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26 October 2021 | 2:00 pm | Amsterdam
1984 (school performance)

New European Ensemble presents the premiere of the 1984 performance with whistleblower Edward Snowden and actor Boris van der Ham based on George Orwell’s book. Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem wrote an ensemble piece inspired by the novel for NEuE. Film maker Gijs Besseling made an accompanying film in which musicians from the ensemble portray Orwell’s story linked to their role in the piece. Narrations from Orwell’s novel are acted by Boris van der Ham with commentary by Edward Snowden.

Snowden made the disclosure about the US NSA and the extent to which ordinary citizens’ communications are intercepted and tapped. According to Snowden, “Increasingly we lose our seat at the table and our ability to steer the future and all of these processes begin from the corruption of language which was Orwell’s greatest fear.” The increasing extent to which our personal communications are intercepted and stored by companies and governments prove the relevance of 1984 in the present time. Advances in technology make it possible to keep us under surveillance and are nothing less than a step towards Orwell’s dystopia.

“A massively powerful piece…the playing is superb…a superb telling of Orwell’s story.”
-Musical America

“A powerful evocation of the dystopian themes of Orwell’s novel places the orchestra score at its heart…gripping and compelling.”

**** Planet Hugill

New European Ensemble
Willem Stam cello
Boris van der Ham actor
Edward Snowden presentation
Gijs Besseling film
Karim Ameur translation and dramaturgy

1984 (school performance)
26 October 2021 | 2:00 pm
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Grote Zaal | Piet Heinkade 1 | Amsterdam

27 October 2021 | 8:15 pm | Amsterdam
1984 (PREMIERE)

New European Ensemble presents the premiere of the 1984 performance with whistleblower Edward Snowden and actor Boris van der Ham based on George Orwell’s book. Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem wrote an ensemble piece inspired by the novel for NEuE. Film maker Gijs Besseling made an accompanying film in which musicians from the ensemble portray Orwell’s story linked to their role in the piece. Narrations from Orwell’s novel are acted by Boris van der Ham with commentary by Edward Snowden.

Snowden made the disclosure about the US NSA and the extent to which ordinary citizens’ communications are intercepted and tapped. According to Snowden, “Increasingly we lose our seat at the table and our ability to steer the future and all of these processes begin from the corruption of language which was Orwell’s greatest fear.” The increasing extent to which our personal communications are intercepted and stored by companies and governments prove the relevance of 1984 in the present time. Advances in technology make it possible to keep us under surveillance and are nothing less than a step towards Orwell’s dystopia.

“A massively powerful piece…the playing is superb…a superb telling of Orwell’s story.”
-Musical America

“A powerful evocation of the dystopian themes of Orwell’s novel places the orchestra score at its heart…gripping and compelling.”

**** Planet Hugill

New European Ensemble
Willem Stam cello
Boris van der Ham actor
Edward Snowden presentation
Gijs Besseling film
Karim Ameur translation and dramaturgy

1984 (PREMIERE)
27 October 2021 | 8:15 pm
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Grote Zaal | Piet Heinkade 1 | Amsterdam
Info & tickets

28 October 2021 | 8:00 pm | Den Haag
1984

New European Ensemble presents the premiere of the 1984 performance with whistleblower Edward Snowden and actor Boris van der Ham based on George Orwell’s book. Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem wrote an ensemble piece inspired by the novel for NEuE. Film maker Gijs Besseling made an accompanying film in which musicians from the ensemble portray Orwell’s story linked to their role in the piece. Narrations from Orwell’s novel are acted by Boris van der Ham with commentary by Edward Snowden.

Snowden made the disclosure about the US NSA and the extent to which ordinary citizens’ communications are intercepted and tapped. According to Snowden, “Increasingly we lose our seat at the table and our ability to steer the future and all of these processes begin from the corruption of language which was Orwell’s greatest fear.” The increasing extent to which our personal communications are intercepted and stored by companies and governments prove the relevance of 1984 in the present time. Advances in technology make it possible to keep us under surveillance and are nothing less than a step towards Orwell’s dystopia.

“A massively powerful piece…the playing is superb…a superb telling of Orwell’s story.”
-Musical America

“A powerful evocation of the dystopian themes of Orwell’s novel places the orchestra score at its heart…gripping and compelling.”

