Koninklijke Militaire Kapel Johan Willem Friso

Tuesday, July 18, 08.00 PM
Conductor: Tijmen BOTMA
Soloist: Jörgen VAN RIJEN, Trombone

The Royal Netherlands Army Band ‘Johan Willem Friso’ (KMKJWF, 2005) is carrying on the traditions of the former Royal Military Band (1829) and the Johan Willem Friso Band (1819). This professional concert band has as its main task the musical accompaniment of military and state ceremonies and official receptions held by His Majesty King Willem Alexander, heads of state and ambassadors.

In addition, the KMKJWF also gives concerts to promote good relations between the Royal Netherlands Army and its environment. In the event of official ceremonies and during the annual Netherlands National Tattoo, the band joins forces with the Regimental Brass Ensemble of the Grenadiers and Rifles. On these occasions the members of the band display the ceremonial dress of the Grenadier Guards. The uniforms are best known for the bearskins, but also include the Turkish crescents, elaborate percussion instruments traditionally used by military bands. They were a gift given to the former Royal Military Band by Queen Mother Emma in 1901.
Conductor Tijmen Botma is currently chief conductor of the KMKJWF, Fanfare Orchestra Psalm 150 Dinxperlo and the northern Dutch Concert Orchestra.
He is also professor majoring Concert Fanfare Brassband- Board of the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen and regularly serves as a guest conductor and jury member at various music competitions.

Guest Soloist is Jörgen van Rijen, principal trombonist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He is much in demand as a soloist with a special commitment to promoting his instrument, developing new repertoire for the trombone and bringing the existing repertoire to a broader audience. Jörgen has won various prizes, including first prizes at the international trombone competitions of Toulon and Guebwiller and the Netherlands Music Prize in 2004, the highest distinction in the field of music. 

Kessels, P.J. (1856-1928) Fête Sicilienne
Bryant, Steven (*1972) Solo For Trombone - Premiere
Comitas, Alexander (*1957) Coming To Light - Premiere
Brossé, Dirk (*1960) Philadelphia Overture
Sandström, Jan (*1954) Bombibone Brassbit
Gjeilo, Ola (*1978) Serenity (Arr. Wilson)
Gould, Morton (1913-1996)  Four Latin American Symphonette (Arr. Koekelkoren)         
Part 1. Rhumba
Part 2. Tango
Part 3. Guaracha
Part 4. Conga