In memoriam Bernard Haitink

On October 21, 2021, the patron of the Sporck Foundation, Bernard Haitink, passed away. Haitink was regarded as one of the greatest conductors in the world and was widely acclaimed for his ability to bring out the best in every orchestra member. He made his debut in 1956 with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, of which he became chief conductor in 1961. From 1967 to 1979 he combined this with the principal conductorship of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. After his departure from the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1987, he took charge of the Royal Opera House in London. From 2002 he was the principal guest conductor with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, among others. In 2019 he gave his farewell concert: Bruckner's Seventh Symphony played by the Radio Philharmonic.

Bernard Haitink, at his own suggestion, was the patron of our foundation for more than 15 years after he learned of our existence through Antal Sporck. With his death, the world loses a leading and careful musician averse to prima donna behaviour.









































Different date Three Horn Trio's

Unfortunately, the concert of the Buizer trio on November 28 in the Lodewijkskerkje cannot take place. We are pleased to announce that we have found a replacement in a trio led by Mees Vos, so that the Three Horn Trios can still be played at a later date, probably the spring of 2022. Keep an eye on the website for this!

The Three Horn Trios

During Drie Hoorntrio's the famous horn trio by Brahms will be played, alongside the premiere of a recently completed horn trio by Jo Sporck. This makes Jo Sporck, besides Brahms and Ligeti, the third composer to have written a work for the rare instrumentation of horn, violin and piano.

Recent recordings

Dvd-registration of the complete jubilee concert (Zindering and Mozart KV 482) available for friends of Stichting Sporck (see under Donations)

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Support the Sporck Foundation

The cultural sector has been severely affected by the pandemic and the accompanying measures. The Sporck Foundation nevertheless remains active: in September 2020 we organized a corona tour along 6 nursing homes in Tilburg and applications for funding a proposed concert in the Lodewijkskerkje in Oisterwijk in November 2021 have been made. (See message elsewhere on this page.) In addition to this we are considering a performance or registration of the piano quintets of Brahms and Sporck, whether or not in combination with the above-mentioned trios and possible works for piano solo. Sporck's oeuvre is far from being mapped out. As you can see there is no lack of programmatic options and a small catch-up after a monotonous corona year is a terrific goal for the Foundation for the near futureā€¦.

Your financial support is more than welcome! Do you recognize the importance of the arts and would you like to support the work of the foundation? Then pay your contribution to NL 96 INGB 000 322 7616, in the name of Stichting Sporck. Thank you!