Thursday, 3 October 2019

England is more than just London; once you leave the metropolis, a sweeping landscape opens up before you, undulating from hill to hill. Hedgerows and ancient stone walls add lines to the landscape and wildflowers colour it in. Everything looks like time has passed it by. No wonder so many English composers have fallen for the charms of this idyllic beauty. It has given us the gift of an intense, poetic repertoire, and above all, a music that really does sound different from that of the European continent – ‘splendid isolation’ at its very best.


Benjamin Britten: Six Metamorphoses after Ovid (selection)

Ralph Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge 

Jonathan Dove: The End

Felix White: The Nymph’s Complaint for the Death of her Fawn

Peter Warlock: The Curlew


David Burn, 20:30




The musicians of Oxalys have been experts in performing the music of the late 19th and early 20th century for over 25 years. This English programme adds a few new jewels to their crown, and after you hear them played, you’ll wonder why each and every one of these pieces isn’t more famous.

Website Oxalys

Yves Saelens

Renowned Belgian tenor Yves Saelens has proven his worth throughout the years in various constellations, both large and small. In 2017 he brought the male lead of Debussys Pelléas et Mélisande to life in a genuine and natural manner, supported by minimal staging. In this programme, too, his light and warm performance will paint the stage in this music’s English impressionist colour palette.

Website Yves Saelens

Grote Aula Maria Theresia

Sint-Michielsstraat 6 (Ingang Hogeschoolplein)
3000 3000 Leuven



H. Hartkliniek, Naamsestraat 102c
Ladeuze, Ladeuzeplein 20


Lijnen 1 en 2
Halte Sint-Michielskerk

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Late-comers will not be admitted to the concert.