Under the leadership of Ruud Pletting, HCT won a first prize at a competition in 1989 for the first time in 22 years; this happened in the Excellence department, two departments lower than the last first price that was still achieved in the Banner department.
In 1990, at the initiative of Petra Wals, a recorder class was started again, in which 19 children sat. In the years that followed, several of them became members of the association.
Other rehearsal space
Because of successive rent increases, the board decided to look for a rehearsal room other than the Zonnehuis. The ‘home’ De Werf on the Klinkerweg had a restaurant, where the harmony could rehearse and also store the instruments. In 1992 this became the regular rehearsal room of HCT.
In the meantime Marcel Visser became the new conductor of HCT in December 1991. In February 1993 he was succeeded by Theo Jansen.
In 1992 the 70-year anniversary passed in relative silence; it was decided to save the forces for the celebration of the 75th anniversary. However, there was a jubilee concert that year and there was a nice day out in the autumn to Antwerp, where a concert was given in the local zoo.
orchestra The number of young members increased again thanks to the recorder class and in early 1992 HCT was able to form a training orchestra again. Ron Overeem took over the lead for the first time, later succeeded by Joke Hagedoorn. Musically, the orchestra improved, so that during competitions in 1993 and 1994 a first prize was achieved. The result of this was that HCT again promoted to the Honorary Department in 1994.
In 1995, HCT was given the honor to be invited by the famous theater group Dogtroep to co-operate in a theater show in pop temple Paradiso in Amsterdam. On three consecutive evenings the members of HCT felt like real artists. For an enthusiastic audience, Dogtroep music was performed by a number of different ensembles. Apotheosis of the evening was the performance of a piece by all the music groups present.
Another highlight in 1995 was the liberation concert that HCT gave on 5 May in response to fifty years of liberation. The concert took place in the Bethelkerk and the companion Wilhelmus, the songs of Vera Lynn and ‘Land of hope and glory’ gave many people a goosebump.
1997: 75th anniversary
The annual program now has its regular recurring concerts and collaborations: a spring concert and a Christmas concert (sometimes interspersed with a New Year’s concert), the Abco concerts (subscription concerts), participation in the Dam to Dam Run running competition and the four-day event in Amsterdam North. Once a year, the spring market at De Werf is also graced with music. In addition, there is still the obligation to award three subsidy concerts per year, which in recent years must also take place in Amsterdam-Noord. On 4 May, cooperation will be given to the ecumenical memorial service, the silent march and the commemoration at the monument. Lastly, the training orchestra participates in the festival for student orchestras in Heiloo every year, and invariably opens its own spring and Christmas concerts. The 75th anniversary has been celebrated extensively. The highlight was the reunion and the photo exhibition in the Zonnehuis. In 1998 HCT, led by Theo Jansen, won second place at the BAAM festival and a second place at the competition in the Ere-afdeling, where we were promoted to four years ago. Mandatory work was Three Czech Dances and the optional Fifth suite for band.