Singing along with ‘Somebody To Love’ in the Eindhoven Stadswandelpark | Eindhoven

EINDHOVEN – The repertoire of the British rock band Queen fits well with the qualities of the Philips Harmonie Orkest, as it turned out on Sunday afternoon.

The orchestra played in the Wim van Doorne Music Kiosk in Eindhoven together with the Belgian Queen tribute band Mother Mercury. All the big hits were sung along by an enthusiastic audience. I Want To Break Free, Radio Gaga, Somebody To Love and of course Bohemian Rhapsody.

Queen concert is still on the wish list

Marlies Kluiters and Hanze Bakker have been Queen fans from the very beginning. “Ever since our student days,” she says. They have never attended a concert of the band itself – even in the current composition. “That is still on our wish list.” Bakker is a singer and chairman of the Philips Philharmonic Choir, which regularly performs together with the wind orchestra. “I think it’s great that they dare to do this, together with a tribute band,” he says after the concert, which lasted more than an hour.

A convincing Freddie

The Wim van Doornekiosk provides a music performance every Sunday afternoon in May, June and September. Sometimes the music does not come into its own, the distance between the rows of seats and the large stage prevents contact between musicians and audience. That was not the case this time. Singer Sonny Vande Putte of Mother Mercury played the Queen fans with jokes and above all a convincing interpretation of the real Freddie Mercury. The small rain shower halfway through the concert didn’t bother anyone, only the raised umbrellas hindered the view of the stage from the rear seats.


It was impossible to rehearse together; only half an hour before the start of the concert they could get used to each other

The idea for the collaboration between the orchestra and the band came from Matty Cilissen, conductor of the Philips Harmonie Orkest. ,,I saw them perform in Ghent and I asked if they wanted to play together. Today was the premiere.” Cilissen sent his arrangements of the Queen hits to the band members, who started working on them. It was impossible to rehearse together; they were only able to get used to each other half an hour before the start of the concert. It turned out to be no barrier to an hour of Queen fun.

‘In this way we reach a different, younger audience’

Michael Penson plays the keys on Mother Mercury. “This tastes like more,” he says. “It takes us out of our comfort zone. Euphonium player Ruud Ritzen has enjoyed working with the band. “In this way we reach a different, younger audience with our orchestra. And Pierre Fransen of the Wim van Doorne Music Kiosk foundation is also satisfied. “We like to include this orchestra in our program every year. From next year every last Sunday of June.”

On Sunday 12 June it will be the turn of the Stratums Muziekkorps Sint Cecilia with the choir 4Tune Entertainment at 2.30 pm.

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