Bernard Haitink

The baton used by Maestro Bernard Haitink (85) during his chief-conductorship of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is currently up for auction! The baton was generously donated in support of the fundraising charity project ‘Klassiek Geeft’ (‘El Sistema Holland’), initiated by Dutch Classical Radio (Radio4). The project aims to offer every child at primary school the experience of playing an instrument, in the belief that they can gain huge social benefits by playing in an orchestra or ensemble. Haitink’s custom-made baton measures 35 centimeters in length and is made out of balsa wood. At the moment we post this news, the highest bid was (only) 390 Euros. More information here. Bidding closes on Friday 23 May 2014, 4 p.m.


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