Yesterday we had our photo-shoot with the wonderful mister Van IJserloo, who was our photographer for the day. We all went to this lovely Steamtrain station in Goes where everything is old and vintage and so beautiful. We had a personal guide who gave us access to everything! Thank you Kees and Reinier.
We were able to get into every part of the lot; the platform, the pile of vintage suitcases, the wagons, the locomotives, the workshop, the repository, we even got to go onto the rails and in between the wagons. Of course we had to watch out not to damage our dresses, our beautiful new vintage dresses. We finally have our look complete, having purchased the last two dresses for Simone and Tsjalline. Making the picture perfect, setting the theme for our group; 1940′s–1950′s.
We don’t have all the pictures yet, but we want to share the ones we have. One of these will be on the poster for our Evening With The Roosettes, which will be ready soon.
On the Steamtrain’s lot there is an old building De Goederenloods, which is so beautifully decorated inside and out. Everything vintage, of course. While we were snapping our shots on the balcony there was a tango dance-class going on inside. We were asked to sing a song for the guests and so we did. We had an impromptu little concert and also got a cup of tea!
All in all it was a long and exhausting day (we also had a rehearsal when we got back to Middelburg), but the results are fabulous! And the people were so nice and helpful. And we generally had a great day being together and having fun. We hope to see all of you at our concert in HoneyPie on Sunday april 13th, where we hope so share with you our love for music and the vintage cuisine.
Guess what!? We have a very special evening coming up. Yes, yes, another Evening With The Roosettes. But this time a little different from the last one, which was in de Spot. This time we figured it would be nice to not only sing for our guests, but also serve them dinner!
And who better to help us with that than the lovely people from Honeypie! When we told them about the idea and asked them for their cooperation they were so nice and they agreed (OMG, can you believe it!) and now we can finally officially tell everyone:
Sunday april 13th we will throw our yearly Evening With The Roosettes at Honeypie!
When you come (which we assume ALL of you will), you will get a full concert from us and in the meantime you can enjoy a plate of good food. One simple dish inspired by the vintage cuisine of the 1950′s, mixed with our local tradition. And a piece of excellent Honeypie pie for dessert of course. And everything will be in a vintage theme.
Preparations are in full swing. There’s still a lot to take care of, but we love working on it and we will keep you updated on our progress through this website. If you want to stay informed, please subscribe to our blog or like us on Facebook. And if there are any questions don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d like to hear from you .
Well, see you there!
After a six week winterbreak we are back rehearsing again! The past semester Liesbeth was our “interim” conductor while Joanna was in Strassburg for school.
But now Joanna’s back and we are ready for another semester with a busy schedule and a lot on the program, of which we can’t tell you everything yet. One thing we CAN tell you is that there will be another Evening With The Roosettes!! Yay! It will be a very special event, we can pitch that, but the ins and outs aren’t set in stone yet. Of course we will let you know everything we do trough this blog. Not only for The Big Performance (as we call it among the group), but for all the other things we are planning to do as well.
First up is a performance on Valntines Day at out sponsor’s Flowershop In de Verbeelding (wijngaardstraat, Middelburg). We will be there at one o’clock. We hope you will be there too!
One of the songs we will be singing there is this:
We want to wish you all a very happy and successful new year filled with positive energy and lots of beautiful music! We also want to take this opportunity to look back on the past year and reminisce about the most wonderful things we did.
The year started with the graduation of three Roosettes: Rosanne, Muck and Zahra.
Joanna, Roos and Tabtiha formed the new board after Zarah and Elise. And Lonneke joined the group.
We had the honor of singing during old queens commissioner Karla Peijs’ goodbye party.
Also, this beautiful website was launched!
We were asked to sing at Prof. Dr. Rijkers’ inaugural lecture.
At the end of the academic year we said goodbye to three graduating Roosettes, Elise, Pam and Louise, during a lovely high tea in Honeypie.
We enjoyed a (well deserved) break.
During the summer break we did not sit still, no, the search for new girls started. Since not only Elise, Louise and Pam left, but Yvette and Marlin also left the group we needed at least four new girls. But where to find them?
Was one of our busiest months with a new conductor Liesbeth, eleven auditions, four new girls, three performances, and one very exciting happening where we were asked to sing together with four big names in Dutch music: Peter Faber, Tom de Ket, Robert-Jan Stips and Huub van der Lubbe. I realize now that we never posted about that so I promise we will do that soon!
Nacht van de Nacht in the Spot.
We performed at the retirement home were we got a lot of recognition from the elderly people, who grew up listening to the songs in our repertoire.
Another very busy month with a lot of nice performances and of course some Christmas Carols. We can look back on a year where we have accomplished a lot:
Eight goodbyes, five new girls, three conductors, fourteen new songs, eleven new dresses, one very lovely sponsor (page under construction), one awesome new website, approximately one hundred and sixty cups of tea and twenty pies/tarts/cakes, thirty-two rehearsals, seventeen performances, three umbrellas, two kazoos, one woodblock, uncountable laughs and a lot of excitement to have another year just like this, or maybe even better then this one!
As the end of the year approaches and Christmas time is near, we are entering a busy time. This week we have four performances in three days. Which is a lot, we know, but we like to sing christmas carols so much! And we can only do that during this time of year:-)
So, tomorrow, we will be present at UCR’s Bagijnhof Christmas Market, which needless to say will be held at Bagijnhof in Middelburg. We will be singing at about eight thirty, so everyone who is interested is hereby invited so come and listen and maybe enjoy a cup of hot coco of gluhwein as well.
If you can’t make it tomorrow evening there’s another chance for you to come and see us. We will also be singing at Stichting Arduin’s Christmas Market on Friday at the icerink on Middelburgs Marktplein at about 1pm. So, if you have missed tomorrow night’s performance you are welcome to come and listen then and maybe enjoy an oliebol and a round of skating.
The other two performances aren’t public, so I’m afraid we can’t invite you to those. One has already past this afternoon, when we had the honor to attend UCR’s Going Glocal Diner and take care of some musical intervals, as well as enjoy a lovely diner. Thank you everyone from the Going Glocal Project.
The fourth performance will be at the beach in Vrouwenpolder tomorrow for the Zeeuws Museum. So tomorrow will be a busy day (as some of us have exams as well!) but we are looking forward to it none the less.
After this busy busy week we will have a short break from rehearsing. It’s Christmas Time and each one of us is going to spend it with their families and therefore a lot of us will not be in Middelburg. We will however post about our last few days of the year together and we hope to be able to share some photo’s of our Christmas Caroling. In Februari we will start again and who knows what we’ll have in store for you next year…!
What a wonderful night we had during N8vdN8! In the light of the moon we were at our best. Singing like we’ve never done before and looking the part too. Accompanied by three handsome fellows we all told our story.
As the three young sailors set off to sea they left behind their loving wives. While the men sang of hard work and despair, of being alone at sea and missing their wives and mothers, their women back home sang of loneliness and desire, of the longing to be with their man and how coffee kept them going while they were waiting for their men to come home.
Till we meet gain!
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This Saturday the 26th the whole of Middelburg will be dark. The lights will be out and the city will only be lit by fires, candles and the stars. While the rest of the city will be sound asleep, the town center will be busy as ever, with music, poetry, theater, excursions and food & drinks of course.
The Night of the Night is about raising awareness of light pollution. Dutch night is three to six percent lighter every year. Real darkness is almost impossible to find. This makes seeing a full starry sky increasingly rare: what a depressing thought, right? The Netherlands is now one of the most lighted countries in the world. So to help draw attention to this issue the whole of the Netherlands will turn off its lights and enjoy the darkness and all that it has to offer (exploration, excitation, romance…?).
And we, as the Roosettes, are very happy to bring some light into the dark, dark night. We will be in De Spot from 8pm to 11pm and we will bring to you our newest songs. Nothing too dark and dreary, but songs that will fill you with warmth and happiness and enough energy to last you all night! (Also, we would really like to introduce you to our new girls!) So see you there!
Adieu & Goodbye
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After a few months of spreading the word, a few weeks of auditioning and a few days of getting to know each of the 15 interested girls, we are very happy to introduce to you to our new members Merel van Lent, Simone Landman, Tsjalline Boorsma and Emma de Winter-Verduijn.
It took some time to see and hear everyone, but these four girls stood out from all the auditions we have seen. Even though each of the auditioning girls was very brave to stand there and show us how well they can sing, and even though we were very impressed by everyone, we simply did not have space for 15 new girls. We still want to thank all of you for coming!
But we found what we were looking for in Merel, who has such a great style and voice that mixes perfectly with the group. And Simone, who is very musical and knows how to read music and stick to her part. And Tsjalline, who has a fair soprano voice that compliments the other voices in the group. And Emma, who has a very beautiful low voice, which was exactly what we needed.!
So, here we are, all complete again. After having started this season with just the six of us we are very happy to be at the perfect number of ten girls. So, now we can start with our new repertoire. And we are very excited, all of us.
Our first performance coming up is during ‘Nacht van de Nacht’, a small night time festival in the heart of Middelburg on saturday the 26th of October. We will be in the Foyer of the Spot and we hope to see all of you there to meet our new girls!
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We just found out that there is a problem with our emailaccount. We are not receiving any emails and havent been for a few days… Not even from the contact page of our website. We are working on this right now and we hope that all the emails sent in the last few days will get to our inbox anyway.
And sorry for the inconvenience!
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