Festival Director & Curator

For more than fifteen years, Simon Murphy has been internationally active as a concert programmer, artistic advisor, artistic director, festival director and curator, programming concerts, series, festivals and other events. He has been responsible for creating individual concert programmes with both classic and innovative presentation forms right through to devising and implementing whole concert series and international arts festivals involving music, the visual arts, theatre and dance, as well as promoting tourism, social cohesion, and local and international awareness of (shared) cultural heritage. 

Murphy's concert, festival and series programming activities have involved major media partnerships resulting in live radio and tv concert broadcasts, internet streaming and CD recordings. Recent projects have included co-operations with Dutch and German state broadcasters NPS/NTR, AVRO, RNW, HR, MDR and DLF. Murphy's programming activities have resulted in the presentation of modern day world premières of newly rediscovered 18th and 19th century musical masterworks. In other innovative programmes, Murphy has successfully delivered vibrant new perspectives on well known masterpieces, explored relevant, historical and contemporary themes, and highlighted interdisciplinary connections. 

Murphy's programming highlights over the past decade have included the creation and realisation of the music programme for the Dutch Queen's state visit to Italy in 2004 with live international radio and tv concert broadcasts, the ABC's Dutch Music Month in Sydney in 2006 celebrating 400 years of bilateral relations between the Netherlands and Australia, the Amsterdam City of Music festival for Dutch national broadcaster NPS in 2006 (with live EBU international concert simulcasts to more than 30 countries), the music programming for the Getty Center's Amsterdam in the 18th century international conference and exhibition in Los Angeles in 2007, the city of The Hague's official music programme for the Hudson 400 celebrations in New York in 2009, as well as concert/broadcast programmes for major arts festivals including the Bachfest Leipzig, Handel Festspiele Halle, Holland Festival of Early Music Utrecht, Stockholm Early Music Festival and the Festivals van Vlaanderen. 

Since 2002, Simon Murphy has been artistic director of The Hague's Baroque Orchestra (NDA). In this role, he is responsible for the orchestra's total, yearly programming, including the orchestra's three main series in its home city - involving its Symphonic, Baroque Orchestral and Chamber Series - as well as the orchestra's festival and export programmes. 

In 2012, Simon Murphy was appointed as artistic advisor and classical programmer of the Netherlands' new Embassy Festival in The Hague. In 2013, he also became classical music curator to the Netherlands' Prinsjesfestival. 

Simon Murphy's recent programming activities include


Symphonic, Baroque Orchestral and Chamber Series with programmes including Black Magic, Heaven on Earth, Ein Heldenleben and Round Midnight
Orchestral repertoire including Beethoven Symphony no. 3 Eroica, Spohr Symphony no. 2 in d, Schmitt Symphony Pastorale, Mendelssohn Piano Concerto no. 1, Mozart Piano Concerto KV 467 Elvira Madigan, Rust Colma's Klage, Overtures by Mozart, Rossini, von Weber, Reichardt, Romberg and Spohr, Arias by Mozart, von Weber and Lortzing 
Chamber repertoire including Beethoven Moonlight Sonata, Mozart Piano Quartet in g, Bach Cello Suites 


Symphonic, Baroque Orchestral and Chamber Series with programmes including It's About Time, Empress of Pleasure and Mozart in Love
Orchestral repertoire including Overtures by Rossini, Haydn Symphony no. 101 The Clock, Mozart Symphony no. 31 Paris, Arias by Mozart, Cimarosa, Paisiello and Rossini, Symphonies by J. Stamitz, J.C. Bach and C.F. Abel, Ballet scenes by J.C. Bach, Abel and Boyce, complete J.S. Bach Harpsichord Concertos
Chamber repertoire including Haydn Sieben Letzten Worte, String Quartets by Haydn and Dittersdorf, Sonatas by J.S., C.P.E. W.F. and J.C.F. Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, Benda, Graun and Rust 

NDA Season 2010-2011

Symphonic, Baroque Orchestral and Chamber Series with programmes including Bohemian Rhapsody, A Night at the Opera, Goodnight Vienna and Take Five
Orchestral repertoire including Beethoven Symphony no. 2, Mozart Symphony no. 38 Prague, Overtures by Mozart, Rossini, Paisiello and Cimarosa, Arias by Mozart, Paisiello, Cimarosa and Rossini, Symphonies from the Dutch court by Graaf, Stamitz, Schwindl, Mozart and Zappa, C.F. Abel Flute Concerto no. 5, Bach Orchestral Suite no. 2 
Chamber repertoire including Boccherini Stabat Mater, Mozart Grand Sextet, String Quintets by Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn, Serenades by Call, Molino and Schubert

7th NDA Festival "The Salon - A European Phenomenon 1770 - 1830" 

Lieder by J.F., J. and L. Reichardt on texts by Goethe, Hoelty and Reichardt
Chamber music for fortepiano and strings by J.F. Reichardt, Boccherini, Raimondi, Mozart and Beethoven 

6th NDA Festival "Swinging Sixties" 

Symphonies by C. Stamitz, J.C. Bach, Abel and Boyce, Arias by J.C. Bach, 
Chamber music by Abel 
Dance workshops and lectures

5th NDA Festival "Go Dutch" 

Orchestral music by Locatelli, van Wassenaer and Vivaldi 
Chamber music by Sweelinck, Haquart, Graaf, Schwindl, Zappa and Mozart 

4th NDA Festival "Fetes Galantes" 

Orchestral, vocal and ballet music by Lully, Campra, J.S. Bach, Fasch and Graupner 
Chamber music by Marais, Sainte Colombe, Couperin, Rameau and Boismortier 
Dance workshops and lectures