November Music 2019

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Visitors to November Music 2019 can fully enjoy today’s eclectic musical landscape. The festival showcases the prominent composers of our time. Not to mention top-notch ensembles, jazz & world pioneers, sound installations, and interdisciplinary concerts. November Music takes place from 1 through 10 November at various locations in the Dutch city of ’s-Hertogenbosch. Check the program and be there…   

November Music’s 27th edition is brimming with surprising combinations. It features 11 new commissioned works as well as pieces and groups that have hardly been heard in the Netherlands, if at all. Such as the brand-new Bosch Requiem that will be performed on All Souls Day (2 November). This version is written by festival composer (and Dutch Composer Laureate) Calliope Tsoupaki with the vocalists Marcel Beekman and Maarten Engeltjes. Tsoupaki’s requiem is a musical ode to the Virgin Mary in times of doubt and distress.

Performances that add an extra dimension to music are VAL by theatre-maker Baukje Schweigman with ensemble Calefax and SOLAS by dance company LeineRoebana. Music by Yannis Kyriakides.

A large number of choirs from the province of North Brabant (capital: ’s Hertogenbosch) features at November Music 2019. The audience will hear numerous vocal pieces sung by professional as well as amateur choirs under the heading Koren Centraal. The works are written by various composers that include Kris Oelbrandt who is active as a Trappist monk in addition to his musical accomplishments.

November Music is once again the home base for the best Dutch modern classical music ensembles such as Holland Baroque, Ragazze Quartet, Silbersee, Ives Ensemble, Asko|Schönberg, and Nieuw Ensemble which will be playing a farewell concert, with a new version of Wilbert Bulsink’s ‘Spelingen’.

November Music had its first edition in 1993 has ever since taken place in the beautiful Mediaeval Brabant capital of ’s-Hertogenbosch (also called Den Bosch) in the south of the Netherlands. It is the most important international gathering for contemporary music in the country. The annual festival, which lasts 10 days, presents 90 concerts across all genres, featuring today’s music by today’s makers. November Music is commissioning Dutch and international composers to compose new work as it initiates collaborations between musicians from the Netherlands and those hailing from elsewhere. It attracted 11,500 visitors in 2016 and more than 12,000 visitors in 2017.

Highlighted Concerts:

NOV 2


Calliope Tsoupaki – Bosch Requiem
Marcel Beekman, Maarten Engeltjes
PRJCT Amsterdam, Manoj Kamps
Theater aan de Parade

NOV 3


Calliope Tsoupaki – Song for Life and Death
Matthijs Koene
Babel, Hofzaal

Calliope Tsoupaki – Narcissus
Heleen Hulst, Gerard Bouwhuis
Pleitzaal

Kris Oelbrandt – Loflied der Verzoening
Capella Brabant, Dudok Quartet
Grote Kerk

NOV 6


Bianca Bongers – Surrounded by Air, Appearance III
Trio Catch
Willem Twee Toonzaal

Yannis Kyriakides – Val, muziektheater Schweigman& Calefax
Theater aan de Parade

NOV 7


Daan Manneke – Psalmenrequiem etc.
Grote Kerk Den Bosch

Calliope Tsoupaki – Pour Notre-Dame
Daan Manneke – Voorspel op de naam BACH
– Agnus Dei (Tombeau pour Maurice Pirenne)
– Patronen
Veronique van den Engh
Sint-Janskathedraal

Daan Manneke – Grote Archipel
Ralph van Raat
Willem Twee Toonzaal

NOV 9


Daan Manneke – Grote Archipel
Ralf van Raat

Maxim Shalygin – Todos los fuegos el fuego
Amstel Quartet & Keuris Quartet
Verkadefabriek

Wilbert Bulsink – Spelingen
Miriam Overlach
Asko|Schönberg, Bas Wiegers
Theater aan de Parade

Willem Boogman – Nieuw werk
Ives Ensemble
Willem Twee Toonzaal

NOV 10


Calliope Tsoupaki – Paraklitikon
Gerard Beljon – Planctus Cygni
Collegium Vocale Eindhoven
Grote Kerk