Holland Baroque meets Bastarda Trio


Holland Baroque is a versatile and quirky baroque orchestra that dares to sing, dance, cry and laugh with their instruments. All this is derived from tradition, innovation, surprise and a touch of entertainment. The orchestra is based in Utrecht.


Tineke and Judith Steenbrink have been the beating heart of the ensemble as an artistic team since 2009. These baroque twins guard the sound of the ensemble, create unique programs and rewrite repertoire according to Holland Baroque. After years of musical encounters, it is crystal clear to us: baroque can be found in many places. Baroque is ‘now’.

The Bastarda Trio (Poland), formed by Paweł Szamburski, Michał Górczyński and Tomasz Pokrzywiński, plays its own interpretations of medieval music.

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They improvise and use first-class self-developed techniques. Clarinet, cello and double bass clarinet provide a unique, warm sound and texture. The three musicians perform an extraordinary balancing act: from Gregorian and medieval origins to their own material. Holland Baroque co-composes, reflects on the trio and enters into a contemporary dialogue with the Middle Ages. This unique combination of musicians wants to please and surprise the audience - sometimes moving, but always captivating.

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Holland Baroque

Bastardo Trio

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Judith Steenbrink - Holland Baroque

Our cellist Tomasz Pokrzywiński is the secret asset. He is the driving force behind Trio Bastarda and is also invaluable to Holland Baroque.

Intra Muros Festival, a new festival. How cool it is to start something new in this day and age. Inspiring too. We want to give our very best to make a valuable contribution to this.  


Holland Baroque & Bastarda Trio

Minne en beminnen. New interpretations of century old sounds.


The program is inspired by the following musical works, of which the running order can differ.


Judith Steenbrink (1977)



Graduale van Johannes van Deventer (Sint Agatha, 1512)

Sancte Agatha


Melchior Franck (1580 - 1639)

Er küsse mich


Heinrich Isaac (1450 - 1517)

Te laudant omnes


Nederlandse Gregoriaanse Graduale (Amsterdam, 1692)




Media vita in morte sumus


Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525 - 1594)

Nigra sum


Hildergard von Bingen (1098 - 1179)

Spiritus sanctus vivificans vita


Judith Steenbrink (1977)



Judith Steenbrink (1977)





Arranged for Holland Baroque by Tineke en Judith Steenbrink.

Hadewijch & orewoet

Hardly anything is known about Hadewijch, a poet and prose writer. She wrote her oeuvre in a South Brabant variant of Middle Dutch. The visions, poems, songs and letters circulated in the second half of the 13th or the first half of the 14th century. She was probably born into a wealthy family and lived as a beguine in the Duchy of Brabant.

For Hadewijch, orewoet is a key word to express desire and the longing for love. Orewoet is described as a 'glow', 'heat', 'fervor' and 'ecstasy'.



Judith and Tineke Steenbrink traveled to Warsaw to meet Paweł Szamburski (clarinet) and Michał Górczyński (contrabass clarinet). As their regular cellist, Tomasz Pokrzywiński has been part of Holland Baroque for many years. A conversation started before the rehearsals about Hadewijch's texts, ideas and the sound of her words, which are the inspiration for this program. They improvised, elaborated on their common ideas and imagined what the role of Holland Baroque's violinists in 'Orewoet' would become; a chorus, a choir of angels, an intensifying beauty. Thus arose 'Orewoet; new interpretations of age-old sounds.’ Thank you Hadewijch for the wonderful texts that bring Holland Baroque and Bastarda Trio together.

Holland Baroque  

Judith Steenbrink, violin

Anna Jane Lester, violin

Chloe Prendergast, violin

Joseph Tan, violin

Emma Williams, violin

Andrej Kapor, violin

Marie van Luijk, narrator

Ensemble Bastarda Trio

Paweł Szamburski, clarinet
Tomasz Pokrzywiński, cello
Michał Górczyński, contrabass clarinet