Chœur de chambre de Namur
Since its creation in 1987, the Namur Chamber Choir has been dedicated to defending the musical heritage of its region of origin (concerts and recordings devoted to Lassus, Rogier, Hayne, Du Mont, Fiocco, Gossec, Grétry ...). by approaching great works of the choral repertoire (Haendel's oratorios, masses, motets and passions of Bach, Requiem of Mozart and Fauré, ...).
Guest of the most famous festivals in Europe, the Namur Chamber Choir works under the direction of prestigious conductors such as Marc Minkowski, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Sigiswald Kuijken, Guy Van Waas, Federico Maria Sardelli, Ottavio Dantone, Philippe Pierlot, Philippe Herreweghe, Peter Phillips, Jordi Savall, Christophe Rousset, Eduardo Lopez Banzo, Andreas Scholl, etc.
The Choir has made numerous recordings, notably at Ricercar, greatly appreciated by the critics (nominations for Victoires de la Musique Classique, Choc of Classica, Diapason d'Or, Joker of Crescendo, 4F of Télérama, Editor's Choice of Gramophone, the Prix Caecilia of the Belgian press ...). The Chamber Choir of Namur has also been awarded the Grand Prix of the Académie Charles Cros in 2003, the Prix de l'Académie Française in 2006, the Octave de la Musique in 2007 and in 2012 in the categories "Classical Music"and" show of the year ".
In 2010, the artistic direction of the Namur Chamber Choir was entrusted to the young Argentinian chef Leonardo García Alarcón. This new collaboration was immediately successful, both in concert and on record (Haendel's Judas Maccabaeus, Vivaldi's Vespro a San Marco, Il Diluvio Universale and Nabucco of Falvetti, Giorgi's Motets and Mass, Secular Cantatas by JS Bach, Requiem of Mozart, Vespro della Beata Vergine of Monteverdi, Mass & Motets of Lassus, ...).
In 2016, the Namur Chamber Choir participated in its first stage production at the Paris Opera (Eliogabalo of Cavalli). In 2017, he appeared on Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège, under the direction of Guy Van Waas.
2017-2018 is the 30th anniversary season of the Choir. The Orfeo of Monteverdi, in 2017, was the first stage of this anniversary, throughout Europe and South America. In 2018, the productions of the Grands Motets of Lully, the Passio del Venerdi Santo of Veneziano, Jacques Arcadelt's mass and motets and Haendel's oratorio Samson will be the other highlights, marked by as many TV and video recordings. CD recordings, all directed by Leonardo García Alarcón.
The repertoire of the choir is very broad, since it extends from the Middle Ages to contemporary music.
The Namur Chamber Choir is supported by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (music and dance department), the National Lottery, the City and the Province of Namur. It is also supported by the Autonomous Port of Namur.