Recovering from COVID-19 through breathing and singing exercises

Premiere July 16, 2021, De Vereeniging Nijmegen (NL)

 

Wishful Singing has developed the online program Sing Strong!, based on the successful ENO Breathe of the English National Opera, which starts on May 31, 2021. This program supports COVID-19 patients with long-term sequelae in their recovery through breathing, singing and relaxation exercises performed by and together with Wishful Singing, guest singers Damani Leidsman, Madhu Singh and pianist Bert van den Brink. Sing along with songs from Ramses Shaffy, Boudewijn de Groot, George Gershwin and songs from all corners of the world and different cultures and feel strong again!

More and more is known about long-term health damage from corona. Since the start of the Corona outbreak, more than 1.4 million Dutch people have been tested positive. According to a first estimate by the RIVM, 20% of them still have complaints 4 or 5 weeks after a positive test, or Long (long-term) Covid. These patients have sometimes been dealing with complaints such as fatigue, shortness of breath, concentration problems, feelings of depression, headache and muscle weakness for months. Pleasure in singing, restoring confidence in your own body and meeting other participants are central in the programma Sing Strong! The online program lasts 6 weeks and consists of a weekly online group session as well as exercises that you perform independently using videos in an app. Wishful Singing works together with a team of, among others, pulmonologists, respiratory therapists and lung physiotherapists, to set up this project in a responsible manner. The program is offered free of charge.

To complete the program, there will be a joint conclusion in the form of a closing concert via Zoom. Wishful Singing and pianist Bert van den Brink perform the repertoire that has passed in the six weeks and participants will sing along from home. To complete the program, a joint closing event will take place on 16 July 2021 in the form of a Summer Concert from Concertgebouw De Vereeniging in Nijmegen – live with an audience from the hall and online. The five singers celebrate that they will be back on stage and are looking for new connections. Together with master pianist Bert van den Brink, singer-songwriter Damani Leidsman and singer Madhu Singh, the ensemble pays tribute to the unique quality of the voice. Singer-songwriter Damani Leidsman sings rhythmically catchy Afro-Surinamese songs such as Mi kanto ma mi de'te ('I've turned around, but I'm still here') and singer Madhu Singh, popular in the Hindu community, will perform the Bollywood classic Lag Ja Gaale ('Embrace me'). Wishful Singing shines with summery close harmony by Gershwin and has everyone (at home) sing along with Zing, vecht, huil, bid, lach werk en bewonder by Ramses Shaffy. Personal musical stories in which each song embodies the motto of the evening in its own way: Sing yourself strong! Pianist Bert van den Brink makes sparkling transitions with his talent for improvisation, connecting the different musical styles.

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At the end of May, the online program Sing Strong will start. In this program, Long Covid patients work with Wishful Singing on their recovery through breathing, singing and relaxation exercises. The online program lasts 6 weeks and consists of a weekly online group session as well as exercises that the participant performs independently using videos in an app. More information: www.zingjesterk.nl

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Stage direction - Anne-Christine Wemekamp, Sound - Jaap Schledorn, Lightdesign & stage directional advice - Annechien Koerselman, Camera - Nico de Voogd, Mix - Fleur Beemster

Recording location: TivoliVredenburg Utrecht

Organisiation: Wishful Singing Amsterdam i.c.w. TivoliVredenburg Utrecht

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  On June 17, 2021, the album of Sing Strong! was released online.

Listen to the 12 breath & week songs via Spotify

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Music theatre about Fast Fashion

The festival celebrates the end of the year in the museum environment of the old "Printing House" and shows gems of theater created by a new generation of theater makers. Two adventureous collections have been put together, each consisting of 3 theater performances. Wasteland, made by Sannah Aukes, Esther de Haas and Márin Kroon (Collective Trojka) is part of the Blue Collection. They graduated from ArtEZ's Music Theater in 2019 and are now creating their first performance together. At the request of the Winter Karavaan, Annechien will coaches the three performers, which have the following in mind:

One is part of the festive opening of a new fashion store. The store you've been waiting for. Always up-to-date and full of the latest trends for the lowest price. There is music, there are bubbles and snacks. There are speeches, there is a show, you will be surprised; an ode to fashion! Theater makers Esther, Márin and Sannah are examining their own relationship with clothes and the fashion industry. Knowing that you can 'do better' but then not follow suit? Is that laziness, is it about the financial benefits? And then: do we deal with this feeling of guilt or do we state it is enough, looking away is not an option anymore. A musical deluge on the catwalk!

