Ricciotti ensemble delighted with the grant of the Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie (FCP) and the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst (AFK)
Both the AFK and the FCP have fully approved our application for the period 2021-2024 and are continuing their multi-year support. We thank both funds for the trust in us and support for our path. We are proud that the Ricciotti ensemble, with its rich performance practice, is still of great significance to society 50 years after its foundation. With this grant, we face a continuing solid base for playing everywhere and for everyone, together with our great orchestra members and with the support of our loyal Groupies.
The FCP: “With its unique working method, the Ricciotti has its own signature in terms of presentation and reaching its audience. The ensemble sees music not merely as performing compositions for an audience, but has a vision of music as a fraternizing way of communication. In line with this, the Ricciotti develops the orchestra members into socially involved musicians who use music for a greater purpose. The ensemble involves the audience in its own way”.
“In addition, the Ricciotti actively stimulates the dynamics between amateur musicians, conservatory students and professionals, resulting in interesting and valuable exchanges. Ricciotti distinguishes itself within both the music sector and chain of talent development.”
The AFK: “'The committee believes that Ricciotti, as the only street symphony orchestra in the Netherlands, shows a strong artistic uniqueness characterized by musical all-roundness, an adventurous program, playing at locations where practically no other orchestra comes and a strong social commitment. ” The AFK appreciates that we “always pave new ways in a guerrilla kind of style and teach our young orchestra members that there are alternative ways to reach a wide audience”.
Furthermore, the AFK writes that we stand out “as an organization that knows how to involve residents in our activities in a catchy and effective way”. The committee is also positive about our composition policy, whereby young composers and arrangers are given the opportunity to develop their music and with which we promote that classical music is alive and kicking. Finally, we are very pleased that the AFK has appointed our vision and pilots in the field of diversity & inclusion as relevant, positive and "appropriate to the artistic past and the current spirit of the times".
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