The annual “On the way to the New Year’s Concert” Young Composers’ Competition, open to talent aged 18 and younger, has proved its success time and again. What could be better than creating your own music and then performing it together with world-class musicians in a packed concert hall? NBE annually receives submissions from 100-150 young (sometimes very young) composers, and the competition has served as a springboard for some heavyweight talent in the Netherlands.
On New Year’s Day, the competition’s winners will be performing their works together with NBE at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw – a performance that will undoubtedly be spectacular. The process leading up to the New Year’s Day concert is long and protracted: after preliminary concerts – which more often than not are spectacular – with jongNBE (the ensemble’s youth division), 24 winners team up with an experienced arranger to arrange their work for the ‘grown-up’ NBE. At the festive (and exciting) family concerts in December they will perform their piece together with NBE at four concert venues in different parts of the country. Who will go on to the Finals and who will end up creating the winning composition to be performed at the New Year’s Day Concert?
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Established several years ago, jongNBE is an ensemble comprised of the best Dutch and foreign students enrolled at music convervatories in the Netherlands who have the opportunity to be part of the young Netherlands Wind Ensemble, known as ‘jongNBE’, for a 2-year period. The ensemble, which includes 10 musicians (flute, hobo, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, saxophone, trombone/bass trombone, percussion and double bass/bass), is coached by Dick Verhoef (horn) and Willem van Merwijk (saxophone), both members of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble. The jongNBE musicians support the young composers during the preliminary concerts of the Young Composers’ Competition for the New Year’s Day Concert, as well as performing their own productions.
NBE launched a new initiative: four wind ensembles featuring talented young musicians from four different regions of the Netherlands.
– jongNBEnoord (North)
– jongNBEoost (East)
– jongNBEzuid (South)
– jongNBEwest (West)
Auditions were open to anyone aged 15 to 20 playing the flute, hobo, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, saxophone, trombone/bass trombone, percussion or double bass/bass and with enough ambition to want to perform at a professional level and at high-profile, exciting venues. Each ensemble is directed by a member of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble (NBE). The musicians rehearse together on three occasions and prepare for a concert in their area, performed together with NBE.
This youthful, 10-member ensemble, established in autumn 2011, is a partnership project between NBE and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Willem van Merwijk, Dorian Cooke and Dick Verhoef, all three members of NBE, coach the young musicians.