Anniversary book and CD 'Westerveld' for Prime Minister

From left to right: Henry Keizer, Mark Rutte (Prime Minister of the Netherlands) and Franc Weerwind.

On 2 June, at the Westerveld Crematorium, Henry Keizer, President & CEO of 'the Facultatieve Group', officially handed Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the Mayor of Velsen, Franc M. Weerwind, the first copies of the book ‘Westerveld – 125 years a cemetery, 100 years a crematorium’ and the CD ‘Music in Memoriam’. This presentation was then followed by a Concerto in Memoriam in the memorial park.

First crematorium of the Netherlands
Westerveld Cemetery was founded 125 years ago (in 1888). 100 years ago, in 1913,  the Royal ‘Facultatieve’ built the first crematorium in the Netherlands at the cemetery. Not only did we commission an anniversary book to celebrate this event, but we also made a CD containing a selection of the music most requested at funerals over the last 125 years. Both the book and the CD are available at Westerveld.

Concerto in Memoriam

During the Concerto in Memoriam on 2 June, a large number of pieces were played that are on the CD. Pieces including the Largo, the Final Chorus of St Matthew Passion and the Ave Maria, as well as Amazing Grace, Land of Hope and Glory, Candle in the Wind and Time to Say Goodbye. The music was performed by the internationally renowned Westlands Male Voice Choir conducted by Hans de Wit, young talent of the Royal Conservatoire and the soloists Lilian Farahani and Rutger de Vries. Mayor Franc M. Weerwind of the Velsen municipality gave an impressive Word of Comfort.

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