including at the Korzo Theater in The Hague. The show goes on international tour from 2017. 

Production information: Actress, (opera)singer, dancer, impresario, madam, cultural entrepreneur, and the mother of Casanova's daughter. The Empress of Pleasure, Mrs Cornelys (1723 – 1797), staged her scandalous masked balls a.k.a. Mrs Cornelys' Entertainments in the 1760's and 1770's at her London Carlisle House, a sort of high class 18th century Moulin Rouge. In each room of the house, she offered another type of entertainment – from concerts, theatre, dance and gambling, right through to much more piquant activities. Lord Sandwich (of the sandwich and the Hellfire Club), the actor and playwright Garrick, designer Chippendale, painter Gainsborough and the composers Abel and JC Bach were part of her impressive, cosmopolitan circle. The guest lists of her balls were published in the newspapers with descriptions of the guests' opulent costumes. Think Grammys meets Eyes Wide Shut but with less clothing and more jewellry. In the show, the NDA combines the media of ballet, dance, theatre, song and symphony, bringing these together in the form of a highly sensual 18th century variété featuring breathtaking subtle and virtuosic Baroque dance (ballet) and pantomime Baroque dance (storytelling through gesture and movement). Production: Concept, Text and Music Selection Simon Murphy, Choreography Caroline Copeland and Karin Modigh, Musical Direction Simon Murphy, Soprano Gudrun Sidonie Otto, Baroque Dance Karin Modigh, Chamber Soloists of the New Dutch Academy, Concertmaster Rachael Beesley, Music by Handel, Abel, JC Bach, Arne, Boyce, Mozart, Gluck, Dittersdorf, Storace and Kotzwarra

NDA at Sydney Festival 2016 , Australia 

The NDA appeared at the Sydney Festival in a sold out performance (to an audience of 1,142) at the Sydney City Recital Hall in January 2016. The NDA Chamber Soloists together with soprano Gudrun Sidonie Otto and Anna Stegmann recorder(s) performed the programme Bach and his Dutch Contemporaries. In co-operation with the Embassy of the Netherlands, the NDA's performance officially opened the Dirk Hartog Year, celebrating 400 + years of contact between the Netherlands and Australia. 

NDA at State Opera, Ankara

The NDA opened the new year at the State Opera in Ankara, Turkey, in a festive performance opening the 2016 Dutch presidency of the EU. Soloists were Gudrun Sidonie Otto soprano and Elisabeth Champollion recorder(s), with music by Dutch composers Hacquart, Van Wassenaer and De Fesch, and by Handel, Vivaldi and JS Bach. A special feature of the programme was music by Bach's brother, JJ Bach, who lived and worked in Turkey in the early 18th century. 

NDA App "The Hague - International City of Music in the 18th Century"

Incorporating the results of more than a decade of scholarly research and musical exploration, The Hague's Baroque orchestra, The New Dutch Academy (NDA), and its conductor Simon Murphy have developed a new app and musical walking tour bringing the richly international, 18th century musical traditions of The Hague to life. More Info

Download the app (free) here: 

iTunes (Apple mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad) in Dutch

Google Play (Android mobile devices, such as Samsung products) in Dutch 

Watch the Trailer

The musical walking tour can also be made non-digitally with ready printed informational packets (in Dutch) available in the shop of The Hague's Historical Museum. The map (with walking tour route) and informational booklet can also be downloaded here.

Press Release in English  Persbericht in het nederlands

Murphy and NDA Tour to Hong Kong and China

Simon Murphy and The Hague's Baroque orchestra, The New Dutch Academy (NDA), have successfully completed their second tour to Hong Kong and southern China earning a return invitation from partner concert organisation PPHK to tour again to the region in 2016. 

In June 2014, Murphy and the NDA presented the programme "Bach and his Dutch Contemporaries" featuring German star-soprano Gudrun Sidonie Otto and recorder virtuoso Elisabeth Champollion. The tour's programme included 18th century musical gems by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann, Hacquart, Graaf, De Fesch  and Van Wassenaer. Alongside directing the programme, Murphy also appeared as soloist in Telemann's classic Viola Concerto in G. 

The tour was presented by Première Performances Hong Kong (PPHK) in co-operation with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

During the tour, Murphy and the NDA performed several evening concerts for PPHK as well as contributing to the organisation's innovative outreach programme PLAY!

The tour followed the NDA's successful first tour to China in 2012 which saw the NDA give performances in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Beijing. During the trip, Simon Murphy and members of the NDA were also guests at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and the Beijing Central Conservatory giving master-classes, orchestral workshops and chamber music coaching. 

As part of the June 2014 tour, Murphy returned to Hong Kong's Academy of Performing Arts (HKAPA) to give a series of masterclasses and orchestral workshops.

Performance for the Dutch Royal Family

The New Dutch Academy (NDA) was honoured to give a special performance for their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, HRH Princess Beatrix, Vice President Piet Hein Donner, and the members of the Council of State, in The Hague on December 4.

Curated by NDA conductor Simon Murphy, the programme featured 17th and 18th century music with a special relationship with the House of Orange and the buildings of the Council of State. The evening's soloists included soprano Gudrun Sidonie Otto, recorder virtuoso Amy Power and cellist Caroline Kang.

The concert was the 5th time that Simon Murphy and the NDA have performed for Princess Beatrix. More info

Conductor Simon Murphy and the Dutch Royal Family

Donate and support your orchestra!

Due to the substantial arts funding cuts in the Netherlands, the NDA needs more than ever before your active, individual, personal financial help to continue its work carrying out new musical research, making new CDs, and especially to be able to put on more concerts in the orchestra's home city of The Hague. 

The difference you can make as an individual is substantial. Help us make music for you by making a donation today: Stichting Activiteiten New Dutch Academy, bank account 959 42 99

The Dutch tax authorities have given the NDA the status of ANBI (Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling). As a result, if you are a resident of the Netherlands, you can receive an income tax rebate of up to 125% on the amount of your donation to the NDA (as part of the new "geefwet"). Advantages for companies are also most attractive.

This makes all the more reason on a personal level to dig deep and help The Hague's Baroque Orchestra, The New Dutch Academy, or on a corporate level to partner up with the orchestra to create innovative, engaging results together. Read more info about becoming a NDA Friend here

NDA Intro

The New Dutch Academy (NDA) is the international Dutch platform for 18th century music and culture. The musicians of the NDA are the new generation of the international Dutch early music tradition. The NDA is based in the city of The Hague, The Netherlands. The conductor and artistic director of the NDA is the Australian/Dutch conductor and viola player Simon Murphy. 

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