The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra narrowly survived this year’s onslaught of government cuts. It was the band that launched Bernard Haitink’s career back in 1954 and he has decided to climb back on its masthead in a bid to secure its survival through the next few tough years. Good move, sir!
Hilversum, 20 December 2012
Bernard Haitink patron of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Celebration of 60-year career as a conductor with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014
The renowned conductor Bernard Haitink has accepted a position as patron offered to him by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. After the economic cut-backs were announced by the government in the autumn of 2010, Bernard Haitink worked to promote the ensembles of the Netherlands Broadcasting Music Centre (MCO) and specifically to ensure the survival of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. The current chief conductor of the orchestra, Markus Stenz, feels very honoured that Bernard Haitink has accepted the patronage, viewing it as recognition of the special position of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
Bernard Haitink started his impressive career in 1954 with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, conducting his first concert before an audience on 19 July of that year. Later (in 1957) he was appointed chief conductor of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
This means that in 2014 that particular concert will have taken place 60 years ago. Bernard Haitink and the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra will observe this special 60th anniversary in a way yet to be announced.