Musical Pearls from The Court of Orange in The Hague

Performed and presented by Simon Murphy together with members of the New Dutch Academy

Pre-concert talk moderated by Aura Music's Kilian Chan and Ponte Orchestra's Stephen Lam

Post-concert Q&A 

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In a special co-operation between Dutch Days in Hong Kong, The Hague's Baroque orchestra The New Dutch Academy (NDA), and the Dutch Council of State, the NDA's music director Simon Murphy presents an intimate, live digital programme of chamber music by composers working at the Court of Orange in The Hague in the 18th century. Performed in one of the original 18th century locations where members of the House of Orange welcomed musical visitors to the court, including Beethoven, Murphy and his colleagues present a selection of their favourite musical discoveries.

Violin I Emma Williams 

Violin II Angieszka Papierska

Viola Simon Murphy

Cello Aleksandra Renska

20 May 2021

8pm HKT 
2pm NL Time


Simon Murphy
The New Dutch Academy

Kilian Chan
Aura Music

Stephen Lam
Ponte Orchestra 


Carl Friedrich Abel (1723 – 1787)

String Quartet in E flat, Opus 8 no 3


Carl Stamitz (1745 – 1801)

Andante non troppo moderato from String Quartet, Opus 22 no 1


Christian Ernst Graaf (1723 – 1804)

Adagio from String Quartet no 3  


Joseph Schmitt (1734 – 1791)

Allegro from String Quartet in F, Opus 5 no 1

About Simon Murphy

Simon Murphy is an award-winning orchestral conductor and violist with a special focus on music of the 18th and early 19th centuries. He is the founding music director of The Hague’s Baroque orchestra, The New Dutch Academy (NDA).


Performing at the world’s most renowned concert halls and festivals, Murphy has attracted praise from the international media, as well as major industry awards, including the Netherlands’ Edison Music Award, for his fresh and engaging musical approach. Dutch Radio 4 nicknamed him “The Indiana Jones of the Baroque”, while France’s music magazine Diapason reported, “The repertoire-refresher, conductor Simon Murphy radiates joie de vivre. His interpretation distinguishes itself by its enthusiasm and his approach possesses a classic élan, displaying delicate sensitivity.”

Launched at The Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Murphy’s most recent album, JET SET!, sees him in the double role of conductor and soloist in Zelter’s Viola Concerto in E-flat, with Australia’s Limelight Magazine describing the album as “an imaginatively conceived and beautifully executed project”, the UK’s Gramophone singling out Murphy’s violism in the concerto as a “real highlight”, and the Netherlands’ Luister appraising the project as “sparkling and brilliant … an expressive, adventurous, refined and irrefutably radiant recording which succeeds in illuminating 18th-century music from a different point of view.”


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About The New Dutch Academy

The New Dutch Academy (NDA) is an international award-winning orchestra based in the Hague. Using exclusively authentic instruments, the NDA is known for its fresh, engaging and dynamic performance style. The NDA’s groundbreaking programming of classic as well as newly re-discovered 18th century masterworks offers new, inspiring insights into the music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and their contemporaries.


The conductor and Artistic Director of the NDA is the Australian/Dutch conductor and viola player Simon Murphy.

About Kilian Chan

Kilian founded Aura Music in 2019 to promote multidisciplinary education in young people through music appreciation. Kilian is an amateur cellist with great passion for performing arts. He is a wealth manager by profession.

About Aura Music

Aura Music is a registered charitable organization dedicated to promoting education through music. We create musical experiences that help young people to discover the joy of music. We are committed to developing our audience’s capacity to appreciate the depth of meaning in compositions and performances. We encourage our audience to engage with the contexts of musical works from multidisciplinary perspectives. Our ultimate goal is to arouse curiosity and connect people through music.

About Stephen Lam 

Lam is a prevalent young conductor in recent years. Lately, he became an apprentice of Riccardo Muti and participated in opera composition at the Italian Opera Academy. Master conductors, Zubin Mehta and Christoph Eschenbach complimented Lam for his performance. Adam Rozlach, a Polish music critic, described Lam as a “True musician without any doubts.”


Lam is now the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Ponte Orchestra and Singers, one of Hong Kong’s best orchestras. He is also the Permanent Conductor of the Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra.

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About Ponte Orchestra

Under the leadership of its Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Stephen Lam, Ponte has made a pioneering approach to playing the role as a modern-day symphony orchestra and chorus. It strikes the highest possible standard for excellence in musical performance at home and in the area; enriches and shapes cultural life through a wide spectrum of program in local communities and in South-east Asia, reaching new audiences and participants through multi-media performances, audience development and educational programmes. Based in Hong Kong, Ponte engages with a world-wide audience through its tour performances and online broadcasting.