Zondag 10 oktober 16.30-18.00
Wilhelminaplein Leeuwarden

Marine Band

The closing concert with The Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy promises to be a spectacle with no less than three world premieres. Guest programmer Johan de Meij is, as composer and arranger, central to this concert. He wrote the overture ROTTERDAM 1945 for the 75th anniversary of the Marine Band, and the concerto grosso Un Moment Dado for reed quintet Calefax. The concert will be concluded with a new adaptation of the thrilling ballet Romeo & Juliet by Sergei Prokofieff.


As a military orchestra, Marinierskapel musically represents the Royal House and the Dutch Armed Forces. This is the main task of the orchestra. Examples include the supervision of military and state ceremonials and performances for veterans: such as the annual Veterans Days, Prinsjesdag, the National Tattoo and the Princess of Orange Concert.

In its more than 75 years’ existence, the orchestra has often shown itself ’As wide as the world stretches’, as encapsulated in the motto of the Marine Corps. Conservatories also like to call on the high-quality artistic and technical skills of the professional musicians during masterclasses and exams.


Marine Band
Programmer: Johan de Meij

Rotterdam 1945 (Overture) – Johan de Meij (World Premiere)

There comes Everybody – Anthony Fiumara (World Premiere)

Un Momento Dado

Homenaje and Memoria de Johan Cruijff (1947-2016) – Johan de Meij

(for reed quintet & wind orchestra)

Soloists: Calefax Reed Quintet

Equus – Eric Whitacre

Romeo & Juliet – Part III Sergei Prokofieff/Arr. Johan de Meij (World Premiere)

  1. Public Merrymaking [Act II, No. 30]
  2. Further public festivities [Act II, No. 31]

III. Meeting of Tybalt and Mercutio [Act II, No. 32]

  1. The Duel [Act II, No. 33]
  2. The Death of Mercutio [Act II, No. 34]
  3. Romeo decides to avenge Mercutio [Act II, No. 35]

VII. Finale: Cortège with Tybalt’s Body [Act II, No. 36]

Encore: Waltz No. 2 – Shostakovich / Arr. Johan de Meij

Including ‘Un momento dado’ by composer Johan de Meij, together with the Calefax formation; the formation of five reed players.


Date, time and location

Date: Sunday 10th October
Start time : 16.30 -18.00
Location: Wilhelminaplein Leeuwarden

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