Collegium Vocale Gent

In 1970, on the initiative of Philippe Herreweghe, a group of student friends decided to found the Collegium Vocale Gent. The ensemble was one of the first to apply the new insights in the performance practice of Baroque music to vocal music. This authentic, text-directed and rhetorical approach paid attention to a transparent sound, as a result of which the ensemble soon made guest appearances on all the major concert podiums and music festivals worldwide.

Meanwhile, Collegium Vocale Gent organically evolved into an extremely flexible ensemble with a wide repertoire from different stylistic periods. The greatest asset is that the best possible instrumentation is brought together for each project. Renaissance music is performed by an ensemble of six to twelve singers. German Baroque music and especially the vocal works of J.S. Bach have been and remain a centerpiece. Nowadays the Collegium Vocale Gent performs this music preferably with a small ensemble, where the singers perform both choral and solo parts. More and more, the Collegium Vocale Gent also deals with the romantic, modern and contemporary choral repertoire. The Collegium has been supported by the EU Culture Program since 2011, and this has enabled the creation of a mixed symphonic concert choir in which young talents from all over Europe sing side by side with experienced colleagues.

To realize these projects, Collegium Vocale Gent collaborates with various historically informed ensembles such as the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, but also with internationally renowned symphony orchestras.

Collegium Vocale Gent is supported by the Flemish Community, the Province of East Flanders and the City of Ghent. From 2011 to 2013, the ensemble was an ambassador of the European Union.