**** Planet Hugill

New European Ensemble
Willem Stam cello
Boris van der Ham actor
Edward Snowden presentation
Gijs Besseling film
Karim Ameur translation and dramaturgy

1984
28 October 2021 | 8:00 pm
Amare | Spuiplein 150 | Den Haag
Info & tickets

2 November 2021 | 8:15 pm | Leiden
1984

New European Ensemble presents the premiere of the 1984 performance with whistleblower Edward Snowden and actor Boris van der Ham based on George Orwell’s book. Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem wrote an ensemble piece inspired by the novel for NEuE. Film maker Gijs Besseling made an accompanying film in which musicians from the ensemble portray Orwell’s story linked to their role in the piece. Narrations from Orwell’s novel are acted by Boris van der Ham with commentary by Edward Snowden.

Snowden made the disclosure about the US NSA and the extent to which ordinary citizens’ communications are intercepted and tapped. According to Snowden, “Increasingly we lose our seat at the table and our ability to steer the future and all of these processes begin from the corruption of language which was Orwell’s greatest fear.” The increasing extent to which our personal communications are intercepted and stored by companies and governments prove the relevance of 1984 in the present time. Advances in technology make it possible to keep us under surveillance and are nothing less than a step towards Orwell’s dystopia.

“A massively powerful piece…the playing is superb…a superb telling of Orwell’s story.”
-Musical America

“A powerful evocation of the dystopian themes of Orwell’s novel places the orchestra score at its heart…gripping and compelling.”

**** Planet Hugill

New European Ensemble
Willem Stam cello
Boris van der Ham actor
Edward Snowden presentation
Gijs Besseling film
Karim Ameur translation and dramaturgy

1984
2 November 2021 | 8:15 pm
Stadsgehoorzaal | Breestraat 60 | Leiden
Info & tickets

3 November 2021 | 8:15 pm | Groningen
1984

New European Ensemble presents the premiere of the 1984 performance with whistleblower Edward Snowden and actor Boris van der Ham based on George Orwell’s book. Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem wrote an ensemble piece inspired by the novel for NEuE. Film maker Gijs Besseling made an accompanying film in which musicians from the ensemble portray Orwell’s story linked to their role in the piece. Narrations from Orwell’s novel are acted by Boris van der Ham with commentary by Edward Snowden.

Snowden made the disclosure about the US NSA and the extent to which ordinary citizens’ communications are intercepted and tapped. According to Snowden, “Increasingly we lose our seat at the table and our ability to steer the future and all of these processes begin from the corruption of language which was Orwell’s greatest fear.” The increasing extent to which our personal communications are intercepted and stored by companies and governments prove the relevance of 1984 in the present time. Advances in technology make it possible to keep us under surveillance and are nothing less than a step towards Orwell’s dystopia.

“A massively powerful piece…the playing is superb…a superb telling of Orwell’s story.”
-Musical America

“A powerful evocation of the dystopian themes of Orwell’s novel places the orchestra score at its heart…gripping and compelling.”

**** Planet Hugill

New European Ensemble
Willem Stam cello
Boris van der Ham actor
Edward Snowden presentation
Gijs Besseling film
Karim Ameur translation and dramaturgy

1984
3 November 2021 | 8:15 pm
Stadsschouwburg Groningen | Turfsingel 86 | Groningen
Info & tickets

8 November 2021 | 8:30 pm | 's-Hertogenbosch
1984

New European Ensemble presents the premiere of the 1984 performance with whistleblower Edward Snowden and actor Boris van der Ham based on George Orwell’s book. Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem wrote an ensemble piece inspired by the novel for NEuE. Film maker Gijs Besseling made an accompanying film in which musicians from the ensemble portray Orwell’s story linked to their role in the piece. Narrations from Orwell’s novel are acted by Boris van der Ham with commentary by Edward Snowden.

Snowden made the disclosure about the US NSA and the extent to which ordinary citizens’ communications are intercepted and tapped. According to Snowden, “Increasingly we lose our seat at the table and our ability to steer the future and all of these processes begin from the corruption of language which was Orwell’s greatest fear.” The increasing extent to which our personal communications are intercepted and stored by companies and governments prove the relevance of 1984 in the present time. Advances in technology make it possible to keep us under surveillance and are nothing less than a step towards Orwell’s dystopia.

“A massively powerful piece…the playing is superb…a superb telling of Orwell’s story.”
-Musical America

“A powerful evocation of the dystopian themes of Orwell’s novel places the orchestra score at its heart…gripping and compelling.”

