The Symphony Choir of the French Community of Belgium
Direction: Patrick Baton
In 1990, the Symphonic Choir of Namur and the French Community of Belgium was created to fill a void in the cultural landscape of the region, which had hitherto had no such structure.
From his first concerts, the new choir has won the esteem of his musical partners, the public and the press. In a few years only, it has become an essential part of the Belgian music scene, with numerous collaborations with its main partner Philharmonic Orchestra of Liege, but also with the National Orchestra of Belgium, Koninklijk Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra BRTN and the Orchestre National de Lille Orchestra of Luxembourg.
The Symphony Choir of Namur occurred under the baton of conductors such as highly regarded Peter Bartholomew, Günter Neuhold, Leopold Hager, Ronald Zollman, Pierre Cao, Alexander Myrat, Steven Mercurio, Frank Shipway, Avi Ostrowski, Grant Llewellyn, Heinz Wallberg Lionel Friend, Langrée ... His repertoire includes only major choral works of the 19th and 20th centuries: Te Deum, Missa Solemnis and Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet, Ninth Symphony and Choral Fantasy of Beethoven's Second Symphony and Mahler's Third Symphony, Andromeda Lekeu Sixth Symphony Tournemire (world premiere), Liszt's Christus, Duruflé Requiem, Szymanowski's Third Symphony, Symphony of Psalms, Canticum Sacrum and Stravinsky's Requiem Canticles, Semiramis Honegger, Britten's War Requiem, etc.. Several recordings, published by Ricercar labels, Timpani, Music in Wallonia and Auvidis testify to this intense activity.
The Symphony Choir of Namur and the French Community of Belgium has long been led by Denis Menier. Since 2009, this is Patrick Baton who succeeded him.
Also since 2009, the Symphonic Choir of Namur and the SFBC been a partnership with the GPEI (Higher Institute of Music and Music Pedagogy), which provides the chorus a number of specially selected students .
With the help of the French Community, Directorate General of Culture, Music Sector. The Symphony Choir of Namur and the French Community of Belgium is managed by CAV & MA (Centre d'Art Vocal & Ancient Music in Namur). It also receives support from the National Lottery, the City and the Province of Namur.