The New European Ensemble delights us on festival Sunday with not one but two performances. One in the concert hall and one outside on the water at the Weerdsluis.
In the evening on the water, New European Ensemble performs a new work which Gaudeamus commissioned Jonas Bisquert to write for the NEE and the Vocal Ensemble Consort from Nijmegen. A work inspired by the theme of water. So it is only logical that it will also receive its premiere on the water. The choir sings, both from the quayside and on the water, parts of the poem The Long European Nights by Randa Awad, who recites the poem in person during the concert.
This concert is the prelude to Festival Beyond, which will visit Utrecht in November. The Festival’s entire programme is constructed around the theme of water.
Jonás Bisquert - Nocturne In EUropean Waters
New European Ensemble (NEUE)
Vocaal Ensemble Consorte, conducted by Imre Ploeg
Edzard Mik, Hans Lodeizen, Randa Awad, Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen - text
Photo © Raymond Dekker