Park Collegium

Awaking a Sleeping Beauty: The Leuven Chansonnier

Closed doors ° Sunday 24 June ° 10.00 ° 45’
Kerk, Landcommanderij Alden Biesen, Kasteelstraat 6, 3740 Bilzen

Historical ° Active

Sometimes fairy tales really do come true. In 2015 a tiny perfect book of 15th-century French chansons landed in the lap of the Alamire Foundation in Leuven. With its top-collection of works by Ockeghem, Busnoys, Frye and others, the previously unknown Leuven Chansonnier has created a sensation in the musical world.

The vocal ensemble Park Collegium will perform precious gems from music history at this opening concert. They will be supported on this occasion by a company of amateur musicians and singers who took a short course the previous day, led by Stratton Bull and Pieter De Moor of Park Collegium, in which they became acquainted with the Leuven Chansonnier. The group explored this 15th century manuscript together, trained their musical memory and prepared to perform exciting versions of the songs on both authentic historical instruments and those of the present day. Listen as a “Sleeping Beauty” is restored to life - don’t miss it!

Park Collegium is the Alamire Foundation’s in-house ensemble, resident at the Huis van de Polyfonie, the place where the Foundation’s research is turned into music at Park Abbey in Leuven. Park Collegium’s goal is to explore the polyphony of the 15th and 16th century using the historical sources. The ensemble’s formation varies, and there are also opportunities for young singers. In this way, the ensemble aims to play a role among the performers of polyphonic music. In the spirit of the Huis van de Polyfonie’s mission, Park Collegium focuses on questions of performance practice. 

Stratton Bull, artistic leader