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With the much anticipated renovation of the 1939 built Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel due to begin soon, Owen Stafford took a visit to the picturesque, culturally rich and historic site where he spoke to Bernard de Launoit and Auriane de Fauconval. Aired on Radio X, both Bernard (President of the Executive Committee) and Auriane (overseer of Communications and Media Relations) were able to give an overall picture of QEMC, and how this exceptional music facility operates.

Having started out as a school aimed at local Brussels musicians in the 1930s, the training programme has since been extended to welcome international students who are keen to be intercalated into high level performance and technique. Bernard de Launoit explained how it is their aim to “…have a school more open, flexible and international.” The great level of teaching from still successful and professional musicians that QEMC offer, has attracted students from all over the world to have the chance to study at Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

Auriane de Fauconval describes the level of community that is felt at QEMC: “for lunch we all [eat] together… teachers, masters, staff, and students… the students feel like they are at home.” The facilities have already been adapted so that the students experience musical freedom at the school such as the ability to practice as and when they can night or day. As Owen amusingly remarks, the students can be “night owls” in practice if they wish.

This free and “very intimate kind of atmosphere” observed by Owen at QEMC, is soon to be extended to still more students with the up and coming changes planned for the premises. While remaining in keeping with the historic nature of the listed grounds, with features such as the balcony where Queen Elisabeth of Brussels enjoyed observing and listening to the students, the school is planning to create more facilities, which will double student capacity. Hoping to have the project finished in 14 months, there are plans to build more residential rooms, music rooms which Bernard notes are “very important for teaching and training”, and another concert hall for concerts, recording and rehearsing with small orchestras.

This huge project will be an exciting growth for students, staff and music lovers alike as it strengthens and grows classical musicians into the future.

Listen to the interview and to stay up to date with developments from Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel via their website, Twitter, and Facebook.

QEMC New building Plans

QEMC New building Plan

(Written on November 5, 2013 )

The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium has confirmed the development of a new multi-million pound building, which will be a literal backdrop to their original Art Deco building. Designed by architects Olivier Bastin, Sébastien Cruyt and landscape architect Jean Noël Capart, the new development will include:

–  State of the art concert hall with acoustics built to the level of an international hall

–  Artist’s global village

–  20 residential studios for students, each with its own grand piano sleeping platform

–  2 additional music studios

–  Re-development of the park

An international press conference is currently being held at the Chapel to discuss details of the building and what it means for the future of music in Belgium.

The Chapel has a unique approach to music education. As one of the first to have a residential programme for its students, having started 75 years ago, they also have an impressive array of artists in residence including Maria João Pires, Gary Hoffman, Augustin Dumay and the Artemis Quartet, and even offer their students recording contracts and career integration into their studies.

The Chapel currently hosts 46 young artists from all over the world, from Belgium to Latin America via the United States, Australia, Japan, China, South Korea, Russia and many European countries. The brand new building will ensure that the chapel will continue to be a unique hub for musical life and creativity in Europe.

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(Written on October 9, 2013 )

We are pleased to introduce another interview with young musicians from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. Previous interviews have covered the artists’ favourite concerts and performances, music that has been life-changing for them, along with what path their career would follow had they not chosen their first instruments or chosen to pursue music.

This latest video blog introduces the musical past of the young musicians, including the age at which they became involved in music and where they studied.

Keep up to date with news from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel through Facebook, Twitter and regular posts on the regular WildKat PR website.

 

 

(Written on May 31, 2013 )

Our latest video blog with the young musicians of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel reveal what instrument that they would play if they did not play their first instrument!

Every fortnight, we publish an interview with the young musicians in our special video blog series. The previous interviews are still available to watch on our YouTube channel.

Watch the video below for an insight into the musical personalities of  the young musicians from one of the most prestigious centres of excellence in Europe.

To keep up to date with Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel news and events, visit their websiteFacebook and Twitter, along with the WildKat website for regular blog posts.

(Written on May 10, 2013 )

In our latest visit to the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, WildKat PR interviewed some of the young musicians for an insight into the music they love, the concerts they have most enjoyed and memories of their musical journeys.

This latest video blog describes the moment in which the young musicians knew that they wanted to pursue a career as a professional musician.

 

For more information about the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, visit their website, Facebook and Twitter, as well as regular blog posts from the WildKat PR website.

(Written on April 26, 2013 )

A fortnight ago, we released the first video in our new interview series with the young musicians of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

This week, we asked the talented musicians what piece of music has changed their lives with regards to their musical careers.

Watch the video below for an insight into the musical personalities of young musicians of one of the most prestigious centres of excellence in Europe.

To keep up to date with Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel news and events, visit their websiteFacebook and Twitter, along with the WildKat website for regular blog posts.

(Written on April 9, 2013 )

WildKat PR visited Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel recently, and captured some shots of the Music Chapel along with a few interviews with some of the talented young musicians. In the first part of our interview series, the young musicians describe their favourite concerts so far in their musical journeys, along with a few stand-out venues and orchestras with which they have performed.

See the video below for an insight into one of Europe’s most prestigious centres of excellence:

 

To keep up to date with Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel news and events, visit their website, Facebook and Twitter, along with the WildKat website for regular blog posts.

(Written on March 22, 2013 )

With an extensive programme of events happening at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in the past month, the young musicians have spent a lot of their time in various rehearsals. Here is a sneak peek behind the scenes of one of the most prestigious music institutions in Europe.

The most outstanding event was the Gala Concert on 17th January at the Bozar. Talented pianist Pavel Kolesnikov, sopranos Diana Gouglin and Anneke Luyten, mezzo-soprano Kinga Borowska, along with tenors Yu Shao and Giovanni Tristacci, and bassist Charles Dekeyser are all highly talented artists from the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel. They were joined on stage by on the Music Chapel’s Master in Residence and celebrated cellist Gary Hoffman, as well as British conductor Christopher Warren-Green. The professional exposure which the young musicians receive prepares them for successful careers as international performers. Through their lessons with the Masters in Residence, such as pianists Maria João Pires, Abdel Rahman El Bacha and violinist Augustin Dumay, the young artists are exposed to first hand experience and guidance. In relation to the young musicians’ performance at the Gala Concert, Klassik Magazine writes that they ‘just excelled themselves and made the music compelling’. The National Orchestra of Belgium and the Octopus Symphonic Choir also joined the young musicians at the Gala Concert. Watch a short video from the rehearsals on the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel Facebook.

Another fantastic event this season was the collaborative concert between the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and Members of the Academy of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. This partnership provides the young musicians with extensive professional experience, allowing them an insight and experience into a professional artistic career. In addition, the Royal Concertgebouw Academy offers the young musicians specialist guest masterclasses, most recently led by violinist Liviu Prunaru. Take a look at some of the photos taken during rehearsals for the concert.

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Keep up to date with the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel through their new Facebook, Twitter and from regular updates form the WildKat blog.

(Written on February 20, 2013 )