Support for Holland Baroque Society
‘It is no longer natural for children to experience classical music,’ the website of Holland Baroque Society says. ‘Therefore, musicians consider it a mission to share their enthusiasm and their fascination for music with young people.’ The Bunschoten Fund, especially attracted to this focus on the generations who will have to keep classical music alive in the future, has supported Holland Baroque Society with € 5000 for building a new, better website. That is no luxury, because a well-functioning, modern website plays a crucial part in attracting an audience, participants and sponsors.
With about 60 concerts a year, the Holland Baroque Society has filled the podium in the last couple of years with different musical programs in which musical genres meet, in collaboration with leading soloists like Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Hidemi Suzuki, Emma Kirkby and Riccardo Minasi. But the Holland Baroque Society also engaged in an adventure with the complete Quatuor Mosaïques, the Nederlands Kamerkoor, componist Nico Muhly, jazz trumpeter Eric Vloeimans, Calefax and actor Porgy Franssen. Currently they are looking forward to collaborating with Orkater, Oorkaan, Vox Luminis and many others.
With baroque music as the anchor for all programs, Holland Baroque Society strikes a balance between tradition and regeneration. The tight group of musicians continues to look for the actuality of the musical experience and thus enthusiastically contributes to the development of classical music for today’s audiences.
Since its founding, education has been an important spearhead for the Holland Baroque Society. With pleasure and drive the organization has now realized countless Kids Only concerts and educational projects. In recent years more than 10,000 children have made their acquaintance with classical music. The goal is to give children a listening experience on a top level. This evokes disarming responses from children: ‘It was as if the violinist was the music himself…!’ and ‘I hadn’t expected thát sound to be from an orchestra…’