**** Planet Hugill

New European Ensemble
Willem Stam cello
Boris van der Ham actor
Edward Snowden presentation
Gijs Besseling film
Karim Ameur translation and dramaturgy

1984
8 November 2021 | 8:30 pm
Verkadefabriek | Boschdijkstraat 45 | 's-Hertogenbosch
Tickets & info

10 November 2021 | 8:00 pm | Enschede
1984

New European Ensemble presents the premiere of the 1984 performance with whistleblower Edward Snowden and actor Boris van der Ham based on George Orwell’s book. Estonian composer Mihkel Kerem wrote an ensemble piece inspired by the novel for NEuE. Film maker Gijs Besseling made an accompanying film in which musicians from the ensemble portray Orwell’s story linked to their role in the piece. Narrations from Orwell’s novel are acted by Boris van der Ham with commentary by Edward Snowden.

Snowden made the disclosure about the US NSA and the extent to which ordinary citizens’ communications are intercepted and tapped. According to Snowden, “Increasingly we lose our seat at the table and our ability to steer the future and all of these processes begin from the corruption of language which was Orwell’s greatest fear.” The increasing extent to which our personal communications are intercepted and stored by companies and governments prove the relevance of 1984 in the present time. Advances in technology make it possible to keep us under surveillance and are nothing less than a step towards Orwell’s dystopia.

“A massively powerful piece…the playing is superb…a superb telling of Orwell’s story.”
-Musical America

“A powerful evocation of the dystopian themes of Orwell’s novel places the orchestra score at its heart…gripping and compelling.”

**** Planet Hugill

New European Ensemble
Willem Stam cello
Boris van der Ham actor
Edward Snowden presentation
Gijs Besseling film
Karim Ameur translation & dramaturgy

1984
10 November 2021 | 8:00 pm
Muziekcentrum Enschede, Grote Zaal | Noorderhagen 27 | Enschede
Tickets & info

11 November 2021 | 9:00 pm | Haarlem
NEuE & Wereldzee Ensemble

In collaboration with the New European Ensemble, a special edition of Tony Overwater’s Wereldzee Ensemble is being created, in which the rivers that flow into the Mediterranean Sea are the inspiration for new compositions.

Tony Overwater is a musical world traveler. The Boy Edgar winning Jazz bassist, has been traveling the world for over 30 years, taking something from all cultures with him. In 2015 he was asked to make music for the documentary series Om De Oude Wereldzee about the travels of politician Abraham Kuyper through the Orient. Tony Overwater directs the Wereldzee Ensemble, which brings together musicians from various movements and corners of the world to play music that forms a visual journey ‘Around the Old World Sea’, the Mediterranean Sea. He selected renowned musicians who are in one way or another connected with Kuyper’s travels.

Nizar Rohana – Ud | Rada Avcharova – viool | Nataša Grujić – viool | Emlyn Stam – altviool | Willem Stam – cello | Maarten Ornstein – klarinet | Rembrandt Frerichs – forte piano en harmonium | Tony Overwater – contrabas en violone | Ruven Ruppik – percussie

NEuE & Wereldzee Ensemble
11 November 2021 | 9:00 pm
Philharmonie Haarlem, Kleine Zaal | Lange Begijnestraat 11 | Haarlem
Tickets & info

14 November 2021 | 5:00 pm | 's-Hertogenbosch
November Music: Seung-Won Oh – YeonDo

With her expansive music ritual ‘YeonDo’, Seung-Won Oh sheds new light on the ancient Korean Catholic Church tradition. Before someone is buried, an inspired group prayer is held for the dead. The composer is fascinated by this unique death ritual that links Korean funeral traditions with the Catholic faith in Korea.

For example, during the YeonDo ritual, the dead remain in purgatory until the sins are forgiven and the ascension can begin. The mind is being prepared for its journey to a new world. Oh’s live music has a great physical appearance in which musical action and sound ritual flow into each other.

The New European Ensemble, the singers of Cappella Pratensis and alto Helena Rasker, play a leading role in her funeral mass, who unleash a thrilling and timeless ritual. All this under the direction of conductor Manoj Kamps. The sober but effective direction is once again in the hands of Matzer Theater Productions in collaboration with composer Seung-Won Oh. The sacred space of the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center and the heavenly lighting design by Tim van ‘t Hof form the ideal backdrop for Seung-Won Oh’s requiem.

November Music: Seung-Won Oh – YeonDo
14 November 2021 | 5:00 pm
Jheronimus Bosch Art Centre | Jeroen Boschplein 2 | 's-Hertogenbosch
Info & tickets

14 November 2021 | 8:30 pm | 's-Hertogenbosch
November Music: Seung-Won Oh – YeonDo

With her expansive music ritual ‘YeonDo’, Seung-Won Oh sheds new light on the ancient Korean Catholic Church tradition. Before someone is buried, an inspired group prayer is held for the dead. The composer is fascinated by this unique death ritual that links Korean funeral traditions with the Catholic faith in Korea.

For example, during the YeonDo ritual, the dead remain in purgatory until the sins are forgiven and the ascension can begin. The mind is being prepared for its journey to a new world. Oh’s live music has a great physical appearance in which musical action and sound ritual flow into each other.

The New European Ensemble, the singers of Cappella Pratensis and alto Helena Rasker, play a leading role in her funeral mass, who unleash a thrilling and timeless ritual. All this under the direction of conductor Manoj Kamps. The sober but effective direction is once again in the hands of Matzer Theater Productions in collaboration with composer Seung-Won Oh. The sacred space of the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center and the heavenly lighting design by Tim van ‘t Hof form the ideal backdrop for Seung-Won Oh’s requiem.

November Music: Seung-Won Oh – YeonDo
14 November 2021 | 8:30 pm
Jheronimus Bosch Art Centre | Jeroen Boschplein 2 | 's-Hertogenbosch
Info & tickets

16 November 2021 | 2:00 pm | Den Haag
Strange News (school performance) SOLD OUT!

In collaboration with Amare and the Royal Conservatoire, the NEuE is giving a free school performance in honor of the official opening of the brand new cultural building on the Spui.

Strange News (Rolf Wallin, 2007) is a 35-minute composition for ensemble, actor, surround sound and video screen. The play is about the children who are used worldwide as child soldiers.
Ugandan actor Arthur Kisenyi tells (in simple English) the story of one such child soldier. We see him live on stage and enlarged on the video screen. The screen also shows real images of child soldiers. All this is framed by Wallin’s powerful and cinematic music, performed by the New European Ensemble and students from the Royal Conservatoire.

Strange News
Strange News (school performance) SOLD OUT!
16 November 2021 | 2:00 pm
Amare | Spuiplein 150 | Den Haag

16 November 2021 | 8:15 pm | Den Haag
Strange News

As part of WIJ Den Haag, the New European ensemble presents Strange News by Rolf Wallin and Josse de Pauw.

The ensemble collaborates with the International Criminal Court (ICC) to clarify connections between the piece and the work of the court. This is highly topical given the recent case against Ugandan warlord Dominic Ongwen. Strange News is a gripping interdisciplinary piece that focuses on the lives and fates of child soldiers in our time. Ugandan actor Arthur Kisenyi tells the story of a young child soldier, his experiences and his eventual return to a peaceful society. This story is illuminated with poignant and versatile music by the Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin. Film images illustrate the African context of the story. In addition to Strange News, NEuE presents new work by the composer Florentijn Boddendijk from The Hague, who is inspired by the importance of international criminal law.

Strange News
Strange News
16 November 2021 | 8:15 pm
Amare, Conservatoriumzaal | Spuiplein 150 | Den Haag
Info & tickets

18 November 2021 | 8:15 pm | Amsterdam
YeonDo

With her expansive music ritual ‘YeonDo’, Seung-Won Oh sheds new light on the ancient Korean Catholic Church tradition. Before someone is buried, an inspired group prayer is held for the dead. The composer is fascinated by this unique death ritual that links Korean funeral traditions with the Catholic faith in Korea.

For example, during the YeonDo ritual, the dead remain in purgatory until the sins are forgiven and the ascension can begin. The mind is being prepared for its journey to a new world. Oh’s live music has a great physical appearance in which musical action and sound ritual flow into each other.

The New European Ensemble, the singers of Cappella Pratensis and alto Helena Rasker, play a leading role in her funeral mass, who unleash a thrilling and timeless ritual. All this under the direction of conductor Manoj Kamps. The sober but effective direction is once again in the hands of Matzer Theater Productions in collaboration with composer Seung-Won Oh. The sacred space of the Jheronimus Bosch Art Center and the heavenly lighting design by Tim van ‘t Hof form the ideal backdrop for Seung-Won Oh’s requiem.

YeonDo
18 November 2021 | 8:15 pm
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Grote Zaal | Piet Heinkade 1 | Amsterdam
Info & tickets