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Laus Polyphoniae 2020 "Polyphony connects"

Antwerp put polyphony in the spotlight once again this summer. Laus Polyphoniae, the largest festival in the world focusing exclusively on European polyphonic heritage from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, was turned into a virtual festival, "Polyphony connects", with musical gems from the period between 1250 and 1650, and a bonus excursion to the present day in the form of James MacMillan’s Miserere. Polyphony connects was popular from Europe to the United States and from Asia to New Zealand. People everywhere watched and listened in droves, and the reactions were overwhelmingly positive.

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Voices of Passion 2020 becomes Voices of Passion 2021 XL

30CC, the City of Leuven and the Alamire Foundation have decided that the Voices of Passion Festival, that had to be cancelled due to the measures against the spread of the corona-virus, will be postponed until next Spring.

From April 29 until May 9, 2021, Voices of Passion 2021 "XL" will not only offer roughly the same program as scheduled for 2020, but on top of that the Festival will be enhanced by remarkable performances on the occasion of the 500th birthday of Philippus de Monte (Mechelen 1521 - Prague 1603).

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Ensembles in residence

Park Collegium

Park Collegium is the house ensemble of the Alamire Foundation, in residence at the House of Polyphony. The aim of this vocal group is to explore 15th and 16th Century polyphony from the source. Park Collegium has a variable number of members, special attention is given to young, promising singers wishing to deepen their knowledge on and experience with this historic repertoire. In line with the mission of the House, Park Collegium essentially performs practice based research. It is a living laboratory on the intersection between artistic practice and scientific study. Park Collegium is led by Stratton Bull and Pieter Stas.

Cappella Pratensis

Cappella Pratensis, founded in 1987, mainly sings music from the period between 1450 and 1600. During that time, the polyphony of Franco-Flemish composers such as Josquin Desprez, Jean Mouton, Pierre de La Rue Jacob Clemens non Papa, Johannes Ockeghem and Guillaume Dufay world leader. Cappella presents ongoing special programs and original designs. Thus, the ensemble released in 2016 with the Dutch Chamber Choir eight concerts around the Missa Unitatis Antony Pitts and sang it in concert season "Christmas with Josquin 'in Amsterdam, Almere Westzaan, Utrecht and Den Bosch. The singers sing facsimiles of original choir books. Artistic director of the ensemble Stratton Bull.

Cappella Pratensis website

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