Vlaams Radio Koor
The Vlaams Radio Koor (Flemish Radio Choir) was founded in 1937 by the Belgian public broadcaster of the day. Today it has become a choir of exceptionally high quality that counts both domestically and internationally among the top ensembles. The 24 professional singers rehearse under the baton of chief conductor Hervé Niquet in Studio 1 of the well-known Flagey building in Brussels, and perform throughout Flanders and Europe.
Hervé Niquet became the choir’s chief conductor in 2011. This internationally celebrated and flamboyant conductor is key to the choir’s success. Niquet, who refers to the choir as a diamond and ranks it among the top three in Europe, works on achieving a recognisable sonority and is planning a wide range of projects, from unknown French romantic music to contemporary premieres.
A first and important pillar of the Vlaams Radio Koor’s programme is the a cappella concert, with which the ensemble tours between four and six times a year throughout Flanders. In addition, the choir regularly works with renowned national and international instrumental ensembles, such as the Brussels Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Les Siècles, Le Concert Spirituel, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Besides its close ties to regular partners in Flanders, the Vlaams Radio Koor is increasingly expanding its presence on various international stages. Further international recognition came thanks to collaboration with the Palazzetto Bru Zane, which took the initiative to launch the critically acclaimed CD series based on works composed for the Prix de Rome (awarded among others an ECHO Klassik Prize). With Evil Penguin Records, in a new CD series, conductor Hervé Niquet leads the Vlaams Radio Koor and Brussels Philharmonic in recordings of iconic Requiems.
The Vlaams Radio Koor also retains its unique status as radio choir: a considerable number of concert productions are recorded, as a result of which the choir has built up a unique collection of live recordings.
The Vlaams Radio Koor is an institution of the Flemish Community. The suits of the gentlemen members of the choir are provided by Café Costume.