Under the direction of the soprano Johannette Zomer, the Tulipa Consort takes the stage in various combinations.
The name of the ensemble, whose musical specialisation is repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries, is inspired by a historical event that took place in the Netherlands in the early 17th century, the so-called Tulip Mania. In the mid-16th century, the tulip found its way from Turkey via Vienna to Prague. From there, it came to the Low Countries, where it became a prized possession and later, in the 17th century, even an object of financial speculation. In February 1637 the price suddenly fell and the bubble burst.
The Tulipa Consort, founded in 2013, has performed at the Göttinger Handel Festspiele, at the Itineraire Baroque Festival in the Périgord, and in Amsterdam and Den Haag with Dutch oboist Bart Schneemann. This summer the Consort will be making its first cd-recording with sacred Vivaldi repertoire, and will be appearing at the festival of Saintes with a Bach programme featuring Antoine Torunczyk on oboe.
Johannette Zomer, soprano
Lidewij van der Voort, Annabel Ferdinand, Ryuoko Reid 1st viool
Marc Cooper, Franc Polman, Joseph Tan 2nd violin
Yoshiko Morita, John Ma viola
Robert Smith, cello
Maggie Urquhart, bass
Daniel Brüggen, Annelies Schraa, recorders
Michiel Niessen, theorbo & mandoline
Siebe Henstra, cembalo
Bart Naessens, organ