Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK)

Category:koor, hedendaagse muziek, oude muziek, ensemble
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

Duijck Johan - Cantiones SacraeDuijck Johan - Cantiones Sacrae (2009)
21st century / contemporary
Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Ignace Michiels, Johan Duijck
Bach Johann Sebastian - MotettenBach Johann Sebastian - Motetten (2008)
Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Johann Christian Bach, Bo Holten
El Camino de Alma - de Weg van de ZielEl Camino de Alma - de Weg van de Ziel (2008)
20th century, 21st century / contemporary
Hilde Coppé, Noëlle Schepens, Ignace Michiels, Hans Ryckelynck, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Gents Madrigaalkoor, Johan Duijck (...)
Cara Klara 4Cara Klara 4 (2007)
Marcel Ponseele, Joris Van den Hauwe, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden, Philippe Malfeyt, Walter Boeykens, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Peter Vanhove, Il Gardellino (...)
Swerts Piet - symfonie nr. 2 MorgenrotSwerts Piet - symfonie nr. 2 Morgenrot (2007)
20th century
Bernadette Degelin, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Vlaams Radio Orkest, Piet Swerts, Bjarte Engeset
André Laporte - Symphonic & vocal worksAndré Laporte - Symphonic & vocal works (2007)
20th century
Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), André Laporte, Vlaams Radio Orkest, André Laporte, Koen Kessels, Vic Nees
Paul Gilson. Orchestral WorksPaul Gilson. Orchestral Works (2006)
20th century
Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Vlaams Radio Orkest, Paul Gilson, Martyn Brabbins
Rachmaninov - The divine liturgy of St. John Chrysostom op. 23Rachmaninov - The divine liturgy of St. John Chrysostom op. 23 (2006)
20th century
Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Sergei Rachmaninov, Kaspars Putnins
Zoltán Kodály - Missa brevisZoltán Kodály - Missa brevis (2006)
20th century
Johan Duijck, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Zoltán Kodály, Johan Duijck
Wij zijn wijWij zijn wij (2006)
20th century
Catherine Vandevelde, Yves Saelens, Vlaams Radio Orkest, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Jeroen D'hoe, Dirk Vermeulen

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 (...)

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Press Clips:
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Bo Holten - Venus Wheels (15.05.2013)
Across the great divide (09.2008)
Documents:Het Orkest (biography)