Next NDA Concert in The Hague 

The next NDA concert programme in The Hague is "Bach and his Dutch Contemporaries" with performances on Thursday 28 May 2015 at 20.15 and on Saturday 30 May 2015 at 14:30. Both concerts will be held in the Gotische Zaal of the Raad van State. Download the flyer.

German star soprano Gudrun Sidonie Otto sings arias by Bach and Handel, with other music by Bach's Dutch contemporaries Hacquart, De Fesch, Van Wassenaer, Graaf and Schickhardt. Swedish lute virtuoso Karl Nyhlin will perform Vivaldi's sparkling Lute Concerto in D, and renowned English Baroque oboist Alexandra Bellamy will perform Marcello's classic Oboe Concerto in d minor, completing the programme. Murphy and the NDA took this programme on their recent highly successful tour to Hong Kong and China and have performed it at home in The Hague for the Dutch royal family.

Tickets at the door € 30,- / NDA Friends € 25 / Students € 10,-. Venue entrance Raad van State, Paleisstraat 1 (opposite Paleis Noordeinde), The Hague.

More information on the programme "Bach and his Dutch Contemporaries" is available on the site of the NDA's conductor, Simon Murphy. 

NDA at the "Dag van de Haagse Geschiedenis"

On Saturday 18 April, 2015 the NDA will again contribute to the annual "Dag van de Haagse Geschiedenis". Departing from the NDA's stand on "Het Plein", the NDA will be offering two guided walking tours based on the NDA's App "The Hague - International City of Music in the 18th Century". At 13:00 conductor Simon Murphy will personally lead a tour (in English), and at 15:00 Coos Wentholt will lead a tour (in Dutch). Both walking tours will take approximately an hour and will take you to the locations of the residences of The Hague's 18th century court musicians and to the locations of The Hague's 18th century concert halls and opera houses.

As part of this special event, at its stand on Het Plein, the NDA will be offering reduced price pre-sale concert tickets for the NDA's matinee performance of "Bach and his Dutch Contemporaries" on 30 May (see above). 

New 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

Job Opportunities

The New Dutch Academy is looking for a Operations Manager. See job description 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.