For almost six months, silence has reigned in the world of classical music and not a ball has been kicked at De Kuip. For all that time, the RPhO and the football club have been unable to play in front of their audience and fans. They now bring the two worlds together in a spectacular video to address the subject of the return to concert halls and football pitches.
The video, which runs for just under two minutes, features the now traditional Feyenoord helicopter, as it lands in the centre circle at De Kuip. During the flight, which is accompanied by the classical soundtrack played by the orchestra, we see some of the most iconic sights on the famous Rotterdam skyline. The message ‘Ready to Play’ makes it clear that both Feyenoord and the RPhO are ready to present themselves to the general public again.
Feyenoord’s managing director Mark Koevermans says: “The crisis is not yet behind us, but the start of the football season gives millions of football fans something to really look forward to again every week. On the eve of what will hopefully be another great season for Feyenoord, we wanted to reflect on that in a very special way with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra – another Rotterdam icon.”
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra’s director George Wiegel says: “Nothing can beat playing live, no matter how worthwhile it has been to be able to stay in shape and reach music-lovers around the world with online projects over the past months. The heart-warming responses from our fans have been a source of great support and we cannot wait to welcome them back to our hall.”
The video is now available to view on the official channels of Feyenoord and the RPhO.