The Great War remains, even 100 years after its end, anchored in the memory of humanity.

In order to give due place to the horror while also encouraging soldiers and giving hope to the home front: music remains the most powerful balm for the wounded soul. In this programme, various composers and works relating to World War I are placed alongside each other, like chapters of a book or scenes from a film.


Lili Boulanger • Vieille prière bouddhique (Prière quotidienne pour tout l'univers)
Gustav Holst • The Planets, op. 32: I. Mars, the Bringer of War
George Michael Cohan • Over There (arr. D. Capelletti)
Sir Edward Elgar • Le drapeau belge, op. 79
Sir Charles Hubert Parry • Songs of Farewell: IV. There Is an Old Belief
Claude Debussy • Berceuse Héroique
Jeroen D’hoe • Songs for the Crossing: II. On the Run
Nicolas De Cock • In Flanders Fields
Traditional • Danny Boy (arr. D. Capelletti)
Max Reger • Drei Motetten, op. 110 ‘O Tod, Wie Bitter Bist Du’
Sir Edward Elgar • The Spirit of England, op. 80: III. For the Fallen



Florian Helgath


Since 2011, Florian Helgath has been Artistic Director of the ChorWerk Ruhr. Within the past years he presented choir music of various periods on the highest level both in a cappella and with orchestras. Starting 2017/18 he is Artistic Director of the Zürcher Sing-Akademie. Helgath has held the position as conductor of the Danish National Choir from 2009 to 2015 and was Artistic Director of the ViaNova Chor Munich from 2008 to 2016 and has conducted numerous highly acclaimed first performances.

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Vlaams Radiokoor


The Vlaams Radiokoor 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.

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Hanne Roos, soprano


The Belgian soprano Hanne Roos joined the vocal department of the Royal Music Conservatoire of Gent (Belgium) in 2004, where she was subsequently coached by Erika Pauwels, Gidon Saks, Evelyn Bohen and Mireille Capelle and graduated of a Master’s degree cum laude.

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Ivan Goossens, tenor


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