Capilla Flamenca

Category:ensemble (vocaal-instrumentaal)
1990 - 2014
Genre(s):oude muziek
Conductor of:Dirk Snellings
Actual/previous members:Dirk Snellings, Jan Van Outryve, Thomas Baeté, Lieven Termont, Liam Fennelly, Jan Caals, Patrick Denecker, Marnix De Cat, Tore Denys, Wim Maeseele
Guest members:Piet Stryckers


The Capilla Flamenca has been a household word in the world of early music for several decades already. The group borrows its name from the court chapel of the Emperor Charles V. The nucleus of the Capilla Flamenca consists of four singers: Marnix De Cat, Tore Denys, Lieven Termont and Dirk Snellings. Depending on the needs of the repertoire, this quartet is augmented with several singers, an alta capella (winds), a bassa capella (strings) or an organ. The continuously updated historically informed practice, in close cooperation with leading musicologists, results in unique programmes at the cutting edge. Their polyphonic repertoire regularly meets other musical genres or integrates several disciplines of the arts. Remarkable projects were, among others, the dance performance “Foi” by choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, the acclaimed CD recording of the “Canticum Canticorum” in the Renaissance, the multi-media production “Eden” with video artist Walter Verdin, a musical zodiac according to the “ars nova” and Stockhausen, and “Rosa”, a pop song in Renaissance style, carrying the ensemble to the top of the hit parade. The Capilla Flamenca wants to propagate polyphony all over the world. It offers numerous concerts in Belgium and abroad and has been the recipient of countless awards for its CD recordings.


The ensemble ended its working in 2013, Dirk Snellings died 17th july 2014

Selective discography

Bellum & PaxBellum & Pax (2008)
early music
Capilla Flamenca, Oltremontano, Psallentes, Jacob Obrecht, Josquin Desprez, Pierre De la Rue, Antoine Brumel, Johannes Prioris (...)
Rosa (Mia)Rosa (Mia) (2008)
21st century / contemporary, early music
Capilla Flamenca, Jan Van Outryve, Liam Fennelly, Thomas Baeté, Piet Stryckers, Tom Beets, Marnix De Cat, Pierre Sandrin (...)
De Sayve Lambert - Sacred musicDe Sayve Lambert - Sacred music (2007)
early music
Giovanni Priuli, Oltremontano, Giovanni Gabrieli, Capilla Flamenca, Lambert de Sayve, Wim Becu
Désir d'aymerDésir d'aymer (2007)
early music
Capilla Flamenca, Josquin Desprez, Alexander Agricola, Heinrich Isaac, Loyset Compère, Jacob Obrecht, Hayne Van Ghizeghem, Vincenzo Capirola (...)
Salve Mater, Salve JesuSalve Mater, Salve Jesu (2007)
early music
Capilla Flamenca, Jacob Obrecht, Johannes Ghiselin-Verbonet, Josquin Desprez, Gregoriaans
Pierre de la Rue - Missa Ave Maria VesperaPierre de la Rue - Missa Ave Maria Vespera (2006)
early music
Capilla Flamenca, Psallentes, Pierre De la Rue, Gregoriaans, Dirk Snellings, Hendrik Vanden Abeele
Historical Organ, Lonqueville (circa 1690)Historical Organ, Lonqueville (circa 1690) (2006)
early music
Joris Verdin, Capilla Flamenca, Orlandus Lassus, Peter Philips, Herman Hollanders, Peeter Cornet
LUMINA -  Christmas around the 1500'sLUMINA - Christmas around the 1500's (2006)
early music
Jan Van Outryve, Liam Fennelly, Piet Stryckers, Patrick Denecker, Capilla Flamenca, Alexander Agricola, Gerard Van Turnhout, Antoine Brumel (...)
Clemens Non Papa - Priest and Bon VivantClemens Non Papa - Priest and Bon Vivant (2005)
early music
Capilla Flamenca, La Caccia, Jacobus Vaet, Jacobus Clemens Non Papa
Festival van Vlaanderen-Antwerpen Laus Polyphoniae 2005Festival van Vlaanderen-Antwerpen Laus Polyphoniae 2005 (2005)
early music
Capilla Flamenca, Gaspar van Weerbeke, Jacob Obrecht, Josquin Desprez, Pierre De la Rue, Philippus De Monte, anoniem, Johannes Franchois (...)

Author of

Magister XMagister X (1998)
Klassiek, oude muziek
Capilla Flamenca, Johan Van Cauwenberge

Selectieve discografie als medewerker

La polyphonie FlamandeLa polyphonie Flamande (2011)
early music
Johannes Ockeghem, Johannes Brassart, Etienne de Liège, Johannes Ciconia, Nicolas Grenon, Johannes Franchois, Arnold De Lantins, Guillaume Dufay (...)

Related Items

News:In memoriam Dirk Snellings (22.07.2014)
2 mooie documentaires op Canvas gewijd aan de met de Ceciliaprijzen bekroonde ensembles (12.03.2013)
Choc voor de CD 'Heinrich Isaac' van de Capilla Flamenca (13.01.2012)
Capilla Flamenca op shortlist Gramophone Awards (19.08.2011)
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Désir d'aymer - Love Lyrics around 1500 from Flanders (08.2008)