Nativity Play

Nieuw Vocaal Amsterdam + Holland Baroque
Tue 24 Dec 2024 13:30 - 15:00
Tue 24 Dec 2024
13:30 - 15:00
  • Tue 24 Dec 2024
    13:30 - 15:00
    Excl. drankje
    Grote Zaal


Ancient Christmas music, from the Middle Ages to the Baroque era


Nieuw Vocaal Amsterdam
Nieuw Amsterdams Kinderkoor
Nieuw Amsterdams Jeugdkoor
Nieuw Amsterdams Jongenskoor

Holland Baroque 
Leonard Evers conductor
Dieuwertje Blok narrator
Caro Kindt / Anne Slothouwer direction
Hetty Kleinloog text
Neela Paulussen costumes
Tjallien Walma van der Molen stage and light design

Heart-warming and theatrical 

‘Christmas concerts are rarely more heart-warming than this’ wrote NRC in a 5-star review of the very first Nativity Play. It has since become a tradition in the Muziekgebouw, this family performance by all 350 students of the classical voice training school Nieuw Vocaal Amsterdam. The children and youngsters perform with Holland Baroque and conductor Leonard Evers. Actress Dieuwertje Blok plays the role of Mary who, in her old age, looks back on these important days in her life.||

At the musical heart of Nativity Play are baroque pioneer Ton Koopman’s beautiful arrangements of carols such as Nu syt wellecome and Wij komen van Oosten. The Netherlands and other north-western European countries have a very distinct repertoire of Christmas and Advent songs, some of which date back to the Middle Ages. Although banned during the Reformation, they survived the historical storms thanks to their artistic power and strong melodies. They can now be heard in this delightful theatrical concert, based on a concept by Caro Kindt.

Attention: Dutch spoken