Metropolitan Orchestra of the Netherlands
Dick Bakker with the participation of flutist Thijs Van Leer also from the
Performing -- "Windmills of Your Mind"
Dick Bakker is a Dutch composer and arranger with an international
reputation. His list of international awards is simpressive. He has
composed "Ding-a-Dong", the song that won the 1975 Eurovision Song
Contest and sold 6-million copies world-wide. Since 1982, Dick Bakker
has extended his musical reach throughout Europe. In 1991, he was
appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Metropolitan
Orchestra of the Netherlands.
Thijs Van LeerThijs started to play the flute at age 13. In the early seventies, he
was the founder-member of "Focus", a Dutch rockband that reached
Number 1 in the Billboard top 100 with a song titled "Hocus Pocus". It
was the first time in history that a continental-European band
succeeded as a mega-seller in the US: 5.5-milliion copies have been
sold world-wide. Thijs is currently composing new material for the
Focus 2000 project.
Riverdance -- Ireland
Performing -- "Firedance" -- "Heartland"
Since its inception in 1995, Riverdance has helped to raise thousands
of pounds for charities around the world and in particular for those
dedicated to helping children. Riverdance "The Show" is the most
successful dance show touring the world today. The average age of
performers in the show is just under 20 years old. Their combined
talents propel Irish dancing and music into the present day giving it
a relevance which captures the imagination of audiences across all
ages and cultural divides.