Con Cuore Waregem

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Land: België
Dirigent: Jan Vuye


In 1971 Con Cuore Waregem started out as ‘Het Waregems Kamerkoor’(‘Waregem Chamber Choir’). After the passage of its conductors Ivan Leire and Patrick Van Compernolle, Hans Vervenne took on major productions such as Bach’s St.John Passion and both Mozart’s and Fauré’s Requiem.

Since1999 CCW has been conducted by Jan Vuye. Ever since choir members and conductor have been exploring new horizons, in which the main focusis 20th century music, but also Duruflé’s Requiem,Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, choral music by W. Matthias and J. Tavener, and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

Thechoir’s steady growth lead to its taking on a new name in October2003, since the choir no longer could be categorised as a chamber choir. Con Cuore Waregem was (re)born, its first achievement being winning first prize with their performance of the compulsory work by Frits Celis at the international choir competition Flanders-Maasmechelen (BE). In 2005 CCW made the finals of the ‘Koorvan het Jaar’ competition (BE). The year after they took first prize in the first edition of the triennial ‘Muziekprijs LievenDuvosel’ (BE), as well as becoming first laureate of the choirfestival organised by the province of West-Flanders (BE). Roland Coryn was assigned to write a commissioned composition, which was first performed by CCW as Canticum Canticorum Salomonis,besides Rachmnaninov’s All-Night Vigil.

In 2010 Con Cuore Waregem was selected by the Florilège Vocal de Tours committee (FR); in the same year they took part in the second finals of the provincial choir competition, which was rewarded with great honour and congratulations from all members of the jury.

Both in 2011 and 2012 CCW was granted the title of ‘Cultural Ambassadorof the City of Waregem’. In 2012 they performed Bach’s St.Matthew Passion (Mendelssohnversion) and were invited to sing at the choir festival of Verona(IT). In 2013 CCW was asked to take part in a surprise concert on the occasion of Belgian choir music composer Kurt Bikkemberg’s 50th birthday; later that year they programmed highly appreciated and very own projects ‘Voices²’ (in collaboration with the American choir Pitt Men’s Glee Club), ‘Carrousel’ and ‘O Magnum Mysterium’.

In the years 2104-15-16 CCW consolidated its title as ‘Cultural Ambassador of the City of Waregem’ as a result of ‘it affirming its high level and corresponding status thanks to innovative projects that surpass regional image and presentation’.

In 2016 they won the choir festival organised by the province ofWest-Flanders (BE). Due to this extraordinary performance on the onehand, and prestigious and ambitious future projects on the other, CCW was, once more, granted the title of ‘Cultural Ambassador of the City of Waregem’ for the years to come (2017-18-19).

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