Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century Appoints New Normal Director

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The Amsterdam-based Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century has a brand new Normal Director, having beforehand operated beneath its unique management for 4 a long time. British trombonist and file government Kate Rockett is to take over the function from Sieuwert Verster, who will step down in September 2022 to concentrate on his file label Attacca.

Rockett has a robust early music background: she skilled initially as a trombonist on the Royal Academy of Music after which furthered her period-instrument experience on the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel. After working in a few of the world’s high interval ensembles, such because the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Gabrieli Consort, B’Rock Orchestra, and Concerto Köln, she moved into arts administration. For the previous six years, she has been the Artist & Repertoire Supervisor and Government Producer on the label Pentatone.

The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, which was based in 1981 by Frans Brüggen and Lucy van Dael, performs works from an period that begins with Purcell and ends with Chopin. The group excursions roughly six occasions every year, and all of the musicians play both on interval devices or on up to date copies.

“Since its founding over forty years in the past by Frans Brüggen, the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century has been a highly-respected key participant within the historically-informed efficiency motion and has impressed many different ensembles, each within the Netherlands and worldwide,” Rockett mentioned.

“Sieuwert Verster has been on the helm for all this time: a fairly distinctive monitor file and a tough act to comply with. The orchestra is a exceptional worldwide collective of passionate and dedicated musicians; I’m delighted to have the chance to form the following chapter of the organisation’s historical past,” she added.


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