Over 400 young musicians (12 to 22 years old) took part in the preliminaries of the Princess Christina Classical Music Competition. 23 of them were selected for the Dutch National Finals. Each finalist will perform for ten minutes in front of the jury and audience during these finals. Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands will announce the winner of the Princess Christina Classical Music Competition on Saturday 26 September. The National Finals will be streamed online on 23, 24 and 25 September.

All finalists performed their repertoire in Gasthuis Leeuwenbergh in Utrecht at the beginning of September. After renovation, this national monument from 1567 has been transformed into ConcertLab: the world’s first recording studio where (inter)national top musicians can perform and at the same time record their performance in an innovative way. Founder and musician Gavriel Lipkind has a mission to give classical music its own unique form and spread it globally. The Princess Christina Classical Music Competition was the first production to use this progressive start-up. Not only was it possible to organize an online musical event, but also the finalists receive a high quality recording for use in their portfolios.

Theatermachine is providing lighting design consultancy for a permanent lighting installation in this venue, and has provided a temporary lighting installation specifically designed to complement existing daylight. With sufficient addition of diffused white light, a recording studio has been created with additional fixtures to provide musicians, stage scenery and venue details with the necessary highlights.

Light design: Mike Evers – Theatermachine
Assistant light design: Floriaan Ganzevoort – Theatermachine
Lighting crew: Lianne Eikelenboom and Sander Schaart
Equipment supplied by: Theatermachine, DDB Lighting and Controllux
Photography: Sandra Heldring – Majanka Photography