2017 Manchester Chorale with Acantus

2 – 6 July 2022 Wien – Eisenstadt – Mörbisch – Bratislava (A)

We visited the beautiful cities of Vienna, Bratislava and Eisenstadt. We sang well and were introduced to a fine vocal ensemble Ton in Ton by our Flemish Linde. We were briefly with Joseph Haydn, the Esterhazy’s, at the Neusidler See. It was a top trip!

 2019 – Utrecht (NL)

The fraternisation and sustenance with the Utrecht city council and the Sint-Maarten committees from Beveren, Utrecht and Leiden was heartwarming.

We performed a concert in the St.-Aloysiuskerk in front of a warm, attentive and grateful audience. We sang our latest pieces and we did our Flemish composers deserved credit.

2018 – Cologne (Germany)

Performing the Mittagsgebet in the Kölner Dom and the worship service in the church of Sankt Maria im Kapitol.

2017 – Manchester (UK)

Very nice contact with the Chorale and the conductor. We sang a fine concert, honoured by the presence of the Lord Mