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B'Rock (Baroque Orchestra)

Founded: 2005 - Ghent, Belgium

B'Rock Orchestra was set up in Ghent in 2005 on the basis of an urge for renewal and rejuvenation in the world of Early Music. Our international musicians distinguish themselves by their open mind and flexibility of repertoire and playing style. In the choices it makes for its concert programmes, B'Rock combines established works by Baroque composers with the lesser-known repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries. In addition, the orchestra pursues a bold and innovative programme policy with early and contemporary music. It focuses especially on giving first performances of new music. Early music in combination with theatre, visual art and/or video also form part of the orchestra's DNA.

B'Rock does not have one fixed conductor, but regularly engages prominent guest conductors and soloists such as René Jacobs, Ivor Bolton, Andreas Spering, Alexander Melnikov, Dmitry Sinkovsky, Bejun Mehta and many others.

They perform regularly at major concert halls and festivals such as Bozar, KlaraFestival, De Munt/La Monnaie, deSingel, Concertgebouw Bruges, MAfestival, BBC Proms, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Kölner Philharmonie, Theater an der Wien, L'Auditori Barcelona, Holland Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Ruhrtriennale, Innsbrucker Festwochen der alten Musik, Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, Styriarte, Wratislawia Cantans and Bergen International Festival. B'Rock has developed structural partnerships with the Royal Opera De Munt/La Monnaie in Brussels, deSingel international arts campus in Antwerp, the Ruhrtriennale in the Ruhr region in Germany and the Opera de Rouen in France.

In 2018, B'Rock Orchestra is travelling to Hong Kong, Beijing and Seoul. Its first Russian and American tours are also planned for that year. Other highlights are the Beyond Baroque festival in November, curated by B'Rock and coproduced by the Ghent Conservatory, and J.S. Bach's Hohe Messe (BWV 232), conducted by Ivor Bolton, in May 2018.

"Enthusiastic and fearless, everything moves with a suppleness and elegance that only athletes can achieve"
"Dazzling spontaneity and theatrical directness"

Source: B'Rock Website; Photo 01: Mirjam Devriendt
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2017)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




René Jacobs


V-8 (2014, Video): BWV 248 [2nd recording]

Links to other Sites

B'Rock Orchestra (Official Website) [English/Dutch/French]

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