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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s very own premises now under construction

29 September 2017

Orchestral musicians, staff and visitors together under one roof

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is getting its very own premises: RCO House (working title). The property located at Gabriël Metsustraat 16, Amsterdam, promises to be an attractive place both to work and to socialise. Its amenities will include urgently needed rehearsal studios for members of the orchestra, meeting rooms and offices for staff. It will also feature an ensemble space where small concerts can be given and where the orchestra can make its education and talent development objectives a reality.

On the basis of a design by Team V Architecture, contractor Koninklijke Woudenberg is working to make RCO House fit for purpose.

It has been the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s long-cherished dream to have its own base at Museumplein where orchestral musicians, staff and members of the public can all come together. In 2016, the orchestra was fortunate enough to acquire this former school building, designed by H.P. Berlage.

At the moment, the orchestra’s management and staff continue to work from separate premises in Jacob Obrechtstraat, a building which they have long outgrown. RCO musicians currently have no choice but to rehearse at home, and space has to be booked elsewhere for ensemble rehearsals. RCO House allows the orchestra and staff to come together under one roof, where the musicians can make use of rehearsal studios and where receptions can be held for audience members, partners and friends. The location is ideal, easily accessible – right in the cultural heart of Amsterdam and only a stone’s throw from the Concertgebouw – and facing the city.

The total project costs € 12.5 million; a major campaign has been launched to raise € 10 million. Thanks to the generous support of numerous donors, € 6.1 million of that amount has so far been pledged.

The orchestra hopes to be able to move into the building at the end of 2018, around the celebration of its 130th anniversary. RCO House will ensure that the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is ready for the future.


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