The NedPhO|NKO is known for its active participation in all matters cultural and social. As NedPhO GO! musicians from both orchestras play in classrooms and hospitals, community centres and housing co-operatives, parks and squares. They play in all sorts of places in Amsterdam, but always with the same aim: to convey the love of music to infants and children, the handicapped and the imprisoned, children with a serious illness, old people with Alzheimer’s and all Amsterdammers who would not normally go into a concert hall.
The NedPhO|NKO seeks to be accessible to as wide an audience as possible and has therefore made NedPhO GO! a permanent part of its activities. Outside their normal concert work, our players share their passion for music with many different groups from our society every week, with around one hundred extra performances per year. People who are sick forget why they are in the hospital; handicapped children dance to the sound of Ravel’s Bolero in the Concertgebouw; old people with dementia unexpectedly sing along; classes from schools come to visit and people from other cultures are inspired by the sounds of the Western symphonic tradition. Amateur musicians and orchestras are inspired and supported by their professional colleagues who share their experiences with them.
NedPhO GO! aims to create an environment in which classical music is accessible for as many people as possible and in which playing an instrument is just as natural and as normal as playing football on the street.
NedPhO GO! is made possible by grants from the City of Amsterdam, Cyrte Investments and the Turing Foundation.
NedPhO GO! is a member of Amuze, the foundation for Amsterdam Music Education. It is also a founder member of the Netherlands-wide project Muziek Telt.
NICO RAAT, music teacher ‘Music helps you to get further with your life. At school we have many immigrant pupils with limited vocabularies; they learn new words by singing. Music-making is also good for their personal development: they can show something of themselves when they perform. And they learn to look at and listen to other people with respect.’
A resident of an Amsterdam nursing home ‘It makes a break in your day, but it’s more than that — it’s an enrichment too. Look, we all know how to sing here in the Jordaan, but this is something different.’