1000 Voices become One at Koekelberg Basilica

Inhoud concert 9 nov

Program 9/11

More than a 1000 singers, professional and non-professional, unite with the Brussels Philharmonic in their commitment to art and music. The 9th of November 2014 will mark the climax of an intense week of meetings and singing together. Under the direction of Estonian conductor Andres Mustonen, we will hear music by the Chinese top composer Tan Dun, the young and promising Norwegian Ola Gjeilo, the Russian grand dame Sofia Gubaidulina and the Belgian André Devaere. The latter was a musician and composer who fell in battle in 1914 at a very young age. Furthermore, this music will be alternated with universal poems and diary excerpts from the First World War.

The world première of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Dies Illa symbolises the urgency of the message of 1000 Voices for Peace: HOPE! The hope that we must always keep alive to strive for a peaceful global community. Penderecki dedicates his work to all victims of the First World War.

With a connection to the International Space Station (ISS), Flanders Festival Brussels looks to the future. Literally beyond all borders people have been working together peacefully while their home countries have been in conflict with each other time and again over the last 100 years. We will receive a message of peace from astronauts Alexander Gerst, Max Surayev and Reid Wiseman  from the European Space Agency (ESA). A strong message!

With his unrelenting commitment for sustainable peace, Herman Van Rompuy put an indelible stamp on the new European presidency he held for five years. As he quotes:

“The ode to joy is the ode to life- our human inspiration. And there is no life without peace.”

With the concert on 9 November 2014, Flanders Festival Brussels also turns the spotlight to his inspiring and driving spirit as a bridge builder between countries and cultures.

Musical Direction: Andres Mustonen

Production and artistic coordination:
Anthony Heidweiller

Orchestra: Brussels Philharmonic

Soloists: Agnieszka Rehlis, Johanna Rusanen, Nikolay Didenko
ActressIsnelle Da Silveira
OrganistCindy Castillo
Cellist soloistLuc Tooten
Recorder soloist: Felix Casaer
Student Colom: Clélia Twagirayesu
Presenter: Laurent Graulus


Tan Dun, Hero Concerto, VIII “Sorrow in the Desert”
Ola Gjeilo, Sunrise Mass III “The City”

Catalan anthem, El cant dell Ocells
Sofie Gubaidulina, The rider on the white horse

Andre Devaere, Preludium en fugue, preludium

Krzysztof Penderecki, Dies Illa for 3 soloists, 3 mixed choirs and orchestra.
Assignment creation Flanders Festival with the support of the Polish Institute Brussel, cultural service of the embassy of the republic of Poland in Brussels.

The choirs:

University Choir Ghent, Female Choir Makeblijde (Zele), Boys Choir In Dulci Jubilo (Sint-Niklaas), Chamber Choir Furiant (Ghent), Vocal ladies’ ensemble Arabesk (Ghent), Con Cuore (Waregem), Chamber Choir of Ypres (Ypres), Cantores (Bruges), University Choir Leuven, Octopus Chamber Choir (Antwerp), Villanella Youth Choir (Laakdal), Helicon (Lier), Choir of Don Bosco (Hoboken), Cathedral Choir Hasselt, Ensemble Mantelius (Kuringen), Amabile (Neerpelt), Sing-in BOZAR (Brussels), Colom (choir of the Royal Atheneum Koekelberg Brussels), Café Latte (Choir of the VUB), La Villanelle (Waterloo), Ensemble vocal du Conservatoire de Tournai (Tournai).

Brighton Secondary School Vocal Ensemble (Australia), Hart House Chorus (Canada), The Trinity Church’s Boys & Mens Choir (Denmark), Junges Vokalensemble Hannover (Germany), Voces Musicales (Estonia), BA Voice and Dance Choir, University of Limerick (Ireland), Zvjezdice (Croatia), Female choir BALTA (Latvia), Suanplu Chorus (Thailand), Lautitia (Hungary), Medici Cantantes (Poland), Canzona Neosolium (Slovakia), Amsterdam Student Choir (The Netherlands), Amadeus Chamber Choir (Malta), Senior Chamber Choir of Hereford Cathedral School (UK), Lycée Aline Mayrisch Choir (Luxemburg), Nagaland Singing Ambassadors (India).


  • Concert date: 2014-11-09 , 17:00 pm
  • Concert duration: 90 minutes
  • Concert location: National Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Koekelberg