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. Yet, the orchestra has a reputation for cross-genre productions, too. Finally, early music in combination with theatre, visual art and/or video are also a 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. It frequently collaborates with leading choral ensembles such as RIAS Kammerchor, Collegium Vocale Ghent, the Nederlands Kamerkoor and Cappella Amsterdam ND has developed structural partnerships in the fields of opera and musical theatre with De Munt/La Monnaie and Muziektheater Transparant.
„But, under Mr. Jacobs’s baton, B’Rock still sounded like a small chamber orchestra: nimble, clear, precise. And restrained, reserving its most powerful sound for dramatic effect, which added a sense of theater to a piece…”
New York Times, January 2019
„It’s a very special experience, from which the world can learn a great deal.“
Bachtrack, March 2017
SELECTION OF PROJECTS (2023/24)
September 2023 and upon request
Jeanine de Bique, soprano // Andreas Küppers, artistic direction and keyboards instruments // B’Rock Vocal Consort
Versatile Jeanine de Bique, adventurous sister in mind of B’Rock, joins the ensemble for an evening full of change and metamorphosis: transformative experiences of opera protagonists form a caleidoscope of different life changing (or ending) experiences. Interwoven with baroque funeral anthems (from life to death), Jeanine de Bique, B’Rock orchestra and Vocal Consort present musical story-telling at it’s best.
With works by J.-B. Lully, H. Purcell, G.F. Handel
27 September – 1 October 023
Mendelssohn, a new journey
René Jacobs, conductor // Vilde Frang, violin
After the successful Schubert cycle, B’Rock and René Jacobs embark on a new symphonic adventure together.
F. Mendelssohn: 1st & 5th Symphony
F. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
23 February – 2 March 2024
The Lay of Love and Death
Julian Prégardien, Tenor // Andreas Küppers, artistic direction and keyboards instruments
The love of life and the art of dying: two mutually dependent poles of human existence which have inspired countless poets, painters, and composers to take up the underlying sadness about the finiteness of all life and transform it into beauty. Julian Prégardien, known and unanimously beloved for his wonderful voice and his creative concert programs alike, invites the audience to join him and B’Rock in an immersive journey through the centuries, listening to the infinite ways of love and death sounding different and yet eternally the same.
Works by J. Dowland, C. Monteverdi, F. Schubert, G. Mahler, L.G. Lilburn among others.
PAST CONCERTS – A SELECTION
11 + 19 March 2018
B’rock Orchestra, René Jacobs, Robin Johanssen
Franz Schubert: Symphony no. 1 in D major D 82
Franz Schubert: Symphony no. 6 in C major D 589