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Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival’s Educational Project in memory of Jeanne van Dijk- Koning.

This year’s education project is in memory of the president and founder of our long-time funder, the Rudi Martinus van Dijk Foundation, Jeanne van Dijk-Koning who lived for many years in Peasmarsh and then in Rye, and who sadly passed away earlier this year.

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Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival Education Report 2023

The Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival was delighted to once again return to their five partner
primary schools to offer a series of music workshops in the summer of 2023, focusing on
composition and songwriting funded by the Rudi Martinus van Dijk Foundation.

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Raphael Wallfisch, Ed Spanjaard and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra recording Bosmans’ works for cello

In February, the famous cellist Raphael Wallfisch and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, with Ed Spanjaard will make a recording of all works for cello by Henriëtte Bosmans.

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Tribute to Jeanne Elisabeth Anna van Dijk - Koning (1930-2024), President and Founder - March 2nd, 2024

“Let us close our eyes to focus our minds on the inner light, our common light, in whose brightness we shall be able to walk together in the dark.
Let us close our eyes as a gesture of trust in the guidance of the one Spirit who will move us if we open our hearts.
One is the human spirit, but the human spirit is more than human because the human heart is unfathomable.
Into this depth let us silently sink our roots. There lies our only source of peace.”

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Announcement: The passing of Founder and President Jeanne van Dijk on February 3rd, 2024

It is with great sadness to report that the widow of Rudi Martinus van Dijk as well as the Founder and President of the Rudi Martinus Van Dijk Foundation passed away on February 3, 2024.

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Funding request from the Rotterdam Philharmonic to commission Dutch composer Carlijn Metselaar a 10 minute orchestral work

We are pleased to announce the boards decision to fund the commission of a new 10 minute orchestral work by the young Dutch composer Carlijn Metselaar

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The Legacy of Augusta van de Leuv

It is with great sadness and regret to announce the passing of former board member Augusta van de Leuv.

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Brazilian violinist Gustavo Lennertz supported with his musical studies in Vienna

Thanks to American violist Jennifer Stumm/ Director of the Ilumina Festival founded in São Paulo in 2015 which began as a small musical “talent development” project on a farm that has now grown in six years to include hundreds of young musicians from South America, we came to learn of the young and talented Brazilian violinist Gustavo Lennertz who is currently studying at the Neues Wiener Konservatorium in Vienna.

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Forbidden Music Regained - Stichting RMVD support the publishing of Dutch composer Henriëtte Bosmans

We are delighted to announce the Board’s decision to support the publishing of the remaining works of Dutch composer Henriëtte Bosmans, thanks to the Leo Smit Foundation’s Forbidden Music Regained project.

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New Board Member, Dutch Violinist Liza Ferschtman Announcement

We are delighted to announce the appointment of the celebrated Dutch Violinist Liza Ferschtman who will join the board from April 2023. Liza Ferschtman is known for her passionate performances, interesting programs and communicative qualities on stage.

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Iraq and Syrian Scholarship Recipients 2016

Kurdish Iranian Chia S. Ahmed was accepted for study for double bass and cello at Conservatorio di Musica “Giuseppe Tartini” in Trieste, Italy at the Bachelor level. In the Netherlands two Syrians with refugee status, Karoen Bagbodarian cellist and Rani Eias solo cornet /trumpet player entered Master Degree Studies at Hanzehogeschool, Prins Claus Conservatorium in Groningen, NL.

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Anthony Marwood's Tour of The Netherlands Includes Dutch Composer Joey Roukens VISIONS AT SEA (version for string orchestra, world première)

February 10-18 : Anthony Marwood tours the Netherlands as soloist/director with Amsterdam Sinfoneietta. The schedule includes 10th Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ Amsterdam; 12th Breda; 14th Arnhem; 16th Enschede; 17th Leiden; 18th Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

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PEASMARSH CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 22-25 JUNE 2017

Your very generous donation…arrived with our Bank 16 January. Thank you very much.

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"UPBEAT : The Story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq" by Paul MacAlindin

“To the brave young musicians of Iraq” Paul MacAlindin’s heartfelt dedication in his recently published case history and personal journey from 2009-2014 in “UPBEAT: The Story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq.”

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Elaine Gould's Composition Books Sent to Iraqi Students

Composition Books sent to Iraq

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Interview : Ksenia Berezina tells us,"In a sense, my violin career started because my mother did not have a babysitter."

Ksenia was born in Russia. She says, “During my childhood at the Moscow central school and the Moscow conservatory, I thought that my musical life would focus entirely on solo and chamber music, but…

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Interview : David Juritz says “I will get back far more in return!"

David Juritz was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He moved to Great Britain in the seventies to study at the Royal College of Music and since then has forged a successful international career in music. He founded Musequality to support musically gifted children in developing countries.

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Interview: Composer Kate Moore “...my way of telling stories”

Kate Moore is a composer of new music born in the UK, brought up in Australia, whose mother is Dutch. Kate obtained her masters degree at the Royal Conservatorium in Den Haag and has lived in The Netherlands for ten years.

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Music Makers Going to Iraq

Two eminent Dutch composers and five equally eminent musicians from Russia, Poland, UK, South Africa and Romania are going to the Rudi Martinus van Dijk Composition Workshop in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq this August.

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National Youth Orchestra of Iraq

On July 19th, Hellgurd Ahmed a violinist from the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq contacted us. He asked if we would be interested in helping support them in an upcoming tour to the USA.

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Charlotte (Lotte) Lichtblau

We are saddened to learn of the death of our first and beloved benefactor, renowned painter Charlotte (Lotte) Lichtblau.