After 1993 Longshanks sort of slipped from
the spotlights. Jan van der Lugt and Hans
van Lint were both very busy with their band Iceparty
and besides that Hans had started to quite successfully
manifest himself as a singer/songwriter. André
Kamer had started to concentrate more and more
on writing classically oriented music and soundtrack
The passing away of his father (January 28th 1995)
inspired him to write a full size Requiem (November
Still he kept returning to symphonic rock and over
the years wrote a number of instrumental themes of
which most are still awaiting recording and releasing.
When André moved from Delft to Amersfoort
in 1999, it looked like Longshanks was to definitely
become a one-man band.
The wedding plans of a close friend from Delft (Anne
Leupen) prompted André to pick up on a
long standing idea: to write a Suite, according to
classical rules, but with a modern twist. This became
the Bridal Suite, a project in which he wrote
dedicated pieces of music to consecutive wedding couples.
Each piece was based on a dance and was a marriage
between classical and contemporary music.
- Courante (2002)
- Prelude (2004)
- Tango (2004-05)
Besides that he also wrote an instrumental symphonic
rock piece (started in the spring of 2002, finished
in November 2004), called "I Have a Dream",
which he dedicated to Martin Luther King. The
piece was primarely inspired by the wars in Afghanistan
and Iraq and by the mounting tension between Muslims
and anti-Muslims in the Netherlands in the wake of