The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's public online concert archive, which was launched in December 2013, is now accessible in English.
Whereas originally its manual, search terms and buttons were only in Dutch, now anyone interested in the RCO's concert history may search the English language version of the online database at www.concertgebouworkest.nl/archive.
Which works did the Concertgebouw Orchestra perform on 6 May, 1959? In which venue? When did the orchestra perform Debussy's La mer for the first time? Who was the conductor? A few mouse clicks will yield the answer.
For many years, a team of orchestra employees and collaborators have researched the orchestra archives, unearthing and listing nearly all concerts given by the orchestra since it was founded in 1888. While the orchestra celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2013, this culminated in the publication of the RCO online archive. A public orchestra archive of this size is unique in the world.
For the time being, the work titles and the names of composers, conductors and soloists are still spelled in Dutch only. This is ussually sufficiently close to English, although there are exceptions. Entering 'Tchaikovsky', for instance, does not yield any results because in Dutch his name is spelled 'Tsjaikovski'.