Live music has a particularly strong power of attraction. People from all classes, incomes and cultural backgrounds come together wherever music is performed. They stop in their tracks, listen and enjoy it. The musicians of the NedPhO and the NKO see this every time that they perform in a hospital or in the square of one of the suburbs. When people share an experience, the barriers that normally stop them communicating with each other disappear. Music brings people together — and this is exactly what NedPhO GO! intends. Concerts also provide distraction, consolation and relaxation.
Never too old for an enriching experience
Eliane Attinger, director of the Ostadetheater, collaborated with NedPhO GO! during the Babelfestival in the Pijp area of Amsterdam: ‘I have seen all too often that art is approached either too amateurishly or too cheaply here. It doesn’t convince anyone. People are already set apart from art and you can only reach them by showing them the very best.’ We see that she is right later during a community centre concert when the lady behind the bar closes her eyes and smiles, rocking her body in time to the music.
‘In a small space like a community centre people experience the music very directly’: cellist Jan Bastiaan Neven knows this from experience. ‘People can often appreciate the music much more like this than in a large concert hall.’ ‘People really enjoy it’, adds his cellist colleague Nitzan Laster. ‘You can really make someone’s day.’
An audience member of a vocal recital in an Amsterdam nursing home sums it up well: ‘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.’