Belgian National Orchestra

‘Cantania - 1001x une ville, een stad’

10 June'23

A unique adventure that makes you sing with your students!

In June 2023, a big performance will invite parents, family, and friends to gather at Bozar to listen to the young choristers accompanied on stage by the Belgian National Orchestra.

Cantania - 1001x une ville, een stad
The cantata that will be performed during the school year 2022-2023 is based on a composition by Liesa Van der Aa and Stefaan De Rycke, on the text of 'National Poet 2021' Carl Norac

Once upon a time there was a city, in Brussels as elsewhere.
In this city live two children with extraordinary talents.
There is Dario: a word juggler who creates poems by walking (and stumbling).
Then there is Ella, an inventor who collects sounds to make music of her time.
As if by chance, their paths collide! Together they think they can take on the world, superheroes!
And this world needs them, because it is suffering...
Do their children's voices carry enough to save it?

It is an eclectic, rhythmic cantata full of poetry, melodies, and joyfully provocative sounds... In this work, the inventiveness, creativity, and talents (hidden or not) of everyone are honored. On stage, the students will be accompanied by professional musicians.

The schools : 
13.00: BS Carolus Magnus, Calame asbl, Centre Pédagogique du Parc Astrid, Ecole en Couleurs, Everheide, Institut Sainte-Anne, Peter Pan, Sint-Lukas Basisschool.

18.00: Basisschool GO! De wimpel, École de l’Allée Verte, Hendrik Conscience Basisschool, Institut de la Vierge Fidèle, Institut Saint Louis 3, La Retraite du Sacré-Cœur, Steinerschool.

Composition: Liesa Van der Aa & Stefaan De Rycke
Text: Carl Norac 
Dramaturgy : Vital Schraenen

Pedagogical support :  Ruby De Bruyne

Musical Direction: David Ramael

Solistes :

  • Hannelore Primusz , Ella
  • François Vaiana, Dario
  • Naomi Beeldens, Nature

The Musicians of the Belgian National Orchestra

  • Jessica Tortorice, violin
  • Taras Zanchak, cello 
  • Dan Ishimoto, contrabass
  • Jérémie Fèvre, flute
  • Jan Van Duffel, horn
  • Alvaro Ferrer, clarinet
  • Berten Claes, Trombone
  • Nico Schoeters, percussion
    ​​​​​​​The Cantania project would not be possible without the support of the ENGIE Foundation, Candriam Institute for Sustainable Development and the Fondation Futur 21. 

Practical information


Henry Le Boeuf Hall

Rue Ravenstein 23 1000 BRUSSELS


With the Kids and Teens


Primary Education


  • Surtitles: French Dutch



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