The century-old Broekmans & Van Poppel store, where maestros bought their batons and scores, is closing down.
Rents are up and business is down. The family can’t afford to keep the store open next door to the Concertgebouw for musicians to drop in all day long. They are moving out to Badhoeverdorp, near Schipol airport.
Now there’s nowhere left to buy music in central Amsterdam.
Willem Mengelberg used to shop at B&VP. And Jacques Brel.