Merel started an initiative together with composer Mathilde Wantenaar and the Alkmaars Symfonie Orkest to have a violin concerto written specially for violin and amateur orchestra, which is unique in Western art music. The Concerto premiered on the 20th of May 2017 with the Alkmaars Symfonie Orkest, and will also be performed by other orchestras afterwards. The composition was funded by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, VSBfonds, and Hofsteestichting.
The collaboration between Merel and Mathilde started when Merel performed this work for violin and piano by Mathilde Wantenaar:
And this is the resulting composition for violin and orchestra: