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
Walking Tour and App "The Hague - International City of Music in the 18th Century"
At 18:00 on Tuesday 10 December in the Raad van State, the New Dutch Academy will launch its new app.
Incorporating the results of more than a decade of scholarly research and musical exploration, The Hague's modern day Baroque orchestra, The New Dutch Academy (NDA), and its conductor Simon Murphy have developed a new musical walking tour and “app” bringing the richly international, 18th century musical traditions of The Hague to life.
Featuring beautifully engraved historical maps, 18th century paintings and the NDA's world première recordings of symphonic music by composers at The Hague's 18th century court of Orange, the app offers an up-to-date, engaging, multi-media guided tour of The Hague's 18th century vibrant cultural scene.
Presenting newly discovered information, the app makes this valuable musical heritage of the Netherlands accessible to the general public for the very first time. The app has been developed together with partners MDL Solutions and graphic designer Crisja Ran. Other project partners include Gemeente Den Haag, BNG Cultuurfonds en Rabobank Stimuleringfonds Den Haag en Omgeving.
Press Launch 18:00, Tuesday 10 December 2013, Raad van State, The Hague (entrance Paleisstraat 1, opposite Paleis Noordeinde). The press launch is free and open to the general public. Presentation in Dutch. Questions in Dutch or English.
Next Concerts in The Hague
Due to the city's arts budget cuts, the planned NDA concerts for October, November and December 2013 have been postponed until next year.
The next NDA public concert in The Hague will be on Saturday 8 February 2014 in the Balzaal of the Raad van State building, commencing at 14:30. Simon Murphy and members of the NDA will perform works by Mozart, Beethoven and contemporaries. Tickets available at the door. Euro 30, Euro 25 reduction, Euro 10 students.
The NDA will return to Hong Kong and southern China in June 2014 for a second China tour. The NDA will present the programme "Bach and his Dutch Contemporaries" featuring German soprano Gudrun Sidonie Otto. The vocal and instrumental programme includes 18th century musical gems by Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, Hacquart and van Wassenaer. The tour is presented by Première Performances Hong Kong in co-operation with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The tour follows 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.
In June 2014, NDA conductor Simon Murphy will also lead an orchestral project at Hong Kong's Academy of Performing Arts exploring the mid-18th century classical orchestra.
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
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 a result 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.
The New Dutch Academy is looking for a Operations Manager. See job description here.
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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.