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

18th Century Variety with Baroque dance 

Sunday 22 November 2015, 14:00 and 16:00, Monday 23 November 2015, 20:15 

Korzo Theater, The Hague 

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. 

Following the success of their 2012 pilot version of the show, conductor Simon Murphy and NDA now present Mrs Cornelys' Entertainments this November in a new production. 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

** The show contains adult themes **

Download Flyer Tickets:  € 30,-  NDA Vrienden € 25,-  studenten € 10,-  Box Office Korzo Theater, 070 – 363 7540, Prinsestraat 42, Den Haag

Links of the show live: Caroline Copeland dances to Dittersdorf slow movement from Ovidius Symphony no. 4 and J.C. Bach Tambourin 

Read more about the production on conductor Simon Murphy's blog for Limelight Magazine 

NDA at Sydney Festival  

The NDA is delighted to announce its appearance at the Sydney Festival in 2016. The NDA Chamber Soloists together with soprano Gudrun Sidonie Otto will perform the programme Bach and his Dutch Contemporaries. In co-operation with the Embassy of the Netherlands, the NDA's performance officially opens the Dirk Hartog Year, celebrating 400 + years of contact between the Netherlands and Australia. 

Music for Mrs Cornelys' Salons 

Leading up to the (stage) shows in November, the NDA Chamber Soloists were delighted to be a part of the launch weekend of the new, underground chamber music venue, The Crypt, in Amsterdam with a special performance on November 1. 

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

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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

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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.