Grachtenfestival: Pitches

Yearly, the Grachtenfestival organizes Pitches during the Grachtenfestival Weekend. Conservatory students are able to submit and present their pitches in the categories theme of the next festival edition, classical from allover the globe, cross over and a specific target audience.

Het Grachtenfestival © Melle Meivogel

Want to win a concert at the Grachtenfestival? During the Grachtenfestival Weekend, several ensembles and musicians battle within four categories for winning. The ones with the best idea and performance convince the four-member jury and win a concert at the next festival edition.

The lucky winners were awarded prizes at the end of the afternoon: ensemble Nachtlicht convinced the jury with a wonderful mix of classical, jazz and music from various Asian countries and won the prize for "classical from all continents". This ensemble also received the OorkaanPrijs, the prize for the pitch with the most promising stage presentation. Nachtlicht won a three-day master class in the unique Oorkaan method; workshops in making theatrical concerts. Recorder player and maker Emily Bannister won the award in the "crossover" category. With contemporary and early music, she wants to tell a story about the power of women. YenTing Lo received the prize for the theme "Wonder". Together with the band and the Cheng Quartet, she combines the wonder of nature with music.

The jury consisted of Ab Nieuwdorp artistic advisor Grachtenfestival, presenter Radio4, Caecilia Thunnissen, artistic director Oorkaan and Lestari Scholtes, programmer Grachtenfestival.

All winners can be admired during the Grachtenfestival this summer.