One Minute Symphony

Young composers write a one-minute symphony

A most talked about initiative by the Residentie Orkest and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague is the One Minute Symphony, which will be played at the beginning of Symphonic Friday. For this project, composition students from the Royal Conservatoire have taken to the streets to make contact with someone living in one of the neighbourhoods of The Hague. From that encounter a one minute symphony was born, which premiered a few weeks later. It’s is the personal story of a Hague resident turned into music. This only is possible with the Residentie Orkest.

This fantastic project is made possible by the
Friends Association of the Residentie Orkest.

Listen to all the compositions of this season

Chief Conductor Nicholas Collon about One Minute Symphony

‘It is fascinating how much music you can put in one minute. It may seem short for an orchestra, but realize that most Beatle songs are only two or three minutes long! It’s also a lot of fun to meet composers at the start of their career, and see how they interact with an orchestra of more than eighty musicians – a big challenge. We gladly give the composers the opportunity to change their composition or contribute suggestions – it’s a two-way process.’