Netherlands / Nederland

Gelukkige verjaardag, Herman van Veen (*14.03.1945)!

Musical clown and poet Herman van Veen celebrates 70th birthday

Herman van Veen is one of the most talented stage performers in the Dutch language. March 14 he celebrates his 70th birthday. At the same time it’s his 50-year anniversary in the Dutch (and German and American) theaters. Van Veen made over 170 records and cds, published 70 books, dozens of screenplays, became very succesful with the animated cartoons of little duck Alfred J. Kwak and, is since the age of 17, commited to children's rights. He established foundations, is an ambassador of UNICEF and has his own cultural enterprise. But first and foremost, he is a musician.

Remembering Frans Brüggen (1934-2014)

The Dutch recorder player and early music conductor Frans Brüggen died on August 13. He was born in Amsterdam and studied recorder, flute, and musicology. By age 21, he was a professor of Baroque music at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He began playing professionally and became famous for his virtuoso technique on the recorder.

Muziekcentrum van de Omroep library update from Martie Severt

The present MCO (Music Centre of Netherlands Radio: 3 orchestras, radio choir, music library, music education department) will cease to exist next year on August 1. There is a budget available after that date for the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Radio Choir. There is no budget for the Music Library.

Muziekcentrum van de Omroep library being dismantled

Recent plans by the Dutch government to dismantle the Broadcast Music Centre in Hilversum (which include abolishing the orchestra and chorus) may result in the disappearance of one of western Europe's largest sheet music libraries.

Unless independent funds can be raised by the MCO library in the next nine months, the scores will be sold to dealers or worse.  Around 5,000 have already been digitized, the rest will be lost.


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