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Collegium Vocale Gent (Vocal & Instrumental Ensemble)

Founded: 1970 - Gent (Ghent), Belgium

In the course of more than 30 years since it was founded, the Collegium Vocale of Ghent (or Gent) (= CVG) has established a truly worldwide reputation in the field of classical music. This is clearly no mere chance occurence but is the fruit of years of consistent and methodical effort and artistic vision.

Founded in 1970 at the initiative of Philippe Herreweghe, this group of singers was the first in the 1970s to extend the new principles of style for the performance of baroque music to vocal music. Instrumentalists had allready been searching for a number of years for a performing style more in the line with the historical context. To this end, they referred back to original source material, which they subjected to detailed study, and made use of authentic period instruments.

Consequently, it is not surprising that musicians such as Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman and Nikolaus Harnoncourt soon expressed an interest in the parallel approach which the Flemish group had adopted in the field of vocal music. This resulted in an intense cooperation, both on stage and in recordings. Philippe Herreweghe has allways been conscious of the value of such a cooperation and because of that the group still works regularly with different conductors (Sigiswald Kuijken, Paul Van Nevel, René Jacobs) and different orchestras such as La Petite Bande, the Concertgebouw Orchestra or the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

The repertoire of Collegium Vocale can not be trapped within one style period. The ensemble made an inportant contribution concerning the rediscovery of polyphonic renaissance music. Regularly the classical and romantic repertoire is programmed, and every now and then the ensemble performes contemporary music. However the ensemble is and remains most known for its outstanding performances of German Baroque music, in particular the music of J.S. Bach.

Throughout the years Collegium Vocale has made a wide collection of recordings. A capella, together with the Orchestre des Champs Elysées, the choir of La Chapelle Royale from Paris or with other vocal and instrumental ensembles, more than sixty recordings were realized for the labels Harmonia Mundi France, Virgin Classics, Accent, Ricercar and Telefunken. Apart from that Collegium Vocale is a regular guest at all major music festivals throughout Europe. The ensemble visited the USA, South America and Israel, and and made a tour of Japan in 1998.

Since 1993 the Collegium Vocale was appointed "Cultural Ambassador of Flanders" by the Flemish Government. The ensemble is also supported by the Province of East Flanders.

Members of the Collegium Vocale Gent Choir (1987-2013):





Gundula Anders
Charlotte Ashley
Ulrike Barth
Anja Bittner
Hana Blažíková
Zoë Brown
Wilke te Brummelstroete
Edwige Cardoen
Marie-Hélène Chesneau
Annelies Coene
Delphine Collot
Goedele Debelder
Ellen Van Ham
Susan Hamilton
Ulrike Hofbauer
Barbora Kabatková
Cécile Kempenaers
Maria Köpcke
Anette Lösch
Dorothee Mields
Anne Mopin
Caroline Pelon
Esther Putter
Elisabeth Rave
Hilde Van Ruymbeke
Josie Ryan
Marjo van Someren
Zsuzsi Tóth
Lut Van de Velde
Brigitte Verkinderen
Dominique Verkinderen
Isabelle Voßkühler
Marie Luise Werneburg
Kristen Witmer
Anne-Kristin Zschunke

Betty van den Berghe
Bernadette Bouthoorn
Edzard Burchards
Marnix De Cat
Laia Cortés-Calafell
Uwe Czyborra-Schröder
Beat Duddeck
Steve Dugardin
Christopher Field
Yvonne Fuchs
Damien Guillon
Rik Jacobs
Robert Kuizenga
Roland Kunz
Daniel Lager
Mieke van Laren
Cécile Pilorger
Helena Poczykowska
Alex Potter
Lucile Richardot
Alexander Schneider
Simon Schoutcn
Uwe Czyborra-Schröder
Claudia Türpe
Bart Uvyn
Henning Voss
Lisinka de Vries
Matthew White
Mieke Wouters
Martin van der Zeijst
Jan Zwerver

Malcolm Bennett
Paul Bentley
André Berkvens
Raphaël Boulay
Robert Buckland
Friedemann Büttner
André Cats
Bernd Fröhlich
Stephan Gähler
Johannes Gaubitz
Benjamin Glaubitz
Amine Hadef
Jan Herman
Thomas Hobbs
Gerhard Hölzle
Paul Hörmann
Philippe van Isacker
Hans Hermann Jansen
Thomas Kelly
William Knight
Jan Kobow
Tomáš Lajtkep
Koen Laukens
Vincent Lesage
Stephane Leys
Joost van der Linden
Sebastian Lipp
Ulrich Löns
Hans Jörg Mammel
Dan Martin
Tom Phillips
José Pizarro
Markus Schuck
Uwe Schulze
Koen van Stade
Joël Suhubiette
Dominique Toulemonde
Warren Trevelyan-Jones
Réne Veen

Paul Van den Berghe
Vincent Bouchot
Nicolas Boulanger
Matthew Brook
Pieter Coene
William Dawes
Erks Jan Dekker
Jan Depuydt
Christoph Dobmeier
Stefan Drexlmeier
Matthias Jahrmärker
Peter Kooy
Matthias Lutze
Renaud Machart
Lionel Meunier
Sebastian Myrus
Louis-Pierre Patron
Edmund Saddington
Christophe Sam
Jean-Claude Sarragosse
Martin Schicketanz
Wilhelm Schwinghammer
Alois Späth
René Steur
Bart Vandewege
Frits Vanhulle
Robert van der Vinne
Jurgen Vollens
Paul Willenbrock

Members of the Collegium Vocale Gent Orchestra (1987-2013):

Violins: Robert Anneda, Caroline Bayet, Christine Busch [Leader], Adrian Chamorro, Daniel Deuter, Florian Deuter [Leader], Robert Diggens, Mira Glodeanu [Leader], Joanna Huszcza, Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch [Leader], Thérèse Kipfer, Mario Konaka, Michyio Kondo, Paulien Kostenze, Paul Lindenauer, Baptiste Lopez, Corrado Masoni, Dietlind Mayer, Alessandro Moccia, Diane Moore, Martha Moore, Attilio Motzo, Bénédicte Pernet, Andreas Preuss, Veronica Schepping Maia Silberstein
Violas: Pieter Van Boxelaere, Paul De Clerck, Kaat De Cock, Nadine Davin, Andreas Gerhardus, Hiltrud Hampe, Martin Kelly, Catherine Puig, Wendy Ruymen, Jean-Luc Thonnerieux, Udbhava Wilson-Meyer
Viola d'amore:
Violoncellos: Harm-Jan Schwitters, Ageet Zweistra, Tom De Vaere
Viola da gamba: Philippe Pierlot
Double-basses: Jonathan Cable, Miriam Shalinsky
Lute: Matthias Spaeter
Recorders: Bart Coen, Koen Dieltiens, Marleen Vertommen
Transverse Flutes: Patrick Beuckels, Marion Hofmockel, Jan De Winne
Oboes/Oboes d'amore: Frank de Bruine, Taka Kitazato, Anne Van Lancker, Timothée Oudinot, Marcel Ponseele
Oboe da caccia:
Bassoons: Marilyn Boenau, Margaret Bongers, Julien Debordes, Philippe Miqueu
Trumpets: Leif Bengtsson, Stephen Keavy, Per Olof Lindeke, William O'Sullivan, Robert Vanryne, Maarten Van Weverwijk, Susan Williams
Tromba da tirarsi: Alain De Budder
Corno da tirarsi: Alain De Budder
Timpani: Benedict Hoffnung, Francoise Rivalland
Organ: Maude Gratton, Herman Stinders

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Source: Collegium Vocale Website (March 1999)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2001, April-May 2015)

Philippe Herreweghe: Short Biography | La Chapelle Royale | Collegium Vocale Gent
Recordings of Vocal Works:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | General Discussions: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
Individual Recordings:
Cantatas BWV 29, 119 & 120 - P. Herreweghe | Christmas Cantatas from Leipzig - P. Herreweghe | Weinen Klagen.. Cantata BWV 12, 38 & 75 - P. Herreweghe | BWV 232 - P. Herreweghe | BWV 244 - P. Herreweghe | BWV 245 - P. Herreweghe | BWV 248 - P. Herreweghe
Table of recordings by BWV Number




Marcus Creed


G.F. Handel: Brockes Passion, HWV 48 [TV Broadcast]

Gustav Leonhardt


BWV 106 [1st, TV]

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