Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK)

Category:koor, hedendaagse muziek, oude muziek, ensemble, repertoire
Genre(s):21ste eeuw / hedendaags, 20ste eeuw, romantiek, classicisme, oude muziek
Actual/previous members:Bart Van Reyn


The Vlaams Radiokoor (Flemish Radio Choir) was founded in 1937 by the Belgian public broadcaster of the day. Today, the  Vlaams Radiokoor is renowned for vocal music in Flanders and Europe, and is counted among the top ensembles both at home and abroad. 

As of season 2019-20, Bart Van Reyn is the musical director of the Radiokoor. A shared passion for contemporary repertoire, the belief that the voice is the ultimate interpreter of our emotions, and the commitment to make our vocal heritage accessible to singers and audiences alike are what binds the ensemble together.

Based in Studio 1 in Flagey (Brussels), the 32 singers of the Vlaams Radiokoor are working on a musical project built on three major pillars. First and foremost, the Vocal Fabric productions – the laboratory of the Radiokoor. Vocal Fabric organizes concerts that test the boundaries of vocal music and are challenging, quirky and non-conformist. With great hospitality and an intense experience as the golden thread, we bring together the people on stage and those in the hall: vocal harmony is proof that people are more magnificent together than alone. 

In addition, the choir works regularly with renowned instrumental ensembles from Belgium and abroad, such as the Brussels Philharmonic, the Orchestre de chambre de Paris, Les Siècles, the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In this way, the Radiokoor has gradually built up its presence on various international stages. 

Lastly, the Vlaams Radiokoor is and remains a living portal for repertoire, knowledge, experience and voices. It makes our vocal heritage accessible to singers and the audience, while also investing in the creation of new vocal works. The choir thus shares its programme, technique and expertise with music lovers, amateurs and professionals.

The Vlaams Radiokoor also retains its unique status as a radio choir: a great many concert productions are recorded, and hence the choir has built up a unique collection of live recordings. The collection is constantly supplemented with a selection of studio recordings, thus preserving the vocal heritage for the future.

The Vlaams Radiokoor is an institution of the Flemish Community.

Selective discography

Camille Saint-Saëns - ProsperpineCamille Saint-Saëns - Prosperpine (2017)
romanticism, opera
Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Camille Saint-Saëns, Ulf Schirmer, Munchner Rundfunkorchester
Dukas Paul - Cantates, choeurs et musique symphoniqueDukas Paul - Cantates, choeurs et musique symphonique (2015)
Brussels Philharmonic, Paul Dukas, Hervé Niquet, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK)
Félicien David - HerculanumFélicien David - Herculanum (2015)
Brussels Philharmonic, Hervé Niquet, David Félicien, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Véronique Gens, Karine Deshayes, Edgaras Montvidas, Nicolas Courjal (...)
Johannes Brahms - Ein Deutsches RequiemJohannes Brahms - Ein Deutsches Requiem (2015)
Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Johannes Brahms, Hervé Niquet, Brussels Philharmonic
Dubois Théodore - Musique sacrée et symphonique − Musique de chambreDubois Théodore - Musique sacrée et symphonique − Musique de chambre (2015)
Brussels Philharmonic, Théodore Dubois, Hervé Niquet, Chantal Santon, François-Xavier Roth, Jennifer Borghi, Marie Kalinine, Mathias Vidal (...)
Fauré Gabriel - RequiemFauré Gabriel - Requiem (2014)
Brussels Philharmonic, Daniel Fauré, Hervé Niquet, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Charles Gounod, Andrew Foster-Williams
Victorin Joncières - DimitriVictorin Joncières - Dimitri (2014)
Brussels Philharmonic, Victorin Joncières, Hervé Niquet, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK)
PrometheusPrometheus (2013)
21st century / contemporary
Ann De Renais, Kurt Bikkembergs, Kurt Bikkembergs, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK)
Alfred Bruneau - Claude DebussyAlfred Bruneau - Claude Debussy (2013)
romanticism, 20th century
Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Alfred Bruneau, Ludovic Morlot, Mireille Delunsch, Claude Debussy, Nora Gubisch, Edgaras Montvidas, Jerôme Varnier (...)
Bo Holten - Venus WheelsBo Holten - Venus Wheels (2012)
21st century / contemporary
Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Luc Tooten

Selectieve discografie als medewerker

Peter Benoit - De ScheldePeter Benoit - De Schelde (2014)
Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Peter Benoit, Martyn Brabbins
Flemish Choral Music - Bij Stemband 8Flemish Choral Music - Bij Stemband 8 (2010)
20th century, romanticism
Peter Benoit, Herman Engels, August de Boeck, Johan Duijck, Diverse uitvoerders, Robert Herberigs, Marc Michael De Smet, Norbert Rosseau (...)

Related Items

News:Vacature: koorregisseur Vlaams Radio Koor (14.07.2016)
Hervé Niquet nieuwe chef-dirigent Vlaams Radio Koor (24.02.2011)
Minister Schauvliege presenteert plan voor Kunstinstellingen Vlaamse Gemeenschap (22.10.2010)
Press Clips:
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Bo Holten - Venus Wheels (15.05.2013)
Across the great divide (09.2008)
Documents:Het Orkest (biography)