DHL have joined together with the German symphony orchestra, Gewandhausorchestra, as their official support and logistics partner during their tour across Asia this year. Having been Gewandhausorchestra’s logistics partner since 2005, DHL will be responsible for the transport of the orchestra’s 115 musical instrument and complete orchestral equipment shipment, including music stands and stools, as well as the conductor’s rostrum and wardrobe, with the shipment having an estimated value of about 2.5 million Euros.
The tour will see the orchestra commence on March the 14th in the Chinese city of Shanghai, with the tour then moving on to Japan. The orchestra’s director Andreas Schulz has said “We have been touring Asia regularly since 1961. This is already our third Asian tour together with DHL. The cooperation has stood its test and we know that we can rely on our equipment being transported in a punctual and secure manner. We look forward to being able to focus fully on our music.” The concerts are to take place over a span of ten days with the tour due to conclude on March the 23rd in Tokyo.
DHL will be responsible for the safe and secure transport for the highly fragile instruments, with some of them even being irreplaceable. DHL have ensured that special, shock absorbent packaging materials are to be used that can also monitor the temperature of the instruments. DHL are aware of the duty they have been given, with DHL’s Trade Fairs and Events Managing Director Vincenzo Scrudato describing that “this calls for a very stringent schedule” that needs to be followed in great detail. Having planned the logistics surrounding the concert tour for approximately two years, DHL will face challenges in the short time gaps between the concerts themselves.
The opening concerts in Shanghai will be broadcast live on the 14th and 15th March for fans to watch online from all over the world. The concerts will be viewable from DHL’s website from 12:30pm (CET) on both days.