The cultural world is in the throes of a transition.
This prompts us to ask ourselves the fundamental question: should we just follow suit, or define the change? Are we in the carriage or do we hold the reins? Do we just look at the future or do we also help shape it?
We have resolutely chosen the second option!
We will strengthen our basic premise, our House of Music with concert series, projects for children and young talent, and projects with a social commitment. At the same time we also wish to reinterpret the concept of ‘orchestra’. We will maintain the traditional projects but will also add risky and visionary proposals in the framework of a completely new concept.
Our aim is to evolve into a music workshop where experiment in the broadest sense of the word, across all the art forms, is combined with the traditional practice so we can become a hotbed for emerging talent.
At the same time this house is also a place which welcomes cultural novices – people encountering classical music for the first time. In so doing, we respect the adage that everyone should have access to art and culture. Our identity is also defined by external influences, by the constant communication which we wish to achieve with the public. It’s up to us to identify with this influence, or oppose it, so we can truly become a part of society.
Our workshop is made up of a stable pool of about 35 musicians, which is expanded or reduced depending on the project. This allows us to share our experience and the museological context, but we are also happy to cross borders. The “’orchestra’ as an institution can no longer be an obstacle to creativity: at the heart of our activities is the artistic idea. The form around this idea can change and also enhances it. By breaking open the traditional orchestral structure we force ourselves to seek out new creative boundaries.
Our renewed mission statement requires a new framework and a name which accurately translates this new identity. All the ideas are incorporated in a rough, unfinished basic framework, before we polish and grind them down to unique entities.
We have found a magnificent structure in which we can do this.
We are like the shell (‘casco’ in Dutch) of a house, in which new and continuously changing projects can exist and develop. Our logo will also be a shell frame, which we (or you) can continuously reinterpret.
We are a Creative, Adventurous, Socially-committed, Cultural Organisation.
Welcome to Casco Phil.