Veldhuis & Kemper
Veldhuis & Kemper is a Dutch cabaret and music duo, consisting of Remco Veldhuis and Richard Kemper. The duo was brought together in 1997 by a mutual friend who got tired of hearing from both of them that they wanted to be on stage. Neither of them had theater experience, but that same evening there appeared to be chemistry between the two.
In the two years that followed, they got to know each other better. In 1999 Veldhuis & Kemper finished second behind Marc-Marie Huijbregts at the Camerettenfestival. In 2002 Veldhuis & Kemper premiered the first full-length cabaret program Half zo Echt, with the final song “Ik Wou Dat Ik Jou Was”. The song reached number two in the Dutch Top 40 and became the most played Dutch song in 2003. Its was also voted the fourth Best Dutch song of all time. In June 2003 the debut album Half zo Echt was released with eleven other songs in addition to “Ik Wou Dat Ik Jou Was”. The album went gold and received an Edison Music Award in the category Best Cabaret/Listening Song.
In November 2006, Veldhuis & Kemper’s fourth program was premiered: ‘Tijd heelt alle Zonden’. ‘Tijd heelt alle Zonden’ played the 2006/2007 season and is in reprise in 2007/2008. In total, the program has been played more than 200 times.
In 2004 the musical duo was the support act for Marco Borsato in a sold-out Kuip six times and performed several times as part of a larger program in Ahoy and the “Gala van het Nederlandse Lied”. When Veldhuis & Kemper were nominated as Best Pop Group National at the TMF Awards in 2004, it was their best joke to date, according to the duo.
In the meantime they have released five albums. In the 2014-2015 theater season they were in theaters with their 8th program, Of de Gladiolen.
After playing some tryouts of their new full-length performance “Hou dat” in 2020, their theater tour had to be shut down indefinitely due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in the Netherlands.