Capilla Flamenca

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

Johannes Brassart - In festo corporis ChristiJohannes Brassart - In festo corporis Christi (2000)
early music
Capilla Flamenca, Johannes Brassart, Dirk Snellings, Psallentes, Hendrik Vanden Abeele, anoniem
Oh Flanders freeOh Flanders free (2000)
early music
Capilla Flamenca, Antoine Busnois, Johannes Ockeghem, Josquin Desprez, Heinrich Isaac, Tielman Susato, Pierre De la Rue, Thomas Fabri (...)
Magic - Flanders Recorder Quartet & FriendsMagic - Flanders Recorder Quartet & Friends (2000)
Capilla Flamenca, Luthomania, Ewald Demeyere, Chris Joris, Steve Dugardin, Marion Verbruggen, Josquin Desprez, Tielman Susato (...)
Jean de CastroJean de Castro (2000)
early music
Marnix De Cat, Capilla Flamenca, More Maiorum, Jan Van Outryve, Simen Van Mechelen, Peter Van Heyghen, Dirk Snellings, Lieven Termont (...)
Bassano - Viva L'Amore, XVI-XVII SecoloBassano - Viva L'Amore, XVI-XVII Secolo (1999)
early music
Vier Op 'n Rij - Flanders Recorder Quartet, Henry VIII, Jeronimo Bassano II, Capilla Flamenca, anoniem, Ludovic Bassano, Anthony Holborne, Alfonso Ferrabosco (i) (...)
Magister XMagister X (1998)
early music
Capilla Flamenca, Dirk Snellings
Frank Agsteribbe - Composities 1Frank Agsteribbe - Composities 1 (1998)
20th century, 21st century / contemporary
Koen Brouns, Jurgen De bruyn, Steve Dugardin, Lynda Lee, Mark Lambrecht, Frank Agsteribbe, Capilla Flamenca, Frank Agsteribbe (...)
Sei WillekommenSei Willekommen (1997)
Baroque, early music
Capilla Flamenca, Vier Op 'n Rij - Flanders Recorder Quartet, Michaël Praetorius, Jacob van Eyck, anoniem, Cornelis De Leeuw, Guillaume Messaus, Dirk Janszoon Sweelinck (...)
Zingen en spelen in Vlaamse steden en begijnhovenZingen en spelen in Vlaamse steden en begijnhoven (1997)
early music
anoniem, Capilla Flamenca, Katelijne Van Laethem, Johannes Rondelli, Alfonso De La Torre, Katrien Druyts, Alexander Agricola, Marnix De Cat (...)
Missa AlleluiaMissa Alleluia (1996)
early music
Capilla Flamenca, Jacob Obrecht, Pierre De la Rue, Josquin Desprez, Matthaeus Pipelare

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)