At St Peter's Church in Oostkamp, B'Rock pays tribute to two indispensable instruments of the baroque orchestra: the trumpet and the organ.

Organ Splendour

28 Aug 2014
It is remarkable that Handel has written several works for harp. B'Rock will be playing two of them in this programme: the renowned sinfonia from Saul and the harp concerto that was heard at the first performance of Alexander's Feast or The Power of Music in 1736.

The Power of Music

30 Aug 2014
The Flemish novelist Peter Verhelst modernised this fiery war legend. Together with director Paul Koek, he rewrote the libretto and breathed new life into the intrigue. The background rumbles with the horror of the First World War...


12, 13, 18, 20, 27 Sep 2014
In the 1720s Bach and several of his contemporaries together wrote an everlasting repertoire of orchestral music full of virtuoso fireworks and sonorous expressiveness.

The virtuoso 1720s

22, 23 Oct 2014
11, 12 Nov 2014
Since its first performance in Dublin on 13th April 1742, Handel's Messiah has been one of the indisputable icons of Western music. But do we know this oratorio as well as we think?


29, 30 Nov 2014
When you hear the joyous words «Jauchzet, frohlocket!», you know that it's time for your annual rendezvous with the finest Christmas music of all time.


13, 16, 17, 20, 21 Dec 2014
B'Rock is turning the spotlight on Luigi Boccherini, an Italian composer and cello virtuoso who for a long time was overshadowed by his classical fellow composers
Mozart and Haydn.

Stabat Mater

12, 13, 14, 15 Feb 2015
The music of Georg Philipp Telemann often receives less attention than it deserves. His oeuvre includes a wealth of musical surprises, such as the 1755 Passion oratorio
Der Tod Jesu.

Der Tod Jesu

24 Feb 2015
B'Rock proves how modern early music can sound, and vice versa. A surprising and exciting concert for those out to make musical discoveries.

Beyond Baroque

10, 12, 13 Mar 2015
23 Apr 2015
From Rebel to Pärt, and from Schnittke to Bach. By throwing convention to the winds and giving free rein to their imagination, B'Rock demonstrates that the story of the early music movement is by no means over.

Tabula Rasa

25 Apr 2015
The third part of B'Rock's notable ode to Mozart is devoted to his triumphal progress through Prague. Mozart had more success in this 'golden city' than anywhere else.

Mozart in Prague

22, 24 May 2015
Alessandro Scarlatti's serenata Venere e Adone has the most appropriate overall title of Il Giardino d'Amore: it is not only the characters of Venus and Adonis that come emphatically to life, but also nature.

Il giardino d'amore

13, 14, 16, 17 Jun 2015
About: Weihnachts-oratorium
Frederike Berntsen
Trouw, 17.12.2014
About: G.F. Handel Cd

<<Their fully focused approach and tremendous sharpness, which predominates constantly, seems to be the key for a breathtaking performance.>>

Hildegard Maertens
Kwadratuur, 24.10.2014
About: Arthur
Ute Schalz-Laurenze
Kreiszeitung, 20.09.2014
About: G.F. Handel Cd
Rupert Christiansen
The Daily Telegraph, 06.09.2014
About: G.F. Handel Cd
Philippe Venturini
Les Echos, 31.05.2014
About: G.F. Handel Cd

<<The belgian baroque orchestra B'rock is a well-oiled machine who can spark with the right conductor. What totally happens here. A well-balanced sound is to be noticed, already from the overture. The orchestra plays accurate and articulates subtle , but also leaves breathing space when necessary.>>

Annemarie Peeters
De Standaard, 21.05.2014
About: Orfeo ed Euridice

<<Pulsating sounds, often renewed articulation, beautiful colors coming out of the old instruments - and an uncommon vitality. It went right to the heart.>>

Peter Hagmann
Neuers Zürcher Zeitung, 14.05.2014
About: Orfeo ed Euridice

<<Some enchanting sounds were produced by the members of B'Rock in the pit. The grating of the gates of hell, the echoes, the consoling dance steps: the orchestra and its delightful playing combined sorrow and despair into a single, very beautiful whole.>>

Tom Janssens
De Standaard, 13.05.2014
About: G.F. Handel Cd
IlTeneroMomento, 30.04.2014
About: Arthur

About: Arthur
Shirley Apthorp
Financial Times, 21.03.2014
About: Arthur

About: Arthur

<<Musically, Arthur was top. The adventurous specialists of B'Rock conducted by George Petrou played tightly and smoothly, the soloists sung Purcell's arias con brio. The intimate shepherdess duet by McFadden and soprano Elizabeth Cragg was wonderful. Also Cappella Amsterdam sung outstanding: the choir scenes were without any exception all highlights.>>

Joep Stapel
NRC Handelsblad, 20.03.2014
About: From Vivaldi with Love

<<Vivaldi's instrumental concerti were the highlights of this programme, in which the orchestra could show it's unique style and expressivity even more. It truly was outstanding.>>

Algirdas Klova
7 md, 14.02.2014

European tour Weihnachtsoratorium with René Jacobs

When you hear the joyous words «Jauchzet, frohlocket!», you know that it's time for your annual rendezvous with the finest Christmas music of all time. Also B'Rock presents the Weihnachtsoratorium by J.S. Bach and is accompanied by an illustrious cast. Conducted by René Jacobs and together with the Rias Kammerchor and the soloists Sunhae Im, Bernarda Fink, Bernard Richter and Dominik Köninger, the orchestra presents a deeply-felt and expressive performance of Bach's masterpiece.


With this programme, B'Rock makes its debut in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam on 13 December, followed by an Italian tour in Milaan and Perugia, to end in Brussels (Bozar) and Antwerp (deSingel). Only in Bozar there are still tickets for sale via this link.


Bach's Christmas oratorio is a cycle of six Christmas cantatas, some of which are rooted in works written specially for royal birthdays. From there, for Bach it was only a short step to an ode to that other king: Christ. The Christmas story is told by an evangelist in recitatives which, as in Bach's passions, are alternated with contemplative arias, choruses and chorales. Impressive strokes on the timpani echo around the room. Flutes and oboes join in, followed by jubilant trumpets and swirling strings. What we hear is joy and delight at the birth of Christ.

B'Rock performs Messiah in Munchen

At the end of November, B'Rock travelled to Munchen to perform G.F. Handel's Messiah in the beautiful Herkulessaal with the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks and conducted by the Dutch conductor Peter Dijkstra. Both concerts were captivated and will be presented as a DVD recording. You can already watch the full concert online via Arte. 


Since its first performance in Dublin on 13th April 1742, Handel's Messiah has been one of the indisputable icons of Western music. But do we know this oratorio as well as we think?


This work represents a turning point in Handel's career, when his attention shifted permanently from Italian opera to the English oratorio. Charles Jennens compiled various excerpts from the Bible related to the Saviour, creating a contemplative libretto whose dramatic potential Handel took to a climax.


Each one of the ingenious arias, multifaceted choruses and marvellous accompagnato recitatives demonstrates Handel's pictorial rendering of the text and unfailing expressiveness. Such human emotions as joy, sorrow, pride, remorse, menace, fear, sympathy, tenderness, solidarity and gratitude all make an appearance and in this concert are brought to life.

B'Rock presents new cultural season

"A painting can be anything"

It looks like 2014 will be a vintage year for B'Rock. Over the last few weeks and months we have shared prestigious platforms in Belgium and abroad with high-profile conductors, soloists and directors. From the Holland Festival to the Wiener Festwochen, from René Jacobs to Jérémie Rhorer, from Romeo Castellucci to Pierre Audi.


There is also plenty to look forward to in the 2014-2015 season ahead. In December, we shall be touring with Rias Kammerchor and under the baton of René Jacobs, presenting performances of J.S. Bach's complete Christmas oratorio. In addition, we are reviving the acclaimed musical-theatre production Arthur, recording Handel's Messiah on DVD and linking the chaos of Rebel's Les Elements to Arvo Pärt's Tabula Rasa. And Mozart will of course be making an appearance too.

What challenges and discoveries does the prevailing music scene have in store for a baroque orchestra? In April 2015 B'Rock will be devoting a festival at Flagey in Brussels to this question. Together with such musical guests as BL!NDMAN and Uri Caine, we shall be exploring the fascinating contemporary music, and historical and contemporary performance practices. Beyond baroque!


«I am going to paint in a fashion that is in no way reminiscent of painting», Narcisse Tordoir once said, thereby putting himself beyond the bounds of the medium, but at the same time remaining an extension of it. It is this quote that led to the design for the cover and pictures inside this brochure. The works by Narcisse Tordoir, one of the most influential Belgian artists, depict in an odd sort of way our quest for the how, what and why of baroque music in the present day.


The cover image of our brochure, The Pink Spy 3 (2013), refers to a work by the 18th-century Venetian artist Giambattista Tiepolo. Two children look around them, bewildered. It is not clear what has just happened and what is going to happen. The scene just outside the picture that draws their attention remains a riddle. Tiepolo's famous clouds here take the form of white plastic. Combined with wilted plants, rubble and a marble dog, the whole thing has a mysterious air. This outsized work seems at first sight to be photographic. But something is not right. A painting by Narcisse Tordoir does not necessarily involve oil paint; as he says, «a painting can be anything». Beyond baroque!

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