Gelders Fanfare Orkest

Saturday, July 22, 10.30 AM
Conductor: Erik VAN DE KOLK 
Soloists: Fenna OGRAJENSEK (soprano) & Wendy RIJKEN (harp)

The Gelders Fanfare Orchestra (GFO) is one of Holland’s most renowned fanfare orchestras and consists of about sixty-five enthusiastic musicians. The GFO performs in the premier league of wind orchestras: the Concert-division. For a large part its members are advanced amateurs, but music students and professional musicians play in the orchestra as well. The Fanfare is an orchestral genre which is typical for the Netherlands and Belgium, and the players of the GFO just love the sound of this type of orchestra.
The GFO has dedicated itself to promoting the fanfare orchestra in its most original form. In addition, the orchestra pursues the introduction of innovative elements within the fanfare music, for example by providing composition assignments and playing works by new and upcoming composers. The orchestra performs concerts regularly, and participates in numerous musical projects and final exams of conservatory students. The orchestra also organizes the annual “Young Soloists Project”, where promising young musicians (8-18 years old) are invited to an audition. The winner is given the opportunity to perform a solo during a gala-concert of the Gelders Fanfare Orchestra.
Conductor Erik van de Kolk (1985) began his musical training in his hometown Elspeet. At the age of 16 he started his studies at the Conservatory in Zwolle, as a percussionist. Since 2005, Erik studied Conducting with Alex Schillings at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and attended conducting classes with Ivan Meylemans and Jan Cober. He finished his studies Cum Laude in 2012. In 2011, he won the 5th European Conducting Competition in Montreux (Switzerland), where he was elected ‘Best Conductor’ by both the orchestra, the audience and the jury. In the same year, Erik started conducting the Gelders Fanfare Orchestra. Over the years, he was invited to conduct professional orchestras like the Fanfarekorps Koninklijke Landmacht “Bereden Wapens”, the Koninklijke Militaire Kapel “Johan Willem Friso”, and the Police Orchestra Böblingen (Germany). 

The programme the GFO will play in Utrecht during WASBE 2017 is called “ongehoord”, which stands for “never heard before”, but in Dutch also means “unheard of” and “outrageous”.
The compositions played are either newly written for the GFO, or very recently made available for our orchestra. Hence it is music which is “ongehoord” up to now, written by Stan Nieuwenhuis, Harrie Janssen, Andy Scott and Marco Pütz. 
All compositions are about events or processes that take place in the world around us. War and tension, the way we deal with the environment, harm our planet and people in the third world (“othering”), and the international situation of refugees. These events are “ongehoord” as well! In Andy Scott’s mini-opera “A child like you”, soprano Fenna Ogranjensek, harpist Wendy Rijken and four youngsters will perform together with the Gelders Fanfare Orkest.

Nieuwenhuis, Stan (*1989) False Front - Premiere
Scott, Andy (*1966) A Child Like You
Janssen, Harrie (*1960) Rounded With A Sleep (For Fanfare Band) - Premiere
Pütz, Marco (*1958) Time For Outrage 

Photo: Benno Wonink