The NDA Research Lab carries out scholarly and practical research which fuels the NDA's concert programmes, radio broadcasts, multidisciplinary projects and CD recordings.

The activities of the NDA Research Lab aim to give new insights into 18th century music through re-discovering, re-evaluating and re-introducing lost, forgotten or ignored repertoire and through taking fresh looks at historical performance practices, musical aesthetics, instruments and instrumentation.

Ongoing, structural projects include research into the birth and formation of the symphony and symphony orchestra at the court in Mannheim in the middle of the 18th century (as part of the NDA's Mannheim Project) and the symphony in Holland in the 18th century (as part of the NDA's Dutch Music Project).

The NDA's research has resulted in the realisation of, amongst other things:

  • Modern day world-premiere concert performances of symphonic works by 18th century composers (including) Stamitz, Richter, Holzbauer, Schmitt, Zappa, Graaf, Colizzi, Spangenberg and Schwindl
  • Radio, TV and Internet broadcasts of live peformances of new(ly discovered) repertoire
  • Innovative concert programmes with new repertoire and new perspectives
  • The first ever CD of symphonies and chamber music by "The Dutch Haydn" Joseph Schmitt
  • The first ever CD documenting the symphony at the 18th century Court of Orange in The Hague
  • World Premiere CD recordings of symphonies by Zappa, Graaf, Schwindl and C Stamitz
  • World Premiere CD recordings of symphonies from the Mannheimer Schule by Stamitz and Richter
  • Modern scholarly performance editions of previously unavailable symphonic and chamber music
  • The successful reconstruction of Bach's own Cello - the Violoncello Piccolo
  • Documentaries disseminating the findings of the Research Lab
  • Contributions to Scholarly Conferences on 18th century Art, Music, Society and Aesthetics

 

Listen to tracks from the NDA's world premiere CD recording of symphonies from the 18th century Court of Orange by Zappa, Graaf, Schwindl and C. Stamitz

Listen to tracks from the NDA's world premiere CD recording of symphonies and chamber works by "The Dutch Haydn" Joseph Schmitt

Listen to tracks from the NDA's world premiere CD recordings of early Mannheim symphonies by Stamitz and Richter

Watch Simon Murphy and the NDA perform symphonies by Zappa, Graaf and Stamitz live on videostreaming

Read articles documenting some of the exciting repertoire discoveries made by the NDA Research Lab

Listen to Simon Murphy being interviewed about some of the Research Lab's recent activities and results