Collegium Musicum’s symphony orchestra works on at least two major projects each year – one in autumn and one in spring – and each project ends with two concerts. With a varied repertoire, performances may feature different musical styles from baroque to modern and anything in between. For instance, in recent years we have played the Enigma variations by Elgar, but also Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony, and An American in Paris by Gershwin. You can find more projects here. Usually a project consists of a large symphonic work for orchestra and a piece where we are accompanied by the main choir.
The orchestra is is currently conducted by the much beloved Jeppe Moulijn. Thanks to his ambition and dedication, we can put on fantastic concerts each semester!
For our upcoimg concerts in June we are currently working on Brahms 2nd symfonie, Jesu meine Freude by Bach and Te Deum by Dvorak.
In the fall we will play Ode to Death by Holst, Death on the Hills by Elgar, Danse Macabre by Saint-Saëns, Isle of the Dead by Rachmaninov and Towards the Unknown Region by Vaughan Williams. For summer 2024 there is Rakastava by Sibelius, Søvnen by Nielsen, Symfonie no. 6 by Sibelius en parts from ‘Peer Gynt’ by Grieg on the programme. For our concert tour in the spring the programme is not definite yet. If you would also like to join us in for this amazing project, send an email to [email protected] to join the orchestra, or to [email protected] to join the choir!
The orchestra rehearses every Monday evening from 19:30 to 22:30. The rehearsals are in the Lipsius building of Leiden University, in room 2.34. You can find us via the contact page. In addition to the normal rehearsals, there is a rehearsal weekend every semester which will occasionally take place at an external location and offer the members to relax with some fun activities in the evening.