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Collegium Vocale Gent (Vocal & Instrumental Ensemble)

Founded: 1970 - Gent (Ghent), Belgium

In the course of more than 30 years since it was founded, the Collegium Vocale of Ghent (or Gent) (= CVG) has established a truly worldwide reputation in the field of classical music. This is clearly no mere chance occurence but is the fruit of years of consistent and methodical effort and artistic vision.

Founded in 1970 at the initiative of Philippe Herreweghe, this group of singers was the first in the 1970’s to extend the new principles of style for the performance of baroque music to vocal music. Instrumentalists had allready been searching for a number of years for a performing style more in the line with the historical context. To this end, they referred back to original source material, which they subjected to detailed study, and made use of authentic period instruments.

Consequently, it is not surprising that musicians such as Gustav Leonhardt, Ton Koopman and Nikolaus Harnoncourt soon expressed an interest in the parallel approach which the Flemish group had adopted in the field of vocal music. This resulted in an intense cooperation, both on stage and in recordings. Philippe Herreweghe has allways been conscious of the value of such a cooperation and because of that the group still works regularly with different conductors (Sigiswald Kuijken, Paul Van Nevel, René Jacobs…) and different orchestras such as La Petite Bande, the Concertgebouw Orchestra or the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

The repertoire of Collegium Vocale can not be trapped within one style period. The ensemble made an inportant contribution concerning the rediscovery of polyphonic renaissance music. Regularly the classical and romantic repertoire is programmed, and every now and then the ensemble performes contemporary music. However the ensemble is and remains most known for its outstanding performances of German Baroque music, in particular the music of J.S. Bach.

Throughout the years Collegium Vocale has made a wide collection of recordings. A capella, together with the Orchestre des Champs Elysées, the choir of La Chapelle Royale from Paris or with other vocal and instrumental ensembles, more than sixty recordings were realized for the labels Harmonia Mundi France, Virgin Classics, Accent, Ricercar and Telefunken. Apart from that Collegium Vocale is a regular guest at all major music festivals throughout Europe. The ensemble visited the USA, South America and Israel, and and made a tour of Japan in 1998.

Since 1993 the Collegium Vocale was appointed "Cultural Ambassador of Flanders" by the Flemish Government. The ensemble is also supported by the Province of East Flanders.

Members of the Collegium Vocale Gent:





Gundula Anders
Anja Bittner
Hana Blažíková
Zoë Brown
Edwige Cardoen
Annelies Coene
Delphine Collot
Goedele Debelder
Susan Hamilton
Barbora Kabatková
Cécile Kempenaers
Dorothee Mields
Anne Mopin
Caroline Pelon
Josie Ryan
Lut Van de Velde
Brigitte Verkinderen
Dominique Verkinderen
Isabelle Voßkühler
Anne-Kristin Zschunke

Betty van den Berghe
Edzard Burchards
Marnix De Cat
Uwe Czyborra-Schröder
Beat Duddeck
Steve Dugardin
Yvonne Fuchs
Rik Jacobs
Cécile Pilorger
Alex Potter
Henning Voss
Matthew White
Mieke Wouters
Martin van der Zeijst
Jan Zwerver

Malcolm Bennett
Paul Bentley
André Berkoens
Raphaël Boulay
Friedemann Büttner
André Cats
Bernd Fröhlich
Gerhard Hölzle
Paul Hörmann
Philippe van Isacker
Jan Kobow
Koen Laukens
Joost van der Linden
Ulrich Löns
Dan Martin
José Pizarro
Markus Schuck
Uwe Schulze
Koen van Stade
Joël Suhubiette
Warren Trevelyan-Jones

Paul Van den Berghe
Matthew Brook
Vincent Bouchot
Pieter Coene
Jan Depuydt
Peter Kooy
Matthias Lutze
Renaud Machart
Christophe Sam
Wilhelm Schwinghammer
Bart Vandewege
Frits Vanhulle
Robert van der Vinne


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Source: Collegium Vocale Website (March 1999)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2001)

Philippe Herreweghe: Short Biography | La Chapelle Royale | Collegium Vocale Gent
Recordings of Vocal Works:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | General Discussions: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
Individual Recordings:
Cantatas BWV 29, 119 & 120 - P. Herreweghe | Christmas Cantatas from Leipzig - P. Herreweghe | Weinen Klagen.. Cantata BWV 12, 38 & 75 - P. Herreweghe | BWV 232 - P. Herreweghe | BWV 244 - P. Herreweghe | BWV 245 - P. Herreweghe | BWV 248 - P. Herreweghe
Table of recordings by BWV Number




Marcus Creed


G.F. Handel: Brockes Passion, HWV 48 [TV Broadcast]

Gustav Leonhardt


BWV 106 [1st, TV]

Links to other Sites

Collegium Vocale (Official Website)


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