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Cora Burggraaf and the inner voice of Elsa Diepenbrock

Inner Voice is a musical portrayal of a woman who, for a long time, let her own voice grow silent. As the wife of the famous composer Alphons Diepenbrock, who was the constant centre of attention, Elsa Diepenbrock gradually fell silent. Despite helping other people find their voice as a stammer specialist and being able to easily address large groups of people in three languages, her own voice faltered. Little by little, fearlessness turned into timidness.

To Elsa, music was life, so she would sing in her head. Cora Burggraaf dives into her world and lends Elsa her voice. Their voices complement each other. Inner Voice is a tale of recognition, in which music by, among others, Alphons Diepenbrock, Gustav Mahler, Richard Wagner, Anna Cramer, Georges Bizet plays a role. As you walk through Ecokathedraal, you listen to Elsa’s musical and personal world through headphones. The use of binaural sound techniques makes it seem as if the voices and music are inside your head. This allows you to almost physically experience the inner worlds of Elsa and Cora, and hopefully also your own. But make no mistake: at some point, this inner voice becomes an outer voice, very much alive …

The performance is based on the novel Cécile and Elsa, combative ladies by Elisabeth Leijnse.

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At the request of the WDR and the WDR Runfunkchor, Annechien develops and directs 2 video clips, which will be recorded in the monumental Karl von Bismarcksaal of the WDR Funkhaus. The women's choir brings the famous song The Rose by Bette Midler. The men's choir will sing the Scottish national anthem Loch Lomond, the melody of which will sound all too familiar to Cologne football supporters, since the hymn by football club FC Köln Mer stonn zu dir is based on this.

Both video clips will be released on the You Tube channel of the WDR Rundfunkchor.

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Composition Image © Annechien Koerselman

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The shortest festival of the Netherlands!

The PAN is Calefax's annual festive concert between Christmas and New Years. Like many festivals, also the PAN of 2020 failed because of Corona. But don't worry, because the PAN-demic will be made up - now that it is possible again. Therefore, on September 4 Calefax will present the musical potpourri evening which has become an outstanding mini festival. In this (postponed) seventeenth edition, one will see short performances by musicians, whose agendas became empty due to the corona crisis: Maria Milstein & Mathieu van Bellen, Thomas Beijer, Peter Gijsbertsen, Wittgenstein Project en Ludian Schaling van het platform samen/uit/thuis, Dolores Leeuwin, Bec Plexus & Aart Strootman. Host Calefax will also perform. A festive evening during which the door to the bar will be open all night long.

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Annechien will again contribute - as at PAN 9 till 16 - in the form of dramaturgical support and being the stage managemer during this evening.

Zaterdag September 04, 2021, 19.30h, Muziekgebouw aan het IJ Amsterdam

More info: CALEFAX REED QUINTET

Scenic Baroque Opera in the open air

Not the Trojan hero, but Dido and Death engage in battle in this Dido & Aeneas by Purcell. Dido is under pressure. As queen she serves her people, but that same mass also makes her a loner. There is gossip behind her back and she is exposed to venom. Moreover, Dido herself struggles with dark thoughts, which seem to tear her apart. Belinda sees her chance in the arrival of Aeneas and hopes to provide the much-needed distraction. But Death cannot be misled and thus as spectators we witness the fate that irrevocably awaits Dido.

How does fate affacts us? To what extent are we as human beings actually capable of directing our own lives? This question is central to this performance of Purcell's opera, in which youngsters from Bremerhaven also participate. Like a contemporary Greek choir, they cut through the original opera with short performances, in which they give their musical-theatrical vision of Dido themes such as of jealousy, depression and the power of the masses. Performances that hold up a mirror to Dido as well and do not leave her untouched. Death knew already all along...

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swinging music theatre for the age of  4+

 

Home Sweet Home. Everybody knows the feeling, everybody needs it. But when do you actually feel at home? What provides such familiar feeling? What sounds, what scents, which stuff, which friends do resonate this? How big or how small should your house be? Do you invite other beasts in there? During the creation of their shared new house the forest bird, the raccoon and the tortoise have to cope with all those questions. And while they discover that sometimes the home for the one beast doesn't fit for the other beast, they learn at the same time the power of being and working together.

