International Chamber Music Festival The Hague 2015

With lots of fun and pride we look back at the 12th edition of the festival. They were five days flooded with inspiration and enthousiasm! We want to thank everyone that worked very hard to make Water Music possible and unforgettable: the audience, musicians, volunteers, friends, ambassadors, sponsors and partners!


Mesdag Concert


Photo: Joris Jan Bos


Where there is water, there is life. A vast amount of composers have been inspired by water. In 2015 this was the source of inspiration for the Festival: a programme with obvious but also very sursprising interpretations of water.

Again in 2015 there were several scoops. The fenomonal British Trio Apaches performed the Dutch première of a unique arrangement of Debussy’s La Mer – according to Eva Stegeman the most beautiful ode ever written to the sea. In the context of the 'Year of Mesdag' a special Mesdag-concert took place in the Nieuwe Kerk with the worldpremière of The Sea by Leo Samama.


LourdesKerk Scheveningen,

Den Haag


On Saturday eveningg and night the Sleepover-concert in the Lourdeskerk topt the festival fenomonally. After the theatrical surprise concert H2O-suprise, with music ranging from Bach to Steve Reich, and Vivaldi Rocks, the audience could doze of lying on matrasses listening to calming pieces such as Vivaldi’s La Notte, Borodins Notturno and different sounds of water.

The musiciand prowled through the room on their socks and only stopped playing when everybody was sleeping. In the morning the adventurous audience was woken up with follia's from the Renaissance and other sweet sounds. After a breakfast with the musicians everyone could start the last festival day fresh and inspired.