The Hague is home to the Cabinet, the States General, the Supreme Court and the Council of State of the Netherlands. It is also host to the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. And in October 2022, The Hague welcomes Candlelight, the series of enchanting candlelit concerts that have been charming audiences in cities around the world.
Beginning with Waalse Kerk Den Haag, the light of thousands of candles will lend their gentle glow to create intimate and extraordinary atmospheres in some of the city’s most emblematic buildings. The concerts, which have proved immensely popular, are unforgettable experiences and make for a night out quite unlike any other.
Concerts by Candlelight begin in The Hague with spellbinding evenings of classical music. Some of the city’s most talented classical musicians will take to the stage inside the historic Waalse Kerk Den Haag and, with the light dancing off the walls, will envelop audiences with the sounds of Mozart and Vivaldi. But that’s not all that’s in store for the city.
Candlelight: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
The first performance presents Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, without a doubt one of music history’s most storied compositions. As light flickers, selections of the four violin concertos will fill the hall—from spring to summer, autumn to winter, the seasons will come to life.
Candlelight: The Best of Joe Hisaishi
The music of the composer behind many Studio Ghibli soundtracks, Joe Hisaishi finally arrives at Waalse Kerk Den Haag. Immerse yourself into the magical worlds of Hayao Miyazaki with a spellbinding repertoire. The string quartet will cover some of your Ghibli favorites like My Neighbour Totoro, Ponyo, On The Cliff By The Sea, Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, among others.Be “Spirited Away” as a sea of lights surround you!
Waalse Kerk Den Haag will be glowing and the light of hundreds of candles will illuminate the white-walled and elevated-ceiling church as a string quartet takes to their instruments. The Candlelight concerts take place twice each night with two back-to-back 60-65 minute performances.
The charming concerts are perfect for romantic rendezvous, dates with friends and outings with your favourite people. Or, if you’re just looking to get lost in the sound of beautiful music in a unique venue, they’re phenomenal for that too.
Please note that the candles used are flameless and images are from various Candlelight concerts around the world.