While singing, the young musicians of BOENK! and the children's choir of ReMuA/ShAkE meet some famous love figures from the great symphonic repertoire: Carmen, Scheherazade, Toreador and William Tell. Composers George Bizet, Nikolaj Rimski-Korsakov and Gioachino Rossini were masters in making the characters come to life thanks to their melodies, colourful orchestrations and often oriental atmosphere. This programme full of passion and vigour is conducted by Rik Ghesquière.

El Sistema Transcanal was set up the day after the attacks of 22 March 2016. Since September 2016, more than 300 children from Molenbeek and Elsene/Ixelles will participate in large-scale concerts. All the children receive an additional hour of music during school hours. During the holidays, they receive further time to master an instrument. Thanks to special arrangements made for the purpose by composer and arranger Nick Hayes and under the artistic direction of Sarah Goldfarb, director of ReMuA, the children discover classical music in a very personal and direct manner. El Sistema Transcanal seeks in this way to help vulnerable children step out of the shadows and celebrate diversity in our society through music, exchange and openness to all cultures.

Musicians of El Sistema: Paula Carmona Caminos, David Dupouy, Clarice Jaumot (violin), Anne-Gabrielle Lia-Aragnouet, Camille Muller (cello), Clara Legros, Maria Popescu (voice), Cassandre Soupart Louryan, Marjorie Macarty (flute), Jean-Louis Marchand (clarinet), Marion Mortreu (saxophone)

Participating schools: Basisschool De Kleurdoos Brussel, École primaire des 6 Jetons, Le Mini-Orchestre du Centre d'Expression et de Créativité ReMuA de Forest


Georges Bizet • Carmen: Ouverture - Garde Montante - Habanera
Nick Hayes • Nous on aime (inspired by Bizet) – Toréador rencontre Guillaume Tell (inspired by Bizet & Rossini)
Georges Bizet • Carmen Suite No. 1: Les Dragons d’Alcala
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov • Shéhérazade (arr. Nick Hayes)
Nick Hayes • Bollywood
Georges Bizet • Carmen Suite No. 1: Seguedille
South African folk song
Nessiponono(arr. Nick Hayes)