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

Piet Swerts - Leven in SteenPiet Swerts - Leven in Steen (2005)
21st century / contemporary
Vlaams Radio Orkest, Piet Swerts, Dirk Vermeulen, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK)
O' Beata MaterO' Beata Mater (2005)
Jan Van Mol, Rolande Van der Paal, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), August de Boeck, Peter Benoit, Lodewijk Mortelmans, Frans Dubois
Lodewijk Mortelmans (1868-1952)Lodewijk Mortelmans (1868-1952) (2004)
Nina Stemme, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Vlaams Radio Orkest, BRTN Filharmonisch Orkest, Lodewijk Mortelmans, Fernand Terby, Zsolt Hamar
A Tribute to Vic NeesA Tribute to Vic Nees (2004)
20th century, 21st century / contemporary
Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Vic Nees, Johan Duijck
Flemish Organ Treasure -  Vol IFlemish Organ Treasure - Vol I (2004)
early music, Baroque
Luc Ponet, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Peter Pieters, Luc Ponet, anoniem, Gerardus Scronx, Thomas Babou , Hendrik Vanden Abeele (...)
In Flanders' Fields Vol. 33In Flanders' Fields Vol. 33 (2004)
20th century, romanticism
Vlaams Radio Orkest, Zsolt Hamar, Lodewijk Mortelmans, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Fernand Terby, BRTN Filharmonisch Orkest
Flor Peeters - Missa Festiva, Concerto for organFlor Peeters - Missa Festiva, Concerto for organ (2003)
20th century
Peter Pieters, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Vlaams Radio Orkest, Flor Peeters, Vic Nees, Yoel Levi
Lexicon van de muziek in West-Vlaanderen 2Lexicon van de muziek in West-Vlaanderen 2 (2003)
20th century
Frank Coppieters, France Springuel, Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), I Musici Fiamminghi, Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, BRTN Filharmonisch Orkest, Filip Suys (...)
Klara in DiestKlara in Diest (2003)
Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Piacevole, Jan Van Mol, Carl Van Eyndhoven, La Calendola Amsterdam, Omroeporkest N.I.R., Pieter Leemans, Johan Duijck (...)
Festival van Vlaanderen Vlaams-Brabant 2002Festival van Vlaanderen Vlaams-Brabant 2002 (2002)
20th century
Jan Michiels, Ictus, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Oxalys, Vlaams Radio Orkest, Igor Stravinsky

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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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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