Stichting Droom en Daad is a philanthropic organisation focusing on the city’s cultural sector. It’s led by Wim Pijbes and they already developed De Wasserij and the Heerenhuys and are involved with lots of other events. Now they transform a church into Muziekwerf, a rehearsal and concert venue for youth orchestras in the Netherlands.
Hidden behind the Hofplein there is a small, striking church building dating from 1951. At the end of 2019, Stichting Droom en Daad acquired the Baptist Church on Noordmolenwerf because of its distinctive architecture, its prominent location in the middle of the city centre and the cultural possibilities of both the church and the annex. After a reformation, it will be a dynamic place for youth orchestras and choirs.
Muziekwerf (or Music Yard) will be the first permanent rehearsal and concert venue in the Netherlands aimed at youngsters. In the venue, youth ensembles can create, rehearse and present under one roof. The pleasure of making music is the central aim. It will be an inspiring meeting place for Rotterdam youth from 6 to 26 years old. From beginner to professional and their audiences. Muziekwerf wants to let more children make music together for a longer period of time by facilitating a diverse offer of music companies.
Cover: Loes van Duijvendijk