Education for advanced musicians

Music at the Burgundian Court

Mon 19 Aug 2019 to Sun 25 Aug 2019
Elzenveld, Lange Gasthuisstraat 45, 2000 Antwerpen

In 2019 Laus Polyphoniae (Festival of Flanders Antwerp) focuses on Mary of Burgundy. Our annual Summerschool on polyphony dives into KBR MS 5557 (choirbook of the court chapel) and KBR MS 9126 (choirbook of Philips the Fair) for a masterclass with a large selection of works by some of the greatest 15th and 16th century polyphonists: such as Du Fay, Ockeghem, Regis, Busnoys and Weerbeke, but also chansons by Ockeghem, Binchois and Hayne. We’ll work on a range of these splendid works, performing directly from the original notation.

Stratton Bull, Andrew Hallock and Pieter Stas of Cappella Pratensis will lead the vocal sessions. Guest teacher Valerie Horst will offer special sessions to unlock the art of reading mensural notation.

Again this year the singers’ course will be divided into 2 groups, one for conservatory students and starting professionals, and the other for advanced amateurs.

Practical information:

Registration: until 1 April 2019
Selection: May 3, 2019
Summerschool: Monday 19 to Sunday 25 August 2019
Final concert: Sunday, August 25, 11 am

Stratton Bull, Pieter Stas and Andrew Hallock (members of Cappella Pratensis). Notation session by Valerie Horst.

*Intended participants
The masterclass is intended for professional and pre-professional singers (group 1), advanced amateurs (group 2).

235 euro
The price includes a selection of five concert tickets for the Laus Polyphoniae Festival. Accommodation is not included, but there are options available in every price category (there is an excellent youth hostel nearby, as well as host families and a wide variety of hotels).

Antwerp, exact location to be determined

Professional and pre-professional participants (group 1) are selected on the basis of their curriculum vitae, an audio or video recording (3’) and a letter of recommendation. Advanced amateurs (group 2) are selected on curriculum vitae and vocal range.

Registration until the 1th of April 2019: click here. The selection of the participants will be communicated on the 3th of May 2019.

An initiative by Musica, Impulse Centre for Music, Cappella Pratensis and AMUZ, Festival of Flanders - Antwerp


International Young Artist’s Presentation 2019

The International Young Artist's Presentation (IYAP) is a coaching and presentation format for young talented ensembles playing historical instruments or taking on historical sources. We challenge ensembles to present an innovative and original programme. To experiment with presentation formats and creative approaches is encouraged.

The coaching sessions - led by one or more leading international artists - are an essential part of IYAP. After the coaching, the ensembles will perform at historical locations in Antwerp during the festival Laus Polyphoniae. During these concerts a lot of Belgian and international organizers will be present. They will give the ensembles tips for their future careers. 

Afterwards, the selected ensembles will be promoted by the IYAP-organizers and will be honoured with the title 'IYAP Selected Promising Ensemble 2018'.

Practical information:

Peter Van Heyghen (Les Muffatti) & Raquel Andueza (La Galanía)

Coaching sessions: Wednesday 14.08.19 to Friday 16.08.19
Concert walk: Saturday 17.08.19 & Sunday 18.08.19, 10.00 (full-day programme)

Concert walk: starts at CC De Kern, Kern 18, 2610 Wilrijk

An initiative of Musica, Impulse Centre for Music and AMUZ, Festival of Flanders - Antwerp