Biography Fred Vogels

Fred Vogels (1954)
At age seventeen, Fred Vogels entered the Royal Conservatoire for his admission exam for the flute. However, he stumbled into the percussion room instead and immediately fell in love with the instruments there. He bought a pair of sticks and entered the admission exam, three weeks later, for percussion instead. He passed the exam and was taken on by the director of the Conservatoire, not because of his accomplishments on the drums but because of his exceptional hearing. One year later he played his first concerts with The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra, amongst others under the legendary conductor Willem van Otterloo. Many concerts and tours would follow, also with other well-known symphonic orchestras such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Westdeutsche Rundfunk Orchestra and the Dutch Radio Orchestras.
In the same period Fred Vogels co-founded the Percussion Group The Hague, which became famous around the world in contemporary music. This ensemble made many tours and played world premieres at countless international festivals and on radio and television abroad and at home. Fred Vogels also played in a number of ensembles such as the Dutch Wind Ensemble, the Schönberg Ensemble, the Dutch Chamber Choir and many other ensembles and orchestras.
His first compositions were made in this period when he wrote the music for two plays at the The Hague Theatre, now National Theatre. He co-wrote the music for the first play, and then went on by himself. He wrote his first ballet and choir compositions after moving to the east of the Netherlands, where he mostly taught music and played solo concerts (amongst others with the Band of the Royal Air Force).
Some of his solo compositions for marimba were published in Europe in 1992 on the CD Natural. The music was also played at several documentaries for Dutch television and radio. In 1994 Fred Vogels traded his teaching and performance activities for a position as director of a school of music and art. He retained this function until 2004.
His website www.backtonormandy.org has drawn many tens of thousands of visitors and the music samples have been downloaded thousands of times. Since march 2005 Fred Vogels works with the publisher Molenaar, who publishes his orchestrations of Back To Normandy for concertband, brass band and fanfare.
From 2002 on, music again called for his attentions and since then he has made most of his compositions, including the now well-known Back To Normandy series. (www.backtonormandy.org). This music, inspired by D-day, tells in the story of war and peace in about twenty compositions. The euphoria of liberation and especially the commemoration of soldiers: the veterans who fought for the western civilization, often with great sense of self-sacrifice and sometimes paying with their lives. In 2014 Fred Vogels composed the music for an Emmy Awarded documentary Omaha Beach, Honor and Sacrifice. The music was also nominated for the BUMA Award for the best music in documentaries.
Fred Vogels composed many compositions for film, documentaries and television published.

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