May 26, 2019

Residentieorkest Annual Prinsjesdag concert 2018

By Roy Lie Atjam.

It has been a longstanding tradition, every third Tuesday of September is. Prinsjesdag the traditional launching of the parliamentary year for the Dutch Senate and the Lower House.

  1. King Willem-Alexander delivers what is called the speech from the throne in the Ridderzaal(Guildhall) in which the government unfold its most important plans for the coming parliamentary year.

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The Hague philharmonic orchestra, Prinsjesdag concert, The Hague.

Another tradition is the prinsjesdag concert organized by The Hague philharmonic orchestra(Residentieorkest) in conclusion of prinsjesdag.The concert started with the Dutch National Anthem, followed by the first of a new series of the One Minute Symphony Project: Abyss by composer Thomas van Dun.

H.E. Andrea Gustovic-Ercegovac, Ambassador of Croatia and H.E. Mrs. Adia Sakiqi, Ambassador of Albania during the concert.

Van Dun was inspired by an encounter with a resident of the Statenkwartier in The Hague. Further on the programme Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D major, op 35 Allegro moderato, Canzonetta Andante, Finale Allegro vivacissimo.

Furthermore, Edward Elgar, a variation on an original theme (Enigma variation) op 36


Variation I (L’islesso tempo) C.A.E.

Variation II Allegro) H.D.S.P.

Stefan Jackiw, violin

Conductor was Nicholas Collon.

ICC President Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji.

H.E. Mr. Chris Leo Clark Hoornaert, Ambassador of Belgium.

A well-attended cocktail reception, including various Ambassadors concluded the 2018 edition of the Prinsjesdagconcert.


Photography by Hester Dijsktra.








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