Sadly the coronavirus pandemic has shattered the dreams of many young musicians. They have missed the start of their careers and all this young talent is in danger of slipping through our fingers. We wanted to do something about this, so we launched HORIZON! Thanks to generous donations of more than 600 ticket buyers and in collaboration with the various Belgian conservatoires, we are giving a major boost to eight recent Belgian music graduates. We are offering them a professional springboard, including an online concert and a live concert during Flanders Festival Ghent 2021 on 8 and 9 September!
Meanwhile, anyone keen to see these fabulous young musicians in action can turn to the streaming platforms Sound of Ghent and Evil Penguin TV. We're planning 4 broadcasts filled to the brim with music, interviews and dazzling footage of the Gentse Boekentoren, where all recordings took place. Incidentally, this gives you a perfect opportunity to catch a glimpse of this recently restored architectural gem. In short: an absolute must see!
Meet the promising pianist Alexander Declercq (piano – alumnus Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel). This multi-talented musician studied piano under Jan Michiels in Brussels and under Sheila Arnolds in Cologne, but in the meantime has also achieved a Bachelor’s in clarinet. Alexander feels at home in ensembles and orchestras, but predominately focuses on the rich piano solorepertoire. For us he will be performing Bach and Brahms.
Whilst still a student, bass trombonist Wim Matheeuwese (trombone – alumnus Conservatoire royal de Liège) had the opportunity to play with Belgium’s biggest orchestras. He has been a member of Brass Band Willebroek for some time, and since 2019 has also been a permanent member of the Royal Symphonic Band of the Belgian Air Force. Last year he completed his studies at the Royal Conservatory of Liège. For HORIZON, Wim has put together a diverse programme, performing solo and together with double bass and piano.
★ With thanks to: Conservatoire royal de Liège, KASK & Conservatorium Gent, Royal Conservatoire Antwerp, Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel/Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles and LUCA School of Arts Campus Leuven/Lemmens.
★ This project is a collaboration between Flanders Festival Ghent, Evil Penguin TV and Ghent University.
HOW TO ENTER THE SOUND OF GHENT STREAMING CHANNEL:
- After purchasing your ticket, you will receive an e-mail from Tickets Gent that contains your online entry ticket.
- Click the green link in the e-mail on the night of the broadcast.
- Create an account on the Sound of Ghent-website with your e-mail address.
- Congrats! You have entered the Sound of Ghent streaming channel: press play and enjoy the broadcast!
- This broadcast will remain available up until 15 May.