The Ricciotti ensemble consists of 42 young enthusiastic musicians and plays symphonic music everywhere and for everyone. Since it was founded in 1970, Ricciotti has been playing for people who, for whatever reason, hardly ever come into contact with live symphonic music.
The Ricciotti looks upon music as a means to make people happy and more connected. As each person has a right to happiness, each person also has a right to music.
Symphonic music however tends to exist in a set frame: it is reserved for a limited group of people on a limited number of locations. The Ricciotti strives to step out of this frame: symphonic music should be heard everywhere and each and every one should be able to get acquainted with it.
It is not only in their locations and audiences that the Ricciotti challenges the set norms: also artistically it likes to differ. It is never a one sided experience from orchestra to audience. The Ricciotti strives to interact with the audience. Without interaction, the musical experience would not be complete. To achieve this interaction, first the audience should feel comfortable and willing to open up to it. Secondly the musicians would need to feel free in their presentation. Only when this has been achieved does the Ricciotti consider its performance a success.
Being this flexible in organisation as well as artistically makes the orchestra unique. The musicians don’t need a stage; a free space of six by eight meters will do. This is why they can play almost everywhere and for everyone. Getting off the bus and being ready to play takes no longer than 2 minutes and it’s this speed that enables them to perform several times a day. The Ricciotti meets its audiences in their own environment, where they live, work and relax. Nobody needs to pay to attend a Ricciotti concert.
Het Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie and Het Amsterdams Fonds voor de kunsten are the main sponsors for the Ricciotti. Together they cover almost half of the Ricciotti income. The other half is up to the orchestra itself. It applies for grants, members pay a small contribution to take part in a tour, they pass the hat around in the streets etc. They also barter. In exchange for a performance they sometimes ask for a place to sleep or rehearse, or for meals for the whole group. This bartering is both necessary and fun. Together they create a classical win-win.
The following funds have also made our tours in the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 possible:
Fonds 1819, Fonds voor de Geld -en effectenhandel, Fonds Podiumkunsten K.F.Hein Fonds, DutchCulture, Janivo Stichting, Kattendijke/Drucker Stichting, Triodos Foundation, Stichting Norma, Stichting Dioraphte, Stichting Norma, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, and of course all our Groupies and Friends.
our Groupies, Mecenas and Friends
Al the performances of the Ricciotti have always been free of admission and we’d like to keep it that way. Only then can everyone enjoy their performances. As an individual it’s also possible to support the Ricciotti, either structural or for one time only. Go to our "Support us" page to read more about this option.
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Read our 2017 magazine here
Here you can download the annual reports as published for the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and the Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie