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Photos from W/A/R with Kamerkoor Koriolis

An inspired programme of music on the theme of war, including choral works from contemporary composers Ešenvalds, Swerts and the multi-talented Andrew Wise; The Voice by Stefaan Vanheertum for choir and soloist; and duets by Kurt Weill performed by Andrew and myself appearing as Kurt and the Sophisticated Lady. With thanks to Joris Derder for his excellent leadership.

Photos copyright © Johan De Lannoy

New article about Organum Duplum published

My article The Need for Artistic Experimentation when Preparing Organum Duplum for Performance has been published in Experimental Encounters in Music and Beyond, ed. Kathleen Coessens (2017) by Leuven University Press as part of the Orpheus Institute Series. You can get a copy of this volume here.

For more info about this ecstatic, wonderful music (pretty much the first polyphony to have developed in Western musical culture) see my Notre Dame School page.

A busy summer…

I have not been keeping up to date with my blogs!

In my defence, it has been a very busy summer. We took our new Kurt and the Sophisticated Lady programme, Weill at Sea to England for its première performance on Saturday July 22nd. We were appearing for the fourth year running as part of Roger Rowe’s Chapel Concert series in Norwich, and we received a wonderful, warm welcome – thank you all!

And then it was back to Brussels to prepare for two very different and equally exciting projects:

A performance with the women’s vocal ensemble La Noeva of the entire 14th century Llibre Vermell manuscript; and our first ever CD recording as Kurt and the Sophisticated Lady. Too much for one blog – more details to follow!

Weill at Sea – new Kurt and the Sophisticated Lady programme: coming soon!!!

KSL House Concerts

Belgium is well known for its stunning architecture. Our experience is that a concert by Kurt and the Sophisticated Lady given in a 1930s setting heightens the magic of both the music and the venue itself.

If you own or run a 1930s building, whether privately or professionally, and you are interested in the idea of bringing KSL into your space, please don’t hesitate to contact me via penelope.turner (at) to discuss the possibilities.

Let’s make the beautiful buildings of Belgium breathe!

© Picture: Rudi de Rechter