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Video on demand from 27 May 2021
available until 27 May 2022

Twinkle Concert XXL: Himmelblau (Sky-Blue)

2021 festival: How does freedom work? A staged concert for young people aged 14+.

The longing to break free of all constraints and set out to explore the world is a central motif of Eichendorff’s 1826 novella »Memoirs of a Good-for-Nothing« – and it’s a longing that we all have inside us. The Twinkle Concert XXL Himmelblau is a staged musical journey about love, breaking free and overcoming personal limitations, featuring a full orchestra and music from Beethoven’s »Pastoral« Symphony.

  • Information for school classes

    Zur Einstimmung auf »Himmelblau« können sich Schulklassen noch bis zum 16. Juni für eine virtuelle Künstlerbegegnung anmelden. Knapp eine Stunde lang geben Mitwirkende Einblick in den Produktionsprozess und stellen sich den Fragen der Klasse. Moderiert werden die Gespräche von Teammitgliedern der Elbphilharmonie, des Deutschen Schauspielhauses oder der Jungen Norddeutschen Philharmonie. Zur Vorbereitung eignen sich das Making Of (verfügbar ab 21. Mai) sowie das Unterrichtsmaterial.

An overview of all 2021 festival concerts.


Junge Norddeutsche Philharmonie
conductor Duncan Ward
Backstage Jugendclub Deutsches Schauspielhaus
Marie-Luise Otto costume design
Charlotte Beinhauer idea, concept
Marie Petzold concept, stage direction
Michael Müller concept, stage direction

  • Actors

    Moritz Hohmann good-for-nothing
    Verena Gerjets good-for-nothing
    Tobias Brewing good-for-nothing
    Valentin Seyffer good-for-nothing
    Jerome Schelm good-for-nothing
    Lisa Türpe Aurelie
    Lisa Feller Flora, Guido
    Fabian Witthoff Leonardo, student, skipper
    Lena Moszczynski gardener, old person, driver, painter
    Junis Sander Rosetta, Schiefhalsige, Spionski
    Julia Hambach barmaid

    Travelling musicians:
    Daniel Rothe drums
    Lennard Zander acoustic / electric guitar
    Christian Panzer horn

    Julia Hambach director’s assistant

  • Musicians (on stage)

    Camille Aubrée violin
    Sophia Eschenburg violin
    Svenja Trede violin
    Isabel Kreuzpointner viola
    Charlotte Oelschlegel viola
    Alina Jacqueline Stieldorf violoncello
    Salomé Guimbretière clarinet
    Christian Panzer horn
    Emilia Suchlich trumpet
    Ruth Externbrinck trombone


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 »Pastoral Symphony« / excerpts (1808)

Michael Müller
Taugenichts! / on texts and themes from Joseph von Eichendorff’s Novelle »Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts« (Memoirs of a Good-for-Nothing) (1826)
Additional dialogues: Luis Dekant (Schreibwerkstatt Nachwuchstexte, Schauspielhaus)

Daniel Rothe / Lennard Zander
A Glaserl Wein / text: Tilmann Jäckle, orchestration: Felix Jedeck
Cavaliere Ubriaco
Dark Forest
Magic Garden
The Wayfarer Blues

Duration: approx. 60 minutes

Afterwards: Artists’ talk via Zoom (in German)

Musician Musician © Sophie Wolter
Duncan Ward Duncan Ward © Sophie Wolter
Rehearsal in the Grand Hall Rehearsal in the Grand Hall © Sophie Wolter
Musician from the Junge Norddeutsche Philharmonie Musician from the Junge Norddeutsche Philharmonie © Sophie Wolter
Backstage Backstage © Sophie Wolter
In the Kaistudio In the Kaistudio © Sophie Wolter
Violinist Violinist © Sophie Wolter
In the Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall In the Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall © Sophie Wolter
Rehearsals in the Grand Hall Rehearsals in the Grand Hall © Sophie Wolter
Three artists from the Backstage Jugendclub des Deutschen Schauspielhauses Three artists from the Backstage Jugendclub des Deutschen Schauspielhauses © Sophie Wolter
Artist from the Backstage Jugendclub des Deutschen Schauspielhauses Artist from the Backstage Jugendclub des Deutschen Schauspielhauses © Sophie Wolter

»Like the cranes, I have to go away now and forever. Away from this insane place, far into the distance. I wish. I can. I wish. I could.«

A good-for-nothing

The Artists

Junge Norddeutsche Philharmonie

Himmelblau / Junge Norddeutsche Philharmonie im Großen Saal
Junge Norddeutsche Philharmonie © Sophie Wolter
  • About the orchestra

    Since it was set up as a self-organised student project in 2010, the Junge Norddeutsche Philharmonie has gradually conquered North Germany’s concert halls: from Berlin to the North Sea, from the Baltic Sea to Hanover. The orchestra’s patron is former German President Joachim Gauck.

    The members of the collective work together to realise modern event formats that refer to issues of relevance in today’s society. One special feature is that the musicians design and organise their projects themselves. Thus they have already worked together with jazz and electronic artists, with chamber music formations and with musicians like pianist Fazil Say, violinist Vilde Frang, conductor Jonathan Stockhammer and the NDR Bigband.

Duncan Ward – conductor

Dirigent Duncan Ward
Duncan Ward © Sophie Wolter
  • About Duncan Ward

    Duncan Ward is one of today’s most exciting and versatile young conductors. He regularly works with the best international ensembles, and makes guest appearances at top concert and opera venues. In September 2021 he is due to take up the position of Chief Conductor of the Philharmonie Zuidnederland (Suth Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra). He also heads the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra, which forms part of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

    Duncan Ward has recently taken the rostrum to lead the Dresdner Staatskapelle, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. He also conducted the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in a live radio broadcast.

    Duncan Ward is also a successful composer, and his works have been performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Backstage: Jugendclub am Deutschen Schauspielhaus

Himmelblau © Andreas Schlieter
  • About Backstage

    The youth club of the Deutsches Schauspielhaus theatre offers opportunities and exciting projects to all young people who want to act and be involved in drama. Be it improvisation, performance, dance or developing one’s own play: at Backstage, interested young people can put their ideas into practice with imagination and artistic support.

About the production

Imagine leaving your whole life behind you: you pack your rucksack, walk out the door, down the street and keep on going until the roofs of the city are just dots on the horizon. All your worries, exam stress and obligations fall away. You feel lighter and you continue walking towards a new life…

People have always yearned for a self-determined life, free of pressures and constraints: Joseph von Eichendorff in his writing, Ludwig van Beethoven in his music. But what are we actually searching for? And how far can we go without jeopardising community? These are the questions explored by the performers of the Backstage Jugendclub des Deutschen Schauspielhauses in the production »Taugenichts« (Good-For-Nothing). Inspired by Eichendorff’s novella »From the Life of a Good-For-Nothing«, this production tells a story about breaking free and returning home, about love and identity, in colourful scenes.

The young musicians of the Junge Norddeutsche Philharmonie provide the perfect musical accompaniment. They will be performing excerpts from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, which is also known as the »Pastoral« Symphony because of the many descriptions of nature – shepherd’s music, thunderstorms and a country festival – it contains. In addition, they also present compositions by Daniel Roth and Lennard Zander, who, as the Backstage band with parts of the orchestra under conductor Duncan Ward, developed them for the stage choreographies. 

By the way...

In the eighth episode of the Elbphilharmonie’s »Kopfhörer« podcast, Jonas from the Backstage Jugendclub and Esther and Anne from the Elbphilharmonie team share insights into the production. They’ll be discussing the big questions: what connects language and music? And what does it all come down to when you’re performing on stage?

Note: All Hamburg International Music Festival 2021 concerts are available to stream free of charge. Once premiered, each concert stream can be accessed for the whole festival period.


Supported by the Kühne Foundation, the Hamburg Ministry of Culture and Media, Stiftung Elbphilharmonie and the Förderkreis Internationales Musikfest Hamburg

Supported by KRAVAG Versicherungen

Funded by Classical Futures Europe and the European Union’s Creative Europe programme.

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