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The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, based in Enschede
Under its chief conductor and artistic leader Jan Willem de Vriend, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, based in Enschede (NSO) has grown into a national orchestra with an international profile. The orchestra has become widely known, also because of its tours, radio and TV broadcasts and CD recordings. Performances in places such as the US, Spain, England, France, China and Switzerland have confirmed the international demand for and reputation of the orchestra. In addition to full symphony performances, the orchestra also performs in smaller ensembles. The orchestra also fulfils a key social role with the wide variety of community projects it is involved in, primarily in the province of Overijssel, but also far beyond. Education is an important part of this, as the orchestra wants to share the story of classical music with as many children and youngsters as possible. Performances and audience numbers are on the up, and in 2013 the orchestra gave 400 concerts in various ensembles to nearly 200,000 concertgoers. The NSO has a clear vision of its future, which a orchestra agenda 2020. The orchestra sets great store by cultural enterprise and successful national and international collaborations.