Roger Diederen and René Henket play an "Adams bugle" in André Rieu’s JSO
The Smallest Detail is Orchestrated to Perfection
To touch the public "With our programming we are able to reach a much larger audience which normally does not visit a concert hall. In a concert hall people come to sit and listen. André wants to precisely avoid that. Programming and announcements are well thought out and are adapted to that. André knows exactly how to reach the public with his dialog. He is fluent in English, French and German, and is knowledgeable in Portuguese. By speaking to the public in their native tongue, he knows how to touch their hearts. And that triggers an interaction."
Investment: André Rieu determines to within the smallest detail how
Together: "Within the orchestra there prevails a great togetherness, everyone gets along, yet every one can do his/her own thing," Roger explains. Even romances flourish. That is how René met his Virginie. Together they have a one year old son." Everyone’s’ privacy is being honored. If you see someone with earphones on, you know not to bother them. And what really is important is that we all have many nice and interesting experiences and see a lot of the world together. In May we were conducted concerts in Chili and Argentina, while in March we were on tour in the United States, and performed in Brazil in April. In addition to that the JSO was freezing to death during their performance on the Museum Square on 30 April in commemoration of the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander. "It was a great but cold day," Roger explains. "In the evening it was around eight degrees (46F). That does not do the playing any favors. I could barely move my fingers." That day itself he spent on the DAM. "During the official proceedings it was dead still on the DAM. Normally that is unimaginable. A goose bumps moment."
Down to earth boys:
No matter how successful the musicians of the JSO are, they remain down to earth boys. "We all hail from the amateur music background and I rehearse regularly with St Cecelia in Schinnen," says Roger. "I do not feel superior to them at all." He finds a decent childhood growth with that band. The structured upbringing in his youth is now paying off. Every day there are people involved to ensure everything goes according to plan. And you need experienced leaders. "It is important that you approach the student as an individual," René adds. He himself teaches and finds it interesting to develop lesson plans and in the meantime has amassed quite a number of methods from all over the world. According to him the methods should often be priority, but need to be tailored to the student. Parental involvement plays a very important role and often leads to the parents taking up an instrument, or take on a position of leadership or coordination within the marching band. That way you can keep the children involved. We play high-level, but the social aspect is also important."
Roger’s son Romano receives supplemental lessons from René. "I have no patience for theory," Roger admits. "For the practical lessons, yes, I can spend much time on those. At least if the student is well motivated."
Is there life outside the JSO? René: "We have a job that requires us to be available 365 days a year. Sometimes the orchestra has to be ready at a moment’s notice. It is therefore difficult to build on other things while in the JSO." Although Roger did have a chance to perform with the well-known Limburg marching band "De Schintaler", which was revived this year. "That was nice. I have some good memories from there. And not only because I met my wife there."
- Thank you to Ineke for the article and John translating it