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Queen Máxima writes blog post about Christmas Music Gala

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands has written a blog post called “Crescendo” after attending the Christmas Music Gala last week in Rotterdam. She is the honorary chairman of More Music in the Classroom (Méér Muziek in de Klas).

Among those performing were the Greatest School Band in the Netherlands, Ronnie Flex, Tania Kross, Anita Meyer and Trijntje Oosterhuis. It was hosted by Buddy Vedder and Romy Monteiro.

“Crescendo” was posted to the website of More Music in the Classroom where the Queen wrote about the importance of music and its value in the lives of children and the classroom.

She said, “I am very happy with all the deserved attention for musical education, and I am proud of what we have done together.

“More Music in Class is going crescendo. Music is getting a regular place in school and with that a regular place in the lives of children. That is very valuable.”

Queen Máxima went on to write about how children across the Netherlands are learning how fun it is to make music and commended teachers for utilising it in their classrooms. She went on to explain how much she enjoys visiting musical working visits saying, “For me personally every musical working visit is a party. It’s very fun to speak to the young talents who are in Long Live the Music show. Some of them visited me in my home.”

She went on to highlight some of the children who visited her and praising them for their talents on their instruments, “Like Joel (12) who is amazing on the piano. And Aster (10) who knows everything about the tuba. Emma (12) told me that she can release all her feelings into her violin. Happiness, anger, sadness, you can make everything come out of a violin.”

It is no surprise that Her Majesty is involved with an organisation with a focus on music. The Argentinian born Queen has spoken in the past about her love of music, attributing it to her Latin heritage. She once said, “I am Latin, and I will continue being Latin in respect to some aspects of my culture. I dance, I sing – and I will keep on dancing and singing.”

The full blog post, only in Dutch, can be read here.

The concert, where over 360 students performed, will be broadcast tomorrow by AVROTROS on NPO 1 at 20.28. It will be rebroadcast on Tuesday 26 December at 9.15 am on NPO 3.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. She's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.