Simon Murphy and The Hague's Baroque orchestra, The New Dutch Academy (NDA), will make their début at the Sydney Festival this January.
Murphy will direct his acclaimed, hand-crafted concert programme Bach and his Dutch Contemporaries, featuring music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, De Fesch, Schickhardt and Van Wassenaer, and starring German soprano Gudrun Sidonie Otto in the solo role.
The programme is now in its 10th year of international success. Since 2006 Murphy has performed various versions of the programme on the European festival circuit, including at the prestigious Bachfest Leipzig, as well as taking it on tour to Canada, the US, Australia and China. Recently he performed it in sold-out performances at the 43rd Istanbul Music Festival and in Hong Kong for PPHK. In 2013, at home in The Hague, Murphy and the NDA performed a very special version of the programme for the Dutch royal family and guests.
In co-operation with the Dutch Embassy, the NDA's 2016 Sydney Festival performance will, simultaneously, officially open the Dirk Hartog Year, the bilateral celebrations in 2016 of the 400 (+) years of contact between the Netherlands and Australia. Murphy is highly experienced as a cultural diplomacy curator. At the request of the Dutch government, Murphy has programmed and performed the music component of major bilateral celebrations, including in Rome (2004), Sydney (2006), New York (2009) and Beijing (2012).
See the Sydney Festival listing for the performance on 17 January at Sydney's City Recital Hall
See the Dutch Embassy's Dirk Hartog Year website