Manoj Kamps conducts Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at Holland Festival on 18 June 2023. On the programme is William Basinski’s The Disintegration Loops which has become culturally associated with 9/11 commemoration. The ceremonial “performance” will be presented by the festival’s Associate Artist ANOHNI, and will serve as an opportunity for prayer and contemplation on lives lost during the Holocaust. For more information, click here.
A force of nature in the contemporary music world, Manoj returns to Dutch National Opera in 2023/24 as co-creator and conductor of the world premiere of Ellen Reid’s The Shell Trial. Commissioned by DNO and co-produced with Het Geluid (Maastricht), Opera Philadelphia and Bregenz Festival, the opera will feature Concertgebouw Orchestra players, Nieuw Amsterdams Children’s Chorus, as well as soprano Julia Bullock in the cast.
Other upcoming plans include two engagements with Rotterdam Philharmoinc, a return to Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for regional concerts in the UK, and an extensive European tour with the Orchestra of the 18th Century. Following Manoj’s successful debut with Philharmonia Orchestra in a Music of Today concert last season, they were swiftly invited to conduct a subscription concert with London Sinfonietta which took place in April 2023. The programme featured the world premiere of Anna Clyne’s Fractured Time and Steve Reich’s most recent major new work Reich/Richter, with glowing reviews:
“Reich’s mathematical rigour has the intensity of Bach, and produces – as so often in Bach – uplifting, joyously optimistic music, particularly in the opening and closing sections of Reich/Richter. Conductor Manoj Kamps was the cool head who kept it all together so triumphantly. – The Guardian, Stephen Pritchard ****
“True, the amplified sound couldn’t be called silky, but that did nothing to stem the stamina and co-ordination of the musicians and the conductor Manoj Kamps, effortlessly guiding a crack team through a score as unstoppable as Niagara Falls.” – The Times, Geoff Brown
Photo credit: Juri Hiensch