The second of the Spring Festival Countdown Blogs! (view the first Countdown blog here) With less than three weeks to go, I thought it would be good to tell you a brief history of the Spring Festival.
In 1966, Dick Raaijmakers organised a series of events named ‘Rehearings’. The idea behind these was to show the composition students pieces he thought that they should know.
The following year, these such events were called ‘Herearings’, and the year after that they were named, ‘Reherearings’.
In 1969, the name development stopped and they were renamed the ‘May and October Concerts’, which gradually evolved into the May Festival (the October concerts were dropped).
Although the festival was initially in May, it was later moved to April, so to make things clearer the festival was renamed to the Spring Festival.
For this year’s festival there is a concert Rerehearings, which is on the 11th of April in the Arnold Schoenbergzaal, Royal Conservatoire from 15:00, more information can be found here.
Blog by: Patrick Ellis