Previously the windwoodtrio Dividivi3 developed i.c.w. stage director Annechien Koerselman When Witches put a spell (4+) about three musical witches. In  Jungleboogy, again music will be the only spoken language and humor will not be shunned. During their musical adventure "the beasts" will play compositions by a.o. Schnittke, Piazzolla and Haydn. 

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Flute & Acting Rieneke Brink (Dividivi3)

English horn, Oboe & Acting Paloma de Beer (Dividivi3)

(Bass)Clarinet & Acting Ilse Eijsink (Dividivi3)

Stage direction & Script Annechien Koerselman

Set- & Costumedesign Anne Ammerlaan

Musicaldramaturgy Dividivi3 & Annechien Koerselman

Production & Organisation Dividivi3 & Grachtenfestival Amsterdam

 

PERFORMANCES

2020

Oranjewoud Oranjewoudfestival June 01, 2020 11.15, 13.30 & 16.25h

2019

Amsterdam Het Grachtenfestival Mariotteplein (East) 10th of August 2019 12 & 14 h (free entrance)

Amsterdam Het Grachtenfestival Kindergarden Stadstimmertuinen (Centrum) 11th of August 2019 11 & 13 h (free entrance)

Amsterdam Het Grachtenfestival Ecuplein (New-West) 14th of August 2019 13 & 15 h (free entrance)

Amsterdam Het Grachtenfestival Plein 40/45 (New-West) 17th of August 2019 12 & 14 h (free entrance)

 

More information: www.dividivi3.nl

Trailer © Nander Cirkel/Het Grachtenfestival Amsterdam

Eleventh elephantastic children's concert

All astronauts on board? Our expedition into the infinite of the universe is about to begin. 3, 2, 1 - lift off! And off the ground they are: Elefant, Hase, Anke and André, on their way to the farthest stars and planets - accompanied by galactic music by the WDR Funkhausorchestra.

Anke Engelke and André Gatzke have been discovering the world of music together with Elefant und Hase and the WDR Funkhausorchester since 2011. Each year a different sound theme is central, such as the musical animal melodies in the concert Something animalistic (Tierisch was los) and classic party hits in Birthdayparty (Geburtstagparty). This season they will focus on music in space. Space (Das Weltall) is a theatrical concert for the little ones to marvel, listen and to participate.

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a non-verbal, participatory music theater production for the whole family (ages 4 and up)

As a Christmas surprise for their parents, the forestchildren Vesta and Diana want to decorate a pine tree, but accidentally they turn King Winter's land upside down. Then, for his part, King Winter has to enlist the help of his fellow seasons Prince Primavera, Summerking Estate and Count Autumn Autunno to achieve another white Christmas in time. However, as benefits a good Christmas story: All's well that ends well!

Oh Tree of Wonder is a magical Christmas story with the forestchildren Vesta and Diana in the Gnome Forest! Four musicians slip into the roles of the four seasons and team up with the audience to sing classic Austrian, Portuguese and American Christmas songs as well as works by Claude Debussy, Engelbert Humperdinck and Astor Piazzolla. This participative concert is all about the non-verbal power of music. Together, performers and audience discover the techniques and functions of the orchestral instruments, hold conversations without words and enter musical competitions.

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When palace walls make themselves heard

Who does not know her: Loo, the almost 400-year-old palace of the House of Orange in the heart of Apeldoorn. But how well do you really know this diva with royal traits?

Loo is a dazzling music theater performance in which Marketing Manager Klamer and his assistant Alicia are in search of Loo's soul. They have big plans for the palace now that it has been completely renovated, refurbished and rebuilt. But Loo, played by soprano Laetitia Gerards, is an idiosyncratic lady who does not do anyone's dirty work. At least that's what she thinks, but then she doesn't know Klamer yet… As soon as Loo opens a palace door, Klamer and Alicia take a theatrical dive into her past. And this affects her own heart too. Nostalgia for days gone by, when majesties inhabited her, musicians performed in her concert hall, and she let her chandeliers shine during sumptuous dinners, makes Loo more candid and loose-lipped than one would expect from a royal palace. Does the 400-year-old lady Loo still have a future in 2022? Judge for yourself. 

Loo is as comical as it is dynamic music theater, in which one gets a theatrical tour behind the scenes of Loo. The setting in which all this happens is different than usual. The hall (Rabobankzaal) of Orpheus has been converted into an audience hall for this special occasion. While the spectator is served a majestic dinner to the sounds of composers such as Lully, Mozart and Offenbach, an exciting game between appearance and reality unfolds. There Loo, Klamer, Alicia together with an eight-member musical ensemble dust off Dutch history, almost forgotten stadholders, kings and queens present themselves, and bridges are built to the present.

Loo is Theater Orpheus' second production. These productions are based on regional stories that have a national appearance.

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De Stentor, Ingrid Willems,  April 22, 2021

In the performance I want to show the struggle of Palace Het Loo's right to exist.
[Palace] Het Loo is existing for almost four hundred years and I notice that in the west of the country where I live, hardly any attention is paid to it. While I think: Het Loo is such an important part of the Dutch identity. The Palace has grown with us for four hundred years and has gone through all the phases.

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 Video © Ingrid Willems/De Stentor

Apeldoorn Direct, David Levie,  April 22, 2021

or the most comical musical bank robbery of all times

Everyone knew them. Everyone knew who they were. The Brass Boys and their music were popular and everyone wanted to hear them play. But times have changed and this time they are in need. The money with which they allways created new music lacks, doom approches! If they want to continue to perform as a band they need quickly supplies.

The troop intends a plan: To provide themselves the most necessary, they intend to rob the new city bank. Tonight it should happen, the night before the opening of the bank! Will the Brassgang crack the code of the safe in time?

What music is capable of and what it does to us is the subject of this turbulent and funny musical comedy. The members of the Brass Gang are cheerful and courageous people. They dream of always making new music, and try to accomplish this goal at any cost. Well - and on the way to fulfill our most secret desires, there are always also surprises ... The story is told without words and with loads of music!

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Trailer © Christoph Greussing

Reviews

Kulturzeitschrift, Silvia Thurner, June 29, 2017

The content was not only through what was shown understandable, but it was also fascinating reflected in the musical performances and the music itself. Therein lay the exceptional power of the whole piece. Visual and catchy compositions formed the basis for the imaginatively told story. Stage director Annechien Koerselman and the musicians have made a striking selection.
That behind the precise well thought-out movements, the mime and acting as well as the virtuoso musical way of playing an enormous mental effort is hiding was never notable in the way the musicians were making music. Among other things, this exactly shows the mastery of the "Sonus Brass Ensemble".
The stage director Annechien Koerselman, who has developed the idea and the concept for this piece as well, translated it into coherent balanced scenes. Bravely she first gradually built the suspense, in this way she raised the expectations on what was ahead of us and the resulting joy about what then dynamically occurred.

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Music theater around the music of the Roaring Twenties

Just imagine that you could travel back in time! To Paris, to the exciting time around 1920. When the cinema was invented, aircrafts ascended for the first time and creative ideas floated around like leaves in autumn. When artists from all around the world gathered in this romantic and bustling cosmopolitan city and created their finest works. Just imagine that you could mingle amongst them! The three music-making friends - an inventor, a writer and a painter - can't let go of this wishful dream. Just imagine that thanks to the time machine of the inventor they could get their hands on the long-lost composition of a world-famous Parisian composer... !

PAR!S! PAR!S! is an inspiring musictheatrical journey full of events. With the support of the audience not only the time machine will be musically operated, but also the unforgettable atmosphere that prevailed in Paris at the beginning of the last century will be brought back to life. The fascinating music of Erik Satie, Bela Bartok, Bohuslav Martinů and many others as well as the humorous play immerses the audience in this captivating time. Secretly, one hopes that it will never end!

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Reviews

Kulturzeitschrift, Silvia Thurner, June 24, 2019

Martin Deuring, Stefan Dünser, Martin Schelling and Goran Kovacevic took the listeners in the Seestudio of the Festspielhaus with an imaginative and humorous told journey back in time, in search of on a napkin written melody. At the highest level the Schurken both played dramatic and made music in the clever story told by Annechien Koerselman. The ease of the performances made it quite easy to forget what differentiated and sophisticated music held the work as a whole together.
Annechien Koerselman has written a humorous story, in which the artistic charm in Paris during the 1920s manifest itself perfectly. The musicians yearned back in earlier times. Without further hesitation they launched their time machine, which transports them back to this time and facilitates an encounter with Erik Satie himself. After a stopover in 1938, the musicians returned to the present. In between we are treated to tense conflicts of interest, humorous stories, and even two moments of fainting.
Also dramatically "Paris! Paris!" was well constructed. In between, the musicians invited the audience to participate with sounds and body percussion to time travel. So the ticking of the clock, the targeting of the spot and the noises of the different means of transportation provided a lot of variety.
With „Paris! Paris!“ in the stage direction by Annechien Koerselman and the design by Nina Ball the Schurken achieved fascinating music theatre, home to an extensive content.

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Vorarlberger Nachrichten, Christa Dietrich, June 23, 2019

Basel (CH), November 14, 2018

Once again, thank you for this wonderful "Paris! Paris "- performance at the Tinguely Museum in Basel! You have such a freshness, so much joy together on stage, so much beauty in your ensemble sound! And actually, this production is meant for all ages: For children it is funny, heavenly and so very much alive; for professional musicians your music is full of clever moments and inside jokes and great interaction! (I have not the right word ...) My face hurt from smiling ... When I came home on Wednesday night I could only speak of your performance! It was just great. All musicians should see you!

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Premiere February 16, 2020, Batavierhuis, Rotterdam (NE)

 

Is jazz music too? The response from Eve Gauthier, on who fictitiously the spotlights will shine in the theatrical concert by Duo IJlstra-García, would have been a resounding "yes". But not everyone agreed with her, as was revealed on November 1, 1923 when she presented her concert "Recital of Ancient and Modern Music for Voice". In that infamous concert she combined classical repertoire with contemporary jazz compositions by a.o. George Gershwin. The musical establishment was in an uproar over this. Jazzmusic was suitable for dancing, but not to be presented in a concert. That was 1923. But what is our opinion about this in the year 2020? Duo IJlstra García starts a musicaltheatrical research.

In the theatrical concert Is Jazz music too? the duo combines the diverse repertoire which was introduced by that Eve Gauthier with imaginary letters written by playwirght Corinne Heyrman. Stage director Annechien Koerselman then forges it all into a tasteful whole, letting Femke IJlstra and Celia García-García sometimes play the role of Eva Gauthier sometimes of the famous composers Ravel, Gershwin and Stravinksy. Three men who flew off like bees to the High Priestress of the Modern Song. In line with Eve Gauthier this concert different than other. No chat to music. But one in which the audience is automatically led back into the world of the past, which resembles suspiciously the world of today.

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It is winter. Hibernum, the Snow God makes a big storm. Wanja, living on the edge of the forest, decides to hit the sack early. But just as he is meeting dreamland, there is a loud knock on the door. It is a hare, frozen to the bone, which seeks shelter in this icy winter night. Not much later, a fox and finally a bear ask for help as welll. And although the natural enemies fear each other, they must promise Vanya to keep the peace under his roof that night. Will the three wild animals succeed?

Who's that knocking at my door? is a free musical theatrical stage adaptation of the eponymous famous German picture book, written by Tilde Michels. Annechien has excitingly intersected the libretto with the idiosyncratic repertoire of the Tonkuenstler Vieanna's Trombone and Marimba ensemble.

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HOT Orgel Bigband

Premiere September 2019, Philharmony Harlem (NE)

HOT & Brass put early and late compositions of Duke Ellington into the perspective of a mini organ bigband Jazz on the organ in the church: the men from HOT The Organ Trio prove again and again that it is possible! In their newest project they jump on the big band repertoire of jazz icon Duke Ellington. Organist Berry van Berkum, clarinettist Steven Kamperman and bassist Dion Nijland welcome in this project the sparkle of young trumpet talent Ruben van Drenth and the glowing improvisations of trombonist and Ellington connoisseur par excellence Joost Buis. With extra trumpet and trombone, HOT produces surprising and overwhelming orchestral sounds.

In Reflections of Duke HOT makes a striking repertoire choice by focusing only on Ellington’s early work (before 1930) and his late work (after 1965). Swing pieces like Jubilee Stomp and Rockin ’in Rhythm accompany thoughtful gems such as Come Sunday and Heaven (from his Sacred Concerts). And HOT wouldn’t be HOT without putting the old arrangements in a contemporary perspective. The pieces are taken apart, adapted to the space and reassembled. In addition, the musicians sometimes even run through the space of the church in search of its optimal acoustic and theatrical qualities.

In Reflections of Duke, the old master composer looks back on his young years, and his sounds are still as fresh as ever.

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On September 12, 2020 Steven Kamperman and his ensemble HOT (& Brass) launched a CD registration of Reflections of Duke. Jazz featuring a churchorgan? HOT proves again and again that it is possible! After their album debut Bird & Beyond, decomposing the works of Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker, HOT this time embraces the big band repertoire of jazz icon Duke Ellington. The CD is available at Zennez Records.

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