The best music performances occur at the Philharmonie in Haarlem. Go to this centre for every music style, from classical concerts to modern performances. The Philharmonie is located in a monumental building in the city centre of Haarlem. While it looks old from the outside, its interior has been upgraded to comply with the requirements of modern music makers and lovers.
In essence the Philharmonie is a ‘hobby that got out of hand’ for a group of 19th century gentlemen. A gentlemen’s society in the city centre gradually expanded and decided to set up one of its halls for music performances. The society slowly evolved into a cultural centre. At the start of the 20th century is was run by the city. After several conversions the building became the city’s Concert Hall. And the last conversion and renovation in 2001 resulted in a modern music hall with a new name: the Philharmonie.
Don’t forget to have a look at the organ when you visit the Philharmonie. In 1915 two well-to-do gentlemen bought the Cavaillé-Coll organ from the Amsterdam Paleis voor Volksvlijt and donated it to what was then the Haarlem Concert Hall. These days the internationally renowned organ still has a prominent place in the Philharmonie’s big concert hall.