Next live stream concert
May 15th 2021, 20.00


A polyphonic testament: the late works of Josquin Desprez

The concert will take place without an audience in the St Anne's Church in Prague.
You are warmly invited to watch the concert via live stream.
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The landscape of the polyphonists the
world of the Franco-Flemish School 1400 - 1600

The concert can be rewatched via the VRT NU website and app till the 30th of May 2021.

In the summer of 2018 Paul Van Nevel’s book “Het landschap van de Polyfonisten – De wereld van de Franco-Flamands” was released. In his book Van Nevel traces the hypothesis that the melancholic and imitative style of Franco-Flemish composers was shaped by the character of the landscapes, which they would have experienced in their childhood (stillness, a safe environment, melancholia). Together with the photographer Luk Van Eeckhout, Paul Van Nevel spent over twenty years journeying through the Franco-Flemish scenery to produce a fascinating and substantial work with no fewer than 168 magnificent photos.

In this concert the audience is presented with this hypothesis head-on: for each of the thirteen works performed the landscapes of each composer’s childhood will be projected for all to see. Listeners will be swept away to another Franco-Flemish world by a total of twenty-five photographs of landscape and pictures of Franco-Flemish cathedrals, whilst the Huelgas Ensemble performs works by Antoine Busnois, Nicolas Gombert, Johannes Ockeghem, Josquin Desprez and Pierre de Manchicourt, to name but a few. Audience members will experience the interplay between landscape and music in the most arrestingly intimate way.


!!! 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.

Download Brochure (PDF)

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.