The WSKOV student choir and orchestra will play during the memorial service on 4 May in the Grote Kerk, the church on Wageningen's market square. 'This is exceptional,' says the society's president Marjon Hendriks.
The musical students will play three pieces specially picked for the occasion. Marjon: 'These are very solemn numbers which will enable people to calmly reflect and remember. Nothing controversial.' The Grote Kerk is a very good location, adds Marjon. 'Its acoustics are excellent.'
Normally, WSKOV gives two concerts a year: a Christmas concert in December and a spring concert in May. The memorial concert is something 'extra'. So the society had to be practical in its choice of suitable pieces. 'We rehearse a new repertoire every six months. That takes a great deal of time. To have an entirely new repertoire for each of the three concerts would be impossible, I think.'
Those unable to be at the memorial concert will therefore have a second chance to enjoy some of the 4 May pieces during the spring concert on 31 May and 1 June.