Rehearse and play

This year the Dutch Student Orchestra (NSO) exists 65 years and it’s still popular. What's their secret?

Only God knows. 

Once you're in, you'll go to a farm to rehearse, study ánd party.  Over the last 65 years at least thirty NSO babies have been born. A coincidence? Probably not. The students are connected by something big: their love for music. 

Even though most participants sleep only about four hours a night,   the Dutch Student Orchestra offers a top level. Whether students are hung over or not, they're always in time for rehearsel and a party is never an excuse to expectorate the next day. 

Mahler featuring Beyoncée

The difference between a professional orchestra and the NSO is the fact that there’s no routine to fall back on, says the conductor. On the other hand that can be an advantage too: while professional musicians often have strong opinions, students are quickly aligned: “Everyone wants to do Mahler so badly. That's what they listen to at home, alongside Beyoncé.”

Feb 20th the orchestra performed at the Rotterdam Doelen; Feb 21th their final concert was at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. What's next? London's calling!

Source: Volkskrant. 




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