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Rehearsal Rosenkavalier-Waltz with free seating in Apeldoorn 

“Brilliant fortes, outrageous volumes, and almost inaudible pianissimo showed a culture of playing which seemed to have no difficulties at all.” (Mitteldeutsche Zeitung)

Youthful energy, inspired playing and great humor and fun, it was all there during the 2016 tour of the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands. Almost 100 musicians played their heart out in Strauss Rosenkavalier-Suite and Ravel La Valse, and together with fabulous Hannes Minnaar they gave a very mature interpretation of Brahms 2nd pianoconcerto. Joey Roukens “Chase”, originally composed for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, gave an energic start to every concert!

The tour started in Dessau, where in a sold out Anhaltisches Theater the audience received Antony and the orchestra with great warmth and big applaus.

In the morning of the concert, the musicians visited the Bauhaus-museum.

After the Dessau afterparty portretconcert there was a party, organized by the theatre, in which some of the NJO-musicians showed their great and unexpected talents!


Encore in Dessau

After-concert party in Dessau

Review Mitteldeutsche Zeitung: JUBEL ÜBER JUBEL


The next day the orchestra was re-invited in Berlin by the festival for the worlds best youth orchestras “Young Euro Classics” in the famous Konzerthaus Berlin. Both audience and critics appreciated the concert of the Flying Dutchmen enormously, resulting in the first Standing Ovations of the festival! Afterwards there was a big party with the sponsors, in which the string-principals performed a highly appreciated version of the Mendelssohn-octet.

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NJO in Konzerthaus Berlin with Hannes Minnaar

Review Tagesspiegel: WILDE JAGD

Antony Hermus hat seinen Klangkörper bestens im Griff. Und kann nach der Pause richtig auftrumpfen – mit Strauss’ Rosenkavalier-Suite. Spritzig-frisches Draufgängertum, immer mit einem inneren Lächeln gespielt. Die vielen Facetten des Wiener Walzers, den Strauss in dieser Oper so liebevoll und spielerisch hin- und herwendet, bis daraus ein Strauß charmanter Parodien geworden ist – sie werden vom Orchester fein herausgearbeitet. Völlig andere, ins Dämonische gewendete Walzer dann noch zum Schluss in Ravels „La Valse.“ Musik, die durchs Feuer eines Weltkriegs gegangen ist, vulkanös brodelnd, mit Energie nur so um sich werfend. So, wie die Niederländer den infernalischen Tanz spielen, klingt es fast wie Strawinsky.

Review RRB Kulturradio: Young Euro Classic: National Jugendorchester der Niederlände



Afterwards the NJO-orchestra arrived in the Dolomites (Italy) where they performed at the Festspiele Südtirol in the Gustav-Mahler-hall in Toblach. The orchestra played with such an impressive refinement in sound, that also this last concert of the tour was highly appreciated by the audience and led immediately to a reinvitation.

End of “La Valse” in Toblach


Strand Toblach