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Auditions

We are happy to announce our auditions for singers in June 2024.

The auditions are open to singers of all voice types who live in Europe and have experience in ensemble singing.

⭐if you live in Europe
⭐⭐if you live in Belgium
⭐⭐⭐if you live in Brussels/Wallonie

When? 24 – 25 June 2024
Where? Namur – Malonne (BE)

You can apply via this Google form, deadline is Sunday 9 June 23h59.
After listening to all recordings, a preliminary selection will be made. From 15 June onwards, we will personally inform you whether we would like to invite you to the live audition days.

Additional audition days are planned on 23 – 24 September 2024.
Registration for these days will be open later.

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Good to know:

Repertoire
The audition will consist of two parts: solo and ensemble. More or less 15 minutes each. We will provide accompaniment on harpsichord/organ.

solo
2 arias/songs from your choice from the Baroque period.
– In different languages and if possible different styles
– at least one in German, and at least one sacred (Bach cantatas or Passions count both as German and sacred).
The most important is that they are your favourite pieces to sing. Please don’t bring anything too difficult. It should be something you enjoy singing and shows you at your best.

ensemble
Johann Sebastian Bach – Jesu meine Freude BWV 227 (first choral)

Johann Christoph Bach – Der Mensch von Weibe geboren

Claudio Monteverdi – Adoramus te Christe SV 289

Information asked
Please, have the following information ready to fill in the Google form:

– voice type, recent CV (pdf), hyperlink to your recording(s)

– repertoire: 2 solo pieces of your choice and their score (pdf) (please, no piano reduction)

– contact details, personal details

Musikfest Bremen Atelier

Musikfest Bremen Atelier brings world-renowned artists connected to the festival to work on specific repertoires with selected young musicians from all over the world in one-week Ateliers.

Lionel Meunier will lead the Atelier “Wege zu Bach III” in Ganderkesee.

Here the combination of period instruments and vocals with the organ as continuo-instrument are central to finding out which composers were formative for the development of Bach. Incorporating the Schnitger organ, this year’s instalment focuses on the legendary Abendmusiken in Lübeck.
During his tenure as organist of St. Mary’s Church, Franz Tunder initially introduced these as organ-only concerts for the city’s merchants, separate from the church services.
His successor and son-in-law Dieterich Buxtehude developed them into a prestigious concert series with a large instrumental and vocal ensemble, which attracted substantial audiences from near and far as if by magic – including the young Bach.

Contact information to participate : https://www.musikfest-bremen.de/en/whats-on/musikfest-atelier

New album

Vox Luminis has teamed up with the Freiburger Barockorchester again, and together they celebrate music for Ascension Day. This topic inspired great composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, four of whose Ascension cantatas have been preserved.

The festive and colourful Cantata BWV 128 Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein was composed towards the end of Bach’s second year in Leipzig. The Ascension Oratorio BWV 11 was written for larger forces and ends with a triumphant chorus.

In the case of Georg Philipp Telemann, more than thirty cantatas for Ascension Day alone have survived. The cantata Ich fahre auf zu meinem Vater (“I ascend unto my Father”) was composed in 1721. The recording of this cantata is a world premiere.

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