Several members share their best memories of Jan as the conductor of QHarmony to thank him!
My most beautiful musical memory with Jan is without a doubt the fairytale concert of last year. During this concert he didn’t only have the job of conducting the orchestra but also had to make sure the story and the storyteller would come out as beautiful as they eventually did. An incredible achievement.
As you could have seen, I was in the “Jan bingo” a few days back. That was quite an honor of course! One concert in particular, I was completely in the spotlight because of a somewhat mocking but completely well meant statement by Jan. It was the first concert after I returned from my trip to Turkey. I did an internship there for half a year and therefore missed half a year with Q. Fortunately I had a few rehearsals before the concert. There we played a song called Soul Bossa Nova. The percussionists played a somewhat large but accompanying role, except for one instrument: the cuica. We didn’t have this instrument, so we thought it would be funny to recreate it with our voice. That resulted in a kind of monkey cry. I had the honor to perform this with conviction during the concert. After which Jan proudly said to the audience: “Look, our Turkish monkey is back! ”
You can listen to the performance here.
Cynthia, Kars, Koen & Marjolein
In addition to all musical activities together with Jan, we could not help but think about all the activities that he was a part of. One in particular that comes to mind, happened during the concert trip to Frankfurt. On the last evening we jointly went to the bar and Jan joined us. During the drinks a few Q’ers got the idea to attack Jan with water guns. When they attacked, Jan defended himself. After a fight of Q’ers against Jan, Jan won with two water guns in his hands!