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Opening concert Den Bosch Choirbooks

4 March | 20:00 - 22:30


The ‘Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap’ in ‘s Hertogenbosch (in short: ‘Den Bosch’) houses an incredible treasure: a collection of choirbooks from the period 1450-1600 in an excellent condition, nine of which with wonderful polyphonic music. Together they embody the unprecedented cultural flourishing period of the Duchy of Brabant, also known as the Brabant Golden Age. After a few years of careful musical exploration, we are at the start of a major five-year project (2020-2024) in which the Den Bosch Choirbooks are fully unlocked to the public, in sound and image. We kick off with a grand opening concert on Wednesday evening, March 4 2020.

The evening will be opened by the Brabant commissioner prof. Dr. Wim van de Donk, followed by a lecture by professor of medieval manuscript prof. Dr. Jos Biemans (University of Amsterdam). This is followed by the concert, with a selection of work from the choirbook that will be central in 2020 (154 / 72B) and a selection from the entire collection. A theatrical performance with video art and special costumes. ORDER YOUR TICKETS!


Opening by prof. dr. Wim van de Donk, Commissaris der Koning Noord-Brabant
Lecture by prof. dr. Jos Biemans, professor medieval manuscripts, University of Amsterdam


Cappella Pratensis performs works from choirbook 72B and a selection from the entire collection:

Gregorian: Salve sancta parens (processional)
Pierre de la Rue (c. 1452-1518): Missa cum jocunditate – kyrie, gloria
Lupus Hellinck (1492/3-1541): Missa mater patris et filia – sanctus
Jean Mouton (c. 1459-1522): Tua est potentia
Jean Mouton: Missa Tua est potentia – agnus dei
Anon./Gregorian: Vesperpsalm – Dixit dominus met antifoon Oculi tui
Gregorian Magnificat-antiphone Tota pulchra est
Jacobus Clemens non Papa (1510/15-1555/6): Ego flos campi

Stratton Bull, Andrew Hallock
Lior Leibovici, Korneel van Neste
Peter de Laurentiis, Pieter de Moor
Mate Bruckner, Marc Busnel

Stratton Bull – artistic director

Cilia Hogerzeil

Video art
Wim Goossens, New Animated Reality

Marjan van Geene



4 March
20:00 - 22:30


Grote Kerk
Kerkstraat 20
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