Entries by Bernard Sintobin

South Africa: US Woordfees 2017

Ook die Vlaamse dirigent Rik Ghesquière is, danksy sy betrokkenheid by die Stellenbosch Internasionale Kamermusiekfees en die Gauteng Filharmoniese Orkes in Pretoria, geen vreemdeling vir Suid-Afrika nie. Vanjaar het hy opgetree saam met die US Simfoniese Blaasensemble (USSBE), Paarl Primêre Seunskoolkoor, Rietenbosch Primêr Skoolkoor en ERUB Kinderkoor, asook Petrus du Preez (verteller) en studente van […]

Rik creates Moeder zonder meer by Piet Swerts

In 2014 Rik Ghesquière created with composer Piet Swerts the musical theatre and ballet production ” Moeder zonder meer’ a memorial to World War I for narrator, solo clarinet, chamber orchestra and ballet. Rik conducted the soloists of the Brussels Philharmonic, in cooperation with clarinetist Eddy Vanoosthuyse and Ballet Vlaanderen. Piet Swerts performed on the piano and […]

Vlaams-Brabants Symfonie Orkest

The Vlaams-Brabants Symfonie Orkest of VBSO was founded in 2007 in order to allow young musicians from the higher level of music academies and talented amateur musicians to work with professional musicians to participate in a quality music repertoire. Under the artistic direction of conductor Rik Ghesquière and concertmaster Hilde Van Keer they have already made quite a […]


Tourdion is a mixed choir based in Leuven, Belgium. It has around 50 singers and performs two concerts per year, a Spring concert with a variety of music and the traditional Christmas concert with bigger vocal works in combination with Christmas traditionals. Recent repertoire include the Christmas Oratorio of J.S. Bach, Eternal Lights by Howard Goodall, […]

Soloists of the Brussels Philharmonic and Royal Ballet of Flanders

Together with composer Piet Swerts and clarinet soloist Eddy Vanoosthuyse, Rik Ghesquière developed a beautiful project in cooperation with the Royal Ballet of Flanders. ‘Moeder zonder meer’ of ‘Simply a Mother’ is quite unique. Luc Vanhauwaert wrote a fifteen page poem, an ode to poets and writers at both sides of the war fronts. It is also an […]