Day of the Composer

On Saturday June 18, 2022, New Music NOW organizes the first Day of the Composer, the motto for this day is Long live the Composer! A celebration of new music. Music by composers active in the Netherlands can be heard throughout the country: not only in concert-halls and theatres, but also from bell-towers, on the street and in living rooms. The NTR and VPRO report live and New Music NOW streams concerts and interviews all day long. Reporters from all over the country will report on this first ever Day of the Composer.

Festival Dag in de Branding, together with our partners, ensures that there are many concerts and activities in The Hague on this day. Below you will find an overview of the varied programme. Most concerts have free admittance! For more information.


10am – 2pm Studio Lulofstraat 55
free workshop (reservation is mandatory)

Sara Zamboni, gives a workshop for amateur composers
More info and sign up

Sara Zamboni

12pm the carillon of the Grote Kerk
free entrance

Gijsbert Kok, carillonneur
Henk Badings (1907-1987) – Suite no. III (1953)
– Prelude
– Scherzo
– Air
– Passacaglia
Il Hoon Son – Around (2015)
Cristiano Melli – Little Scheveningen Waltz no. 2
Cornelis de Bondt – Carillon Catalog 333
Gilius van Bergeijk – Blue Bells (2015)
Sylvia Maessen – Five mini-scherzi (2010)
Renadi Santoso – Freedom Bells (2020)
Yota Morimoto – Bright Pledge (2019)
Roel van Oosten – Towards Victory (2020)

12pm bookstore Paagman, Frederik Hendriklaan
free entrance

Jeroen Elfferich and Ivan Pavlov, piano
Jeroen Elfferich writes music for two pianos. Together with the Bulgarian pianist Ivan Pavlov, Jeroen forms a unique piano duo focused exclusively on performing his compositions on two aluminum Ripping wings. During the performance in Paagman, compositions from their CD that was recently released on Etcetera Records will be played.

3pm AMARE, ensemble hall KC
free entrance

Ensemble Academy Royal Conservatoire + musicians Residentie Orkest
Soloist: Yuchen Richard Zhang, violin
Martijn Padding – White Eagle

New European Ensemble
portrait concert with works by Seung-Won Oh
Sifting Through Memory | Black Crow (NL premiere) |
New work

New European Ensemble

4:30pm Kloosterkerk
free entrance

Ensemble Klang; Geerten van de Wetering, organ
Thomas van Dun – Light Mass

The young composer Thomas van Dun covers the entire spectrum between symphony orchestra and dance. In his composition Light Mass he wants to create a trance experience. Commissioned by Festival Dag in de Branding during Thomas’ trajectory as artist-in-residence. The performers are Ensemble Klang and the adventurous organist Geerten van de Wetering.

5pm Kloosterkerk
free entrance

Matangi Quartet plays a selection from the #90seconds compositions. There are a number of ‘The Hague’ composers among them, including Kate Moore, Rembrandt Frerichs, Marijn van Prooijen and Rogier Bosman, but quartet members Karsten Kleijer and Maria-Paula Majoor have also written compositions themselves.

5.30pm Kloosterkerk
free entrance

Geerten van de Wetering, organ and Matthijs van Koene, panpipe
Daan Manneke – Perfla!
Calliope Tsoupaki – Song for life and death
Oene van Geel – E in a cage
Roderik de Man – Turbolenza di protoni!

Panflutist Matthijs Koene and organist Geerten van de Wetering play works by Dutch composers in the monumental Kloosterkerk on the Lange Voorhout.

Geerten van de Wetering

8pm Theater de Vaillant
entry € 15,

Ensemble Modelo62 will play the musical theatre performance BallerinaBallerina by Petra Strahovnik On 18 June at 20:00 and 19 June at 15:00h, a musical theatre performance about a 15-year-old autistic girl who walks on her toes when she experiences stress. That’s why everyone calls her Ballerina. The performance is based on the book of the same name by the Slovenian writer Marco Sosič. With her work, the Hague-Slovenian composer Petra Strahovnik is committed to raising awareness about mental conditions that deviate from the standard. She combines music and performance art to create experiences that contribute to a better understanding of differences between people.

BallerinaBallerina – Petra Strahovnik

11:45pm – 00:45am Paard, Kleine zaal
admission €47,50 (gives access to the entire Grauzone programme of 18 June)

Alberta Balsam is part of the Grauzone festival. As accessible as it is adventurous, she moves just outside the Aphex Twin universe. Her contemporary, dreamy twist on the IDM sound of the Irish pioneer is increasingly popular in the Netherlands and surroundings.

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