LAUS POLYPHONIAE 2019 PRESENTS
Antwerp will once again be the meeting point for those who love polyphony: a sparkling summer festival with renowned artists such as Sollazzo Ensemble, Huelgas Ensemble, Stile Antico and many others. On Thursday 22 August, Laus Polyphoniae presents only Flemish ensembles. The new ensemble Utopia may start the festival day and has drawn its inspiration from the Burgundian choirbook for a programme that is a delight to the ears. This ensemble of experienced singers earned their spurs with figures including Philippe Herreweghe and Paul Van Nevel. Up next is ClubMediéval. Directed by the violist Thomas Baeté, they gave their very first performance at Laus Polyphoniae 2010 and has been a popular guest ever since. ClubMediéval brings together all of Gilles Joyes surviving works to create an speaking image of the composer. Björn Schmelzer gets to end the day with his graindelavoix. They explore the repertoire on Saint Anthony the Abbot: the saint invoked to fight Saint Anthony’s Fire, an infection that claimed thousands of victims in the Middle Ages. The six singers are accompanied by an array of bells that were used in church services dedicated to Saint Anthony to drive out demons.