International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht 2022

Aan de BruidI had to wait for two seasons, and each time corona was the game-breaker. But now it is finally going to happen! At the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht, Camerata Trajectina will play my song cycle Aan de Bruid on poems by Ingmar Heytze on 30 December at 17.00.


With this programme, Camerata pays tribute to the city of Utrecht and its history in music and poetry. This ranges from Leonardus Gouwerack’s Het Zangprieeltjen from 1646 to Utrecht voor Beginners en Gevorderden from 2015 by Ingmar Heytze, who will also be reciting his own verses. A Utrecht programme full of love and disappointment, hope and despair, from the 17th century to the present under the motto The Sound of the City.

Internationaal Kamermuziek Festival - Camerata TrajectinaTogether with former city poet Ingmar Heytze, Camerata Trajectina performs the most beautiful, funny and moving songs from these old and new collections. The city is the scene and plays a prominent role in the flaming passion, dark despair, fledgling uncertainty and bitter disappointment aroused by the Utrecht ‘beauties’.

My To the Bride uses five poems by Ingmar Heytze from his collection of the same name. A small anthology of unfulfilled loves in as many musical idioms.
The music was written for the anniversary of the Kromme Rijn Concerts in 2016, then for a line-up of mezzo-soprano, clarinet, violin, viola and cello. In collaboration with Camerata, it has now been arranged for Baroque instruments: harp, lute, viola da gamba, recorder. The modern equal temperament has been changed to 17th-century meantone tuning.

I look forward to hearing my songs in such a unique program, in the presence of Ingmar and played by Camerata on their beautiful historical instruments!

Friday 30 December 17.00
TivoliVredenburg, Hertzzaal
Camerata Trajectina with tenor Nico van der Meel and poet Ingmar Heytze (recitation)
The Sound of the City
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TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht