NDA and The House of Orange
Alongside its work in putting the musical heritage of the House of Orange back on the map through research, performances, broadcasts and recordings (including the newest NDA CD with world premiere recordings of symphonies from the 18th century Court of Orange), the NDA has also had the honour of regularly performing for many of the current members of the Royal House of the Netherlands, including for Her Majesty Queen Beatrix, and for their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Willem Alexander and Princess Maxima.
A number of highlights: In 2004, the NDA was invited to give performances for the State Visit to Italy of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix as part of the Dutch presidency of the European Union. The NDA performed in the presidential palace Palazzo Quirinale for Queen Beatrix, President Ciampi and special guests in special concert broadcast live by the RAI. The concert programme was specially created for the evening by the NDA's artistic director and conductor Simon Murphy and featured Dutch and Italian Baroque works, thereby highlighting and celebrating the rich history of cultural exchange between the two countries.
The programme for the Palazzo Quirinale performance included the now famous Concerti Grossi by Corelli - music which was originally published and disseminated by the Dutch (Roger, Amsterdam, 1714) - as well as Italian inspired orchestral music by van Wassenaer (long throught to be by Pergolesi) and De Fesch. The programme was completed with Vivaldi's Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in a minor with the Baroque Flautist Georgia Browne as soloist.
In 2006, the NDA performed music from the 18th century Court of Orange for the Crown Prince of Orange Willem Alexander and Princess Maxima in the The Hague's Ridderzaal at the Official Gala Opening the Celebrations of the 400 year relationship between the Netherlands and Australia. The programme included works by the court's 18th century Kapellmeister Graaf and Concertmaster Schwindl. Later that year, as part of the Official Celebrations, the NDA travelled to Australia, presenting several Dutch concert programmes and live radio broadcasts for the ABC as well as giving education workshops at several leading institutions.
In 2009, the NDA was invited to give special performances as part of the visit to Canada of their Royal Highnesses Prince Maurits and Princess Marilene as part of the Cultural Olympiade (the cultural upbeat to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver 2010). For the visit, the NDA performed a programme of Dutch and European masterworks from the 17th and 18th centuries. The NDA was also invited to give a series of presentations linking art and music at the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) in relation to the "Dutch Masters" travelling exhibition from Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. This invitation followed earlier successful presentations given by Simon Murphy and the NDA at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.
In the Netherlands, the NDA has given numerous private performances for members of the Royal House and their guests. At one such intimate recital event, Murphy recently performed works by JS Bach and his Dutch contemporaries on the NDA's successful reconstruction of Bach's own Violoncello Piccolo - the instrument for which Bach wrote the famous D major 6th Suite for Solo Cello.