Dear cultural friend,

The arts sector in the Netherlands might be in a crisis, but I'm happy to say that I'm loving these busy times... so much work, so much fun, so much to do! One would almost forget to send the occasional update... 

To spare you from a ridiculously long text of all that has happened in 2012 already, allow me to entertain you with a recent highlight:

The first BRENDED film production Sonic Spaces has been wrapped and is available for you to watch (and listen!). 

The film is an artistic visual portrait of MVG on bass clarinet and electronics and has indirectly already won a prize, as a fragment of the music is by composer John Croft who won the Prix Ton Bruynèl 2012 with his piece Intermedio III for bass clarinet and live electronics. Intermedio III was written for MVG (Marij van Gorkom) and is part of her program SS:NNd (Sonic Spaces: New Netherlands). MVG has just been on tour in New Zealand with SS:NNd and is back in Europe now. The press release is available here.

I seriously hope you enjoy watching as much as we did making it and please don't hesitate to send your comments! 

With warmest wishes from Amsterdam,


CBO (Chief Brending Officer)

PS: if you are curious about some of the recent other activities, just look in the column on the right... I'm far too proud not to let you know about these things!



Nationale Reisopera: I've been asked to write a strategic marketing, sales and innovation plan for this well-known Dutch opera company, which needs to restructure after suffering severe subsidy cuts.

Conservatoires of Tilburg and Maastricht: Curious to have me as a teacher? Become a Master's student in Music at one of both music colleges and follow the module 'cultural entrepreneurship' in which you'll learn the basics of management for musicians and organize a festival in town.

New Arts Arnhem: Supporting this cultural company to improve their marketing efforts and artistic activities


The Royal Wind Music recently performed live on TV at the gala ceremony of the Edison Classic Awards as an homage to Frans Bruggen. 

MVG has just returned from a fascinating concert tour SS:NNd through New Zeeland. Read more about it on her website.


Radio: Brendan and Nikki were invited to make their first ever radio show during Festival Classique in The Hague. It will be available online soon!

Film: Check the Sonic Spaces teaser with MVG.

Talkshow: The format of the BRENDED Brunch talkshow has been translated for Musica Allegra to debate their transition from music school into cultural company.


Rabobank: Brendan was asked by Rabobank and the City of The Hague to be the presenting host of the Cultural Business Cases at The Hague's Entrepreneurs platform 2012

& Co

A big thank you to Justin Samgar, Annelies Lesuis, Nikki Mulder and Floris Kortie for participating very actively in the Brended Brunch Brainstorms! 



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