Lierenaar conducts in South Africa: “Belgium has more than just delicious chocolate” (Lier)

Lierenaar conducts in South Africa: “Belgium has more than just delicious chocolate” (Lier)
Lierenaar conducts in South Africa: “Belgium has more than just delicious chocolate” (Lier)

Rik Ghesquière and Jolente De Maeyer perform Belgian music in South Africa. — © Nattida-Jayne Kanyachalao


Conductor Rik Ghesquière from Lier and violinist Jolente De Maeyer from Merchtem (Flemish Brabant) left for South Africa on Sunday evening. There they give a few concerts with Belgian music. Ghesquière also visits a school for visually impaired children to which he donated musical instruments three years ago.

Chris Van Rompaey

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“I am traveling to South Africa at the invitation of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra”, says Rik Ghesquière. “During the first week of my stay, I will continue the charity work for the visually impaired children of Athlone School for the Blind, which I started in 2019. I then gave a trumpet to ten blind and underprivileged children from Cape Town. Others got a trumpet. I also gave them a first lesson. I haven’t been there because of corona, so I’m curious how far they are now.”

“On Monday September 12 I will start a project week with students at Stellenbosch University, where I am a guest professor. Over the past corona years I have guided them online, but now I can teach on site for the first time. Next week we will also start rehearsing with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.”

A Taste of Belgium

“I will conduct the concert with that orchestra on Thursday 15 September A Taste of Belgium. We want to show that our country is more than chocolate and beer and that we also mean a lot musically. The program includes two works by August De Boeck, a symphony by Cesar Franck and a saxophone concerto by Kevin Houben. Jolente De Maeyer performs as a soloist. A week later I conduct the orchestra again with the creation for South Africa of Legend of a Giant by Kevin Houben.”

Lierenaar Rik Ghesquière (59) has worked since 1985 as a trumpeter with the Brussels Philharmonic, founded in 1935 by the Belgian public broadcaster NIR, the predecessor of the VRT. Since 2000, Ghesquière has been building a career as a conductor. He is invited by various orchestras at home and abroad as guest conductor. (cvr)

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