B’Rock Orchestra

© B'Rock - Mirjam Devriendt
© B'Rock - Mirjam Devriendt

B’Rock Orchestra was set up in Ghent in 2005 on the basis of an urge for renewal and rejuvenation in the world of Early Music. The selected international musicians specialise in historically well-founded performance practices. They distinguish themselves by their open mind and flexibility of repertoire and playing style.

In the choices it makes for its concert programmes, B’Rock combines established works of baroque composition with the lesser-known repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries. In addition, the orchestra pursues a bold and innovative programme policy in which early and contemporary music meet and enrich each other. It focuses especially on giving first performances of new music written with its historic instruments in mind. But the orchestra also has a reputation for cross-genre productions. Early music in combination with theatre, visual art and/or video also form part of the orchestra’s DNA.

B’Rock Orchestra regularly engages prominent guest conductors and soloists such as René Jacobs, Jérémie Rhorer, Leonardo García Alarcón, Peter Dijkstra, Bejun Mehta, Alexander Melnikov, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Dmitry Sinkovsky, Sophie Karthäuser and many others. B’Rock also frequently collaborates with such leading choral ensembles such as RIAS Kammerchor, Collegium Vocale Ghent, the Nederlands Kamerkoor and Cappella Amsterdam. B’Rock has developed structural partnerships in the fields of opera and musical theatre with De Munt/La Monnaie and Muziektheater Transparant.

The orchestra gives about 45 concerts every season, both in Belgium and abroad. It is for example a regular guest at Muziekcentrum de Bijloke, Bozar, KlaraFestival, De Munt/La Monnaie, deSingel, AMUZ, Concertgebouw Bruges, MAfestival and the Festival of Flanders Mechelen. Internationally, the orchestra has already been invited to numerous major concert halls and festivals such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Cité de la Musique Paris, Kölner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wigmore Hall, Holland Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, Operadagen Rotterdam, Rheingau Musik Festival, Bremen Musikfest, Innsbrucker Festwochen der alten Musik, Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, Styriarte in Graz and Wratislawia Cantans. In the first part of 2016, B’Rock has two opera projects in Brussels and will give concerts in Utrecht, Hall in Tirol, Vilnius, Amsterdam (Holland Festival), Bochum (Ruhrtriennale) and Innsbruck.

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Concerts 2018
15 February 2018 Laeiszhalle Hamburg (NDR Das Alte Werk) – Johann Joseph Fux: Overture no. in 4 D major  / Concerto D major “le dolcezze e l’amarezze della notte” – Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in F major per molti strumenti RV 569 / Concerto in D major “Per la Solennità di San Lorenzo” RV 562 – Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber: Battalia a 10 in D major – Georg Philipp Telemann: Concerto in A major “Die Frösche” TWV 51:A4 (Dmitry Sinkovsky: musical leader and solo violine)
11 March 2018 Alte Oper Frankfurt – Franz Schubert: Symphony no. 1 in D major D.82 / Gioachino Rossini: Arias / Franz Schubert: Symphony no. 6 in C major D.589 (René Jacobs, Ann Hallenberg, mezzo-soprano)
19 March 2018 Graf-Zeppelin-Haus Friedrichshafen – Franz Schubert: Symphony no. 1 in D major D.82 / Gioachino Rossini: Arias / Franz Schubert: Symphony no. 6 in C major D.589 (René Jacobs / Ann Hallenberg, mezzo-soprano)
13 May 2018 Bachfest Schaffhausen – Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor BWV 232 (Ivor Bolton / Balthasar Neumann Chor)

 

Projects 2018/19
25 May – 05 June 2019 – Schubert Cycle II – Franz Schubert: Symphony no. 2 in B-flat major D.125, Symphony no. 4 in C minor “The Tragic” D.417 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozert: Arias (René Jacobs / Anna-Lucia Richter, soprano tbc.)
12 – 20 December 2018 – A Roman Christmas – Antonio Caldara: Cantata di Natale ‘Vaticini di Pace’ a quattro voci
(Johanna Winkel, soprano tbc / Grace Davidson, soptrano / Delphine Galou, mezzosoprano tbc /tenor)
15 – 30 April 2019 – Te Deum – Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Te Deum H. 146 / Henry Purcell: Hail! Bright Cecilia, Z. 328 (Lionel Meunier / Vox Luminis)

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“It’s a very special experience, from which the world can learn a great deal.” – General Director Hendrik Storme about B’Rock at Bachtrack.

“High tension from the first to the last bar” – Klaus Linsenmeyer at Mannheimer Morgen about Life, Love & Lust in Würzburg

Eleonore Büning from German newspaper FAZ about the opening of the Ruhrtriennale 2016.