Docu-concerts – Laus Polyphoniae 2021

Huelgas performs three of Josquin’s Masses in the ‘Docu-concert’ series of Laus Polyphoniae 2021: Missa Malhuer me bat (21 August, and uploaded in the ‘Films’ section of our website), Missa Faisant regretz (26 August, and uploaded in the ‘Films’ section of our website ) and Missa L’homme armé super voces musicales (29 August).

ATTENTION!!!  PENTECOST FESTIVAL 2021 postponed to 2022

The Huelgas Ensemble in Talant (Burgundy)
Artistic director : Paul Van Nevel 

It is difficult for us to announce, but circumstances beyond our control have forced us to postpone Talant's Huelgas Pentecost Festival 2021 until the Whitsun weekend of 2022.

So, kindly make a note of the new dates for the Pentecost Festival 2022 :
Friday 3 June - Saturday 4 June - Sunday 5 June 2022

It will be an unprecedented festival, with recently discovered repertoire and a number of surprises, as befits the Talant Festival!  

Read on about the festival

Three explorations into unknown territory
Director : Paul Van Nevel

The Huelgas Ensemble organizes three weekends in which unknown repertoire is rehearsed under the direction of Paul Van Nevel. The target group is professional, semi-professional and amateur singers, who have some experience of singing polyphony and who can read well. The main objective is to study a polyphonic composition, an exciting exploration into previously unknown territory!

Exploration I:
Mabrianus de Orto (Tournai ca.1460 - Nivelles 1529): Missa “La belle se sied”
Saturday 20 March 2021
Sunday 21 March 2021

Exploration II:
Two anonymous fifteenth century compositions from the main source of the choral repertoire of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, a monumental choirbook of more than 240 folios.
Saturday 27 March 2021
Sunday 28 March 2021 

Exploration III:
A monumental six-part motet by Pierre de Manchicourt (Béthune ca.1510 - Madrid 1564): “Sustinuimus pacem” à 6
Saturday 17 April 2021
Sunday 18 April 2021

Read on

A new book by Paul Van Nevel:
Het landschap van de polyfonisten - The world of the Franco-Flemish School (1400-1600)
Photography: Luk Van Eeckhout

Why did the polyphonists all come from the same region of southwest Belgium and northern France? And and what was the influence of this region on their music? A unique analysis of the environment - the ‘cultural landscape’ - of the 15th and 16th century musician. The book includes a CD and no fewer than 168 beautiful photographs.

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Paul Van Nevel wins the fifth Luc Verbekeprijs

The fifth Luc Verbekeprijs 2019, awarded by the Committee for French Flanders (KFV), has been awarded to Paul Van Nevel for his book ‘The landscape of the polyphonists’ published by Lannoo-Tielt. The KFV is a cultural organization founded in 1947 by the writers André Demedts and Luc Verbeke, with the aim of stimulating the Flemish language and culture in French Flanders. The prize was awarded on 29th September in Sint-Jans-Kappel (French Flanders), two steps away from the estate of Marguerite Yourcenar. The commendation described ‘The landscape of the polyphonists’ as a unique and exceptionally fascinating work that sheds light on the emotional and visual world of Franco-Flemish composers from the Renaissance, due in part to the numerous beautiful landscape photographs by Luk Van Eeckhout.