Catchpenny Ensemble

Based in The Hague, the Catchpenny Ensemble resulted from the initiative of Master Composition Students of the Royal Conservatory to create a platform of exchanging and practicing creative musical and other artistic ideas. The diverse background and the different inputs of the members of the Ensemble has lead to a fruitful and continuous musical dialogue.

Catchpenny had its debut presenting five new compositions in the Conservatory’s Spring Festival in April 2015, and has since performed at the Silent Film Festival, the Romania.2 Film and Music Festival, and the Dag in de Branding Festival in The Hague.

Upcoming performances include Decomposing Raaijmakers, a new collaboration with composition students of the Koninklijk Conservatorium, in celebration of 50 years of the Conservatorium’s annual Spring Festival.


March 5, 2017

Upcoming Collaboration: Decomposing Raaijmakers

Catchpenny Ensemble is very excited to be collaborating with composition students of our alma mater, the Koninklijk Conservatorium, in Decomposing Raaijmakers – a new instrumental audio-visual work inspired by Raaijmaakers’s analytical and strictly-generated music. The work will premiere on April 4, 2017 at Korzo Theater in The Hague.


With Decomposing Raaijmakers we celebrate 50 years of the Spring Festival in The Royal Conservatory. Dick Raaijmakers was a formative composer of the “Hague School” through  the contributions of his diverse output. In the late 1960s, he began a marathon series of concerts during which contemporary music was performed, and thus became the beginning of the Koninklijk Conservatorium’s Spring Festival.

Inspired by his analytical and strictly generated music, we collaborated in Decomposing Raaijmakers creating an instrumental audio-visual piece.

The main structure of the piece is a canon of musical material inspired by some of Raaijmakers works interpreted by the collaborating composers.

For the realization of this project, we – Catchpenny Ensemble – were very happy to collaborate with four Composition students of the Royal Conservatory: Sara Zamboni, Jimena Maldonado, Alex Kordzaia and James Alexandropoulos-McEwan.

Composers: Alex Kordzaia, Jimena Maldonado, Sara Zamboni, Yvonne Freckmann and Nikos Kokolakis.

Visuals: Jimena Maldonado and Yael Levy.

Collaborators: Sara Zamboni, Jimena Maldonado, Alex Kordzaia, James Alexandropoulos-McEwan, Yael Levy, Yvonne Freckmann and Nikos Kokolakis.

Special thanks to: Anne Wellmer, Johan van Kreij, Peter Adriaansz, Yannis Kyriakides, Cornelis de Bondt and Martijn Padding.

Also to: Kuba Krzewiński, Molly Joyce and Sascha Thiele.

February 1, 2017

Festival Dag in de Branding Reviews

Catchpenny was very honored to recently participate in the Festival Dag in de Branding, performing new arrangements of music by Thrainn Hjalmarsson and Missy Mazzoli.

Both nights of our performances on the festival were reviewed, including our performance of Hjalmarsson’s Sculpture #3 praised as a “fascinating experience with musicians and audience alike watching the video spellbound.”



November 16, 2016


Beyond excited to be performing at the upcoming Festival Dag in de Branding! We’ll be performing Dec. 2 + 3, featuring music by Thrainn Hjalmarsson and Missy Mazzoli, more info and tickets here.

November 14, 2016

Radio Romania Interview

Catchpenny composer Nikos Kokolakis was recently interviewed by Radio Romania on our recent performance at the Romania.2 Film and Music Festival, focusing on the work of Romanian sculptor Constantin Brâncuși. Listen to the full interview (along with excerpts from the performance) here.

November 11, 2016

Brâncusi Romanian Film Project

Photos from our recent performance at Spotlight: Romania.2 Film and Music Festival, Nov. 8 at De Nieuwe Regentes in Den Haag:

June 18, 2016

Catchpenny is super honored to be featured photographically in a New York Times article on the recent Holland Festival! Read the full article here.


May 30, 2016

Catchpenny is excited to be performing at the upcoming Holland Festival, on June 9 at the Rijksmuseum Passage. The lunchtime concert, titled “Vice Verses,” features works by Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth, with the seven deadly sins are the starting point for a new composition of seven students (led by Yannis Kyriakides) of the Royal Conservatoire.


January 17, 2016

Den Haag Sounds of Silence Festival coming up! We’re thrilled to be apart of this year’s silent film & live music festival in Den Haag, presenting a brand new collaboration between all the Catchpenny composers to the 1913 French serial film Fantômas. The show will take place on February 6, 17:00 at De Nieuwe Regentes. More info and tickets here.



August 17, 2015

Catchpenny composer Yvonne Freckmann’s “Train”, for seven players and field recording, was selected for the International Alliance of Women in Music Search for New Music 2015 competition! Yvonne was one of seven winners selected from a 81 international compositions submitted. The selection includes a cash prize and an essay on the winning work in the upcoming IAWM journal publication.

Read more on the IAWM website