The North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (NNO) was founded in 1862, making it the oldest professional symphonic orchestra in The Netherlands. The NNO offers vibrant symphonic music to the three Northern provinces, with roughly 120 concerts per season in concert halls, the open air, during festivals and at schools. In addition, the orchestra regularly performs at theatres elsewhere in the country, including The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht and theatre De Doelen in Rotterdam. The NNO is the most versatile orchestra in The Netherlands. Its programming is surprising and extensive, ranging from purely classical to classical crossover. The orchestra enjoys introducing newcomers to symphonic music, with the educational program ‘Pieter Roelf Youth concerts’, free lunch concerts as well as free outdoor concerts. The NNO can also be heard on the radio frequently. A close collaboration with various institutes ensures cross-pollination of the arts. The NNO works with the Prins Claus academy of music as well as music academies in Amsterdam and The Hague.

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