This page provides information in English about SPON (Stichting Project Orkest Nederland – Foundation Project Orchestra the Netherlands).

Who are we?

SPON (Foundation Project Orchestra the Netherlands) is a foundation that every year brings together (on average) 70 highly motivated advanced amateur musicians from all over the Netherlands with a passion for wind instruments under the guidance of an enthusiastic (professional) conductor. This is the SPON Symphonic Wind Orchestra.
Each year we start a project in October. In the Spring of the following year the foundation and its musicians go abroad for a 5-day tour to give 3 concerts. The SPON symphonic wind orchestra is unique because it exists only for the duration of one project. After the final concert in the Netherlands the orchestra is disbanded and the next project is started up. Each year the composition of the group is different (although a number of members take part every year). Every project has a different (new) conductor.

Aims of SPON

  • Enhancing the quality of amateur music, by bringing together a group of people who share the same passion and for whom musical quality is paramount.
  • Ensuring that making music in this orchestra is an enrichment for the musicians themselves and ultimately also for the band or orchestra they normally play in.
  • Enlarging the number of possibilities for amateur musicians to perform elsewhere.
  • Promoting the works of (Dutch) composers abroad.

SPON Concert Tour 2017

In 2017 SPON celebrates its ninth anniversary. Previous tours took the orchestra to Austria, Sweden, Germany, England (Oxford), Czech Republic , Italy and Poland. In 2016 we visited Germany for the 2nd time.

In June 2017 the 75 member SPON symphonic wind orchestra will give three concerts in Northern England covering a wide range of music – from traditionals to modern pop. The musical lead of the England 2017 project is conductor Richard Schroevers.

Where will the concerts take place?

On 9 June 2017: Beverley Memorial Hall, 7.30 pm
On 10 June 2017: York, 7.30 pm. Venue to be confirmed shortly
On 11 June 2017: the Guildhall in Hull, 2.30 pm

Admission to all concerts is free.


The theme of the programme for the 2017 England tour is War and Peace/Freedom and includes, for example,

Pini della Appia – Respighi
A Choral for a Solemn Occasion – Marc van Delft
Hymn to the Fallen – John Williams
Kaddish – Francis McBeth
Charles Chaplin – Marcel Peeters
Brilliant Beatles – Peter Kleine Schaars (arr)
Who Wants to Live Forever /Queen – Hans Derks (arr)
Lord of the Dance – Ronan Hardiman
Deep Purple Medley – Shashi (arr)

SPON Organisation

The foundation board has the following members:
Gerard Haneveer – chairman
Gerrie Buijs – secretary
Johan Kerling – treasurer

You can contact the board via bestuur@spon.info.