This international chamber music festival, the oldest and largest in the Netherlands, is open to music lovers of all ages, amateurs and professionals. The heart of the festival lies in the former Abbey Rolduc in Kerkade, in the south of the Netherlands. This is where several festival activities take place, such as the music lessons, master classes, workshops and concerts. The special formula of the festival – the high quality of the international ensembles and musicians, the beautiful festival location, the surprising music program and the high accessibility of the festival for (amateur) musicians and visitors of all ages – makes the Orlando Festival one of a kind and appealing for many people. All concerts are performed by international chamber musicians and upcoming young talent.
The Orlando Festival is the oldest chamber music festival in the Netherlands and has been an important contributor to the development and promotion of chamber music in the Netherlands since 1982. The festival was founded by Stefan Metz, cellist of the Orlando Quartet. Since then the Orlando Festival has built a great international reputation and has a unique position as the only large chamber music festival in the south-east Netherlands. Varying groups of chamber musicians and a broad audience are brought together in a welcoming festival atmosphere.
The mission of the Orlando Festival is to promote chamber music in the broadest sense of the word. In the summer the Orlando Festival and the European Summer Course take place; in the winter the Orlando Ensemble Course is organized for local amateurs.
The festival has a great variety in visitors and participants: amateur musicians from all levels of proficiency and of all ages, students, professional chamber music ensembles, professional chamber musicians, coaches and visitors. The concerts, master classes and workshops attract an audience the Netherlands and Europe.
The Orlando Festival contributes greatly to the musical field in the Netherlands by way of talent development, amateur ensemble playing and chamber music in general.
The main festival location, Rolduc Abbey in Kerkrade, is perfectly suited for the festival. Not only its surroundings and geographical setting (being close to the border of Germany as well as Belgium), it is the ancient abbey walls and gardens that make this a truly inspiring place to be. Rolduc has over 150 hotel rooms, more than 30 rehearsal spaces and 2 concert venues.
(National) Radio stations broadcast the concerts of the festival on Dutch Radio (live) from Rolduc and other venues.
Students and amateur ensembles can enlist in the festival to participate. They receive lessons from the Orlando musicians and have an opportunity to perform.
The Orlando Festival is also a wonderful music holiday for all those who love chamber music.
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Visit the festival for one day of book several days.