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La Chapelle des Minimes: Les Cantates de J.S. Bach

Name:

La Chapelle des Minimes: Les Cantates de J.S. Bach

Location:

Brussels, Belgium

Venues:

Minimes Church, 62 Rue des Minimes, 1000 Brussels

Years:

Since 1981 (Cantata Series)

Months:

September-June (10 concerts a year; 2-3 cantatas are performed in each concert)

Artistic Director:

Swannah Hardi (1981-)
Claude Van Reeth
Joz Swinnen (October 1982 - March 1987)
Jacques Vanherenthals & Adrian Knortt (May 1987 - June 1994)
Jacques Vanherenthals (September 1994 - 2005)
Julius Stenzel (2005-Present), supported by Philippe Gérard, Jan Caals, Benoît Jacquemin, and Piers Maxims (guest conductors)

Ensembles:

Choir and Orchestra of the Chapelle des Minimes

Website:

La Chapelle des Minimes

History & Mission:

The Chapelle des Minimes has been performing the cantatas of J.S. Bach once a month in the Church of the Minimes, near the Sablon in Brussels, since its inauguration in October, 1981 by Swannah Hardi, an English university professor. Concerts of Bach's cantatas have taken place on the last Sunday of the month without interruption for over 25 years.

For 15 years the bulk of the work was done by violist Claude Van Reeth. They attract a faithful audience of about knowledgeable music-lovers. To date, over 190 cantatas have been performed, along with some of J.S. Bach's major works : the Great B Minor Mass (BWV 232), the Passion according to St John (BWV 245), the Magnificat (BWV 243), the Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) ...

Since its inception the Choir has attracted singers of many nationalities : English, German, Scandinavian, French, Belgian, Dutch, Scottish, Portuguese, Danish and Irish - all amateurs, but with solid musical and vocal experience.

In the Orchestra, the players are also excellent amateurs, some with Conservatoire diplomas and supported from the outset by professional musicians, two of whom, Julius Stenzel (cellist) and Jacques Vanherenthals (composer, double bass player, conducter and directory of the Académie de Musique de Forest) have been responsible for the artistic direction of the Chapelle since 1987. Now Julius Stenzel has taken the direction, with Philippe Gérard as guest conductor. The professional musicians work with the amateurs in the spirit of an on-going workshop.

In the same perspective, the soloists are young professional singers, for whom these concerts give a platform on which to further their talents. Other, confirmed professional singers, have been supported the work of the group since 1981 by allowing this non-profit organisation to use their skills and voices. So, over the years the Chapelle des Minimes has proven fertile soil for the training experience of their young singers.

The Choir and Orchestra of the Chapelle des Minimes has every intention of pursuing this exceptional journey into the religious works of Bach, one of the major composers of western music and in so doing to enrich in its particular way the musical life of Brussels.

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26th Season
2006-2007

Oct 1, 2006

Nov 1, 2006

Dec 10, 2006

Dec 17, 2006

Feb 11, 2007

Apr 29, 2007

May 20, 2007

27th Season
2007-2008

Mar 2008

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May 2008

Jun 2008

28th Season
2008-2009

Sep 2008

Oct 2008

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Jan 2009

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Jun 2009

29th Season
2009-2010

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Oct 2009

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30th Season
2010-2011
31st Season
2011-2012

32nd Season
2012-2013

Sep 2012

 

Source: La Chapelle des Minimes | Cécile Nève de Mévergnies - Présidente, La Chapelle des Minimes (January 2010); Jean-Pierre Kains (September 2010, September 2011, December 2011, August 2012)

Prepared by Aryeh Oron (January 2009 - September 2012)

Jacques Vanherenthals: Short Biography | Chapelle des Minimes | Recordings of Vocal Works | General Discussions | La Chapelle des Minimes: Les Cantates de J.S. Bach

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