They started playing music early. Very early. When they were in kindergarten. And then they practiced, practiced, practiced. And they kept seeking out better and better teachers. They gave it their all at talent competitions and won over audiences everywhere. And of course they kept practicing, practicing, practicing. No pain, no gain. They studied at the world’s best music schools and gained experience playing with famous orchestras. Until they finally dared audition for the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester.
“The musicians of the Gewandhausorchester are of course virtuosos on their instruments,” says Benedikt Noormann, Head of Value Added Logistics at DHL Global Event Logistics. “At the same time, they are just people like me and you. People who don’t want to have to worry about whether their things are stored properly while touring and whether they arrive on time and intact to the next concert.”
As official logistics partner since 2009, DHL makes sure that everything arrives on time and intact. “We do everything to make sure the musicians can just concentrate on their job onstage,” explains Benedikt Noormann who regularly supports the Gewandhausorchester on its world tours.
DHL brings a ton of logistics experience to the task. Successfully transporting cargo of the Gewandhausorchester relies on the comprehensive know-how and dedication of the DHL team. Doing the job right also requires the right technical equipment. The valuable wood instruments, for example, are transported in shock-proof and temperature controlled crates, with the internal temperature continuously monitored.
All in all, DHL has put together a complete, no-stress service package for the Gewandhausorchester. And if any issues arise, DHL has the people in place to resolve them. “We have dedicated contact persons, so there is always someone available to offer immediate assistance with any problems that might arise,” explains Christian Fanghänel, Head of Fundraising for the Gewandhausorchester. “The musicians really appreciate it, because they don’t have to worry about their equipment. They can just focus on making world-class music.”
For logistics pro Benedikt Noormann, the collaboration with the Gewandhausorchester is a great working relationship characterized by mutual appreciation: “Perfection is always the result of desire and ability. That goes for both the orchestra on the big stage and for the logistics team behind the scenes.” And that’s why Noormann is so excited about the Asia tour. “It’s good for everyone that the orchestra is getting out again – and that we’re getting out too. Music is like logistics: it connects people to each other.”