With the holidays approaching, we felt it was a nice time to remind ourselves and our supporters of the highlights of COLLEGIUM MUSICUM Den Haag this year.
CMDH performed 14 concerts in 2010, with an ensemble size ranging from 3 (chamber formation) to 15. A total of 1698 people enthusiastically attended our concerts in Den Haag, Amsterdam, Voorschoten, Wassenaar, Utrecht, Castricum and Leeuwarden. We were very thankful to have our circle of friends and supporters greatly expanded, also merited by the endorsement of our Foundation Board.
In our February project, ‘Les Goûts Réunis: a program flavored with French and Italian’, COLLEGIUM MUSICUM Den Haag was proud and fortunate to be able to realize the French part of the program with an ‘original bass section’. Having instruments kindly lent to us, the orchestra was enriched by a basse de violon and an eight-foot violone, giving the audience (and ourselves) the chance to experience these great colors. The Leidsch Dagblad gave us a great review of the Voorschoten concert.
Review of ‘Les Goûts Réunis’ - Leidsch Dagblad, March 1, 2010
In April, we had the privilege of performing the program 'Scarlatti & Van Wassenaer: sinfonie and concerti' in the beautiful, elegant acoustic of Wassenaar's Raadhuis, as part of the De Paauw concert series. Acoustics play an essential role in the music we perform and we hope to have many more chances to marry these historic compositions to their appropriate venue.
Due to the success of our Stadstournee initiative last year, we organized a Stadstournee again in 2010, in which we performed free concerts in wijkcentra throughout Den Haag in April and May. In the final concert of the Tour, we presented works by Pergolesi and Scarlatti (in celebration of their 300th & 350th birthdays, respectively). The concert took place in the beautiful Oud-Katholieke Kerk in Den Haag, where the orchestra was joined by soprano Stefanie True and baritone Richard Keen, performing a brilliant and amusing rendition of ‘La Serva Padrona’. Through partnerships with Musica Antica da Camera and Opera2day, we were able to offer incentives to attract new audience members - a great success!
Video highlights from Stadstournee 2010 final concert
In September, COLLEGIUM MUSICUM Den Haag was one of five ensembles invited to perform at ‘Made in Holland: Showcase Oudemuziek’ (organized by Muziek Centrum Nederland during the Utrecht Oude Muziek Festival): a unique opportunity which we immediately embraced. CMDH performed a short, energetic and varied program and received excellent feedback from both the general public and the music professionals present. CMDH was present at the annual Dag van de Klassieke Muziek in October, an important networking opportunity for meeting interested programmers and podia. In November we performed in the Klassieke Muziek Dag, a national initiative of Dutch record shops, which was an important contribution to the stand against the cultural wasteland being forecast in the near future. CMDH also made its voice heard on November 20th amongst the 100.000 people that protested throughout the Netherlands against the disproportionate cutb acks the government is imposing on cultural funding.
October was a celebratory month: Inês d'Avena - recorder player and member of the Artistic Board of CMDH - was the winner of the II Concorso Internazionale Principe Francesco Maria Ruspoli (Italy).
Closing this year, CMDH was once again warmly welcomed in Voorschoten, this time in chamber formation and joined by soprano Stefanie True. The program of beautiful Neapolitan works gave the core members a chance to explore all of the dramatic qualities of this music and engage the audience in these unusual and moving pieces. Once again, we were graced with a kind and motivating review.
Review of ‘La Napoli del Cavaliere Scarlatti’ - Leidsch Dagblad, November 18, 2010
In 2011, COLLEGIUM MUSICUM Den Haag wishes to grow from a more solid situation within our organization and stretch our roots a little further. Here is a sample of what we have planned:
- a variety of exciting programs, which we will do our best to realize despite the difficult financial times.
- the orchestra will be 5 years old on April 22, and we would like to celebrate in style, reminding ourselves and our audience why we call ourselves a Collegium Musicum.
- we are already cooking up a storm for the third edition of our Stadstournee, which will continue to bring baroque music to new neighborhoods of The Hague. Sneak peek at the final concert? “Windy Telemann!”
- the ‘Den Haag’ part of our name will receive a bold homage in September, with a program dedicated to The Hague in the 18th century.
Thank you for sharing this year with us and may 2011 be filled with inspiring and inspired music!
Claudio, Inês and Rebecca
Artistic Board, COLLEGIUM MUSICUM Den Haag