Voices of Passion

Enjoy the dulcet tones of this superior polyphonic festival. During Voices of Passion, various ensembles bring enchanting polyphonic music back to life.

Huelgas ensemble tijdens Passie van de Stemmen festival

Flemish music masters

Just like the Flemish Primitives in the art world, Flemish composers took the world by storm during the Renaissance. They made names for themselves composing music made up of multiple voices, i.e. polyphonies.

Polyfonische muziek partituur

Pefect Polyphony

In polyphonic music, multiple voices sing their own melodies simultaneously. This gives the music a complex structure, as well as an extraordinarily harmonious unity. This style of music evolved from a point where there was initially a single, overpowering voice into a style where all the voices were equally important. The composers utilised an incredible amount of technical control, which created balanced musical lines and a gorgeous composition of the voices.

Huelgas ensemble tijdens Passie van de Stemmen

Voices of Passion festival

Every May, the world’s best ensembles are invited to perform in the Park Abbey Baroque church. They give this old music a special interpretation in these performances during the Voices of Passion festival.

  • 29 April until 9 May 2021 in Park Abbey (Leuven)
Digital Lab van Alamire Foundation

Alamire Foundation

The Alamire Foundation in Leuven is helping people to appreciate this ancient musical style once again. They are maintaining pieces of our heritage by interpreting and digitising ancient scores. Old music is given new life and scores are reinterpreted in Leuven. This is how Flemish polyphonic music is being gradually rediscovered.