Summer school 2018


Ma 20 Aug till Su 26 Aug 2018
Elzenveld, Lange Gasthuisstraat 45, 2000 Antwerpen

In 2018 Laus Polyphoniae (Flanders Festival Antwerp) is in a festive mood as it blows out 25 candles. Our annual polyphony Summerschool joins the party with 'Celebrations', a week-long course concentrating on a wide range of occasional works by some of the greatest polyphonists of the 15th and 16th centuries, including Dufay, Josquin, Isaac, Clemens non Papa and Lassus. Composers often wrote their most impressive works for great occasions and mighty patrons. We’ll work on a range of these often monumental works, performing directly from the original notation.

Stratton Bull, Andrew Hallock and Pieter Stas of Cappella Pratensis will lead the vocal sessions. In order to lend more splendour to these works, this year the singers will be joined by trombones and shawms, under the direction of Wim Becu of Oltremontano Antwerp. Guest teacher Valerie Horst will offer special sessions to unlock the art of reading mensural notation.

Again this year the singers’ course will be divided into 2 groups, one for conservatory students and starting professionals, and the other for advanced amateurs.

An initiative by Musica, Impulse Centre for Music, Cappella Pratensis, Oltremontano Antwerp and AMUZ, Festival of Flanders - Antwerp

Practical information


Stratton Bull, Pieter Stas and Andrew Hallock (members of Cappella Pratensis) and Wim Becu (Oltremontano Antwerp)

Additional session by Valerie Horst 

Intended participants

The masterclass is intended for professional and pre-professional singers (group 1), advanced amateurs (group 2) and brass instrument players (group 3). We are looking for 2 zink or cornett players, 2 shawm and alto or tenor pommer players, 2 trompette des menestrels players who can also play the renaissance trombone and 2 renaissance trombone players. Level: semi-professional or student, able to sight read early notation fluently in various keys. Pitch: A=440 Hz.


Centrum Elzenveld, a historical site in the heart of Antwerp (Belgium)


235 euro

The price includes a selection of five concert tickets for the Laus Polyphoniae Festival.

Accommodation is not included, but there are options available in every price category (there is an excellent youth hostel nearby, as well as host families and a wide variety of hotels).


Sunday 26 August 2018 at 11 a.m.


Participants are selected on the basis of their curriculum vitae, an audio or video recording (3’) and a letter of recommendation (group 1 & 3) / curriculum vitae and vocal range (group 2). The selection of the participants will be made halfway May 2018.