Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK)

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


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

Max d'Ollone - Collection Prix de Rome vol. 4Max d'Ollone - Collection Prix de Rome vol. 4 (2012)
20th century, romanticism
Brussels Philharmonic, Max d'Ollone, Hervé Niquet, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Chantal Santon, Virginie Pochon, Gabrielle Philiponet, Jennifer Borghi (...)
Saint-Saëns Camille et le prix de RomeSaint-Saëns Camille et le prix de Rome (2011)
Brussels Philharmonic, Hervé Niquet, Julie Fuchs, Marina De Liso, Bernard Richter, Pierre-Yves Pruvot, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK)
Debussy - La MerDebussy - La Mer (2011)
20th century
Brussels Philharmonic, Claude Debussy, Michel Tabachnik, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK)
Gustave Charpentier et le prix de RomeGustave Charpentier et le prix de Rome (2011)
Brussels Philharmonic, Gustave Charpentier, Hervé Niquet, Koninklijke Muziekkapel van de Gidsen, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK)
Concierto del AlmaConcierto del Alma (2010)
Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Hans Ryckelynck, Joris Derder, Sarah Van Mol, Ignace Michiels, Johan Duijck, Johan Duijck, Johan Duijck (...)
Claude Debussy et le prix de RomeClaude Debussy et le prix de Rome (2010)
20th century
Guylaine Girard, Sophie Marilley, Bernard Richter, Alain Buet, Marie-Josèphe Jude, Jean-François Heisser, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Brussels Philharmonic (...)
Twintig jaar het orgel in Vlaanderen vzw 1990-2010Twintig jaar het orgel in Vlaanderen vzw 1990-2010 (2010)
20th century, romanticism, classicism, Baroque
Luc Ponet, Thomas Babou , Jan Vermeire, François-Joseph Fétis, Johan Hermans, Jean Adam Guilain, Joris Verdin, Peeter Cornet (...)
Weill Kurt - Das Berliner RequiemWeill Kurt - Das Berliner Requiem (2010)
20th century
I SOLISTI, Ivan Goossens, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Kurt Weill, Paul Hindemith, Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Hilde Venken (...)
Jacques-Nicolas LemmensJacques-Nicolas Lemmens (2009)
Joris Verdin, Jaak-Nikolaas Lemmens, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Johan Duijck
Flemish Organ Treasure, volume 2Flemish Organ Treasure, volume 2 (2009)
20th century, romanticism
Jan Vermeire, Hendrik Vanden Abeele, François-Joseph Fétis, Jan Buysschaert, Alfons Mervillie, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), César Lust

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)
romanticism, 20th century
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:
(Wat is dit?)
Bo Holten - Venus Wheels (15.05.2013)
Across the great divide (09.2008)
Persons/artist(s):Alain De Ley (composer, , choir, contemporary music)
Documents:Het Orkest (biography)
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