The Scottish Orchestra is Invited to Perform in Holland, 1898

Willem Kes (1856-1934). A Dutch violinist and conductor, Kes was the first principal conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. He held this position from 1888 t0 1895. He subsequently joined the Scottish Orchestra in Glasgow.


On page four of The Glasgow Herald, on Monday the 3rd of January 1898, readers were provided with the following information about the Scottish Orchestra:


“Mr Willem Kes, the conductor, has received an invitation from an influential committee of gentlemen in Holland to take the orchestra to that country for a week’s tour at the close of the present Scottish season. Mr Kes has accepted the invitation, and arrangements have now been completed with the orchestra for their services during the tour. Concerts will be given in the Hague, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Haarlem, Utrecht, Arnheim [sic], and Dordrecht.”