On Friday 19 August, the new edition of Laus Polyphoniae will officially kick off. Long-term partners AMUZ (Flanders Festival Antwerp) and the Alamire Foundation are joining forces once again to organize the early music festival, which this year will focus entirely on the ‘Polyphony of Life’.
Every year, the Flemish radio Klara dedicates a radio broadcast to Laus Polyphoniae. Host Nicole Van Opstal and her guests discuss the festival theme. What is counterpoint? And why is it such an essential part of Renaissance music? How can we find polyphony in our daily lives, and are there parallels to be drawn between melodic lines that are interwoven and human lives that intersect? In many cultures, music plays an important role at crucial moments in life. Plenty of subjects for the guests to discuss: festival director Bart Demuyt, historian Edward De Maesschalck, conductor Robert Hollingworth, mourning consultant Marleen Vertommen, and paediatrician Jacqueline Versteeg. Adriaan Lauwers and Wim Diepenhorst will provide live music.
You can listen to the radio broadcast on Klara on Friday 19 August between 6 PM and 8 PM, as well as to the opening concert of the festival by Contrapunctus & Choir of The Queen's College Oxford.
More information about the festival can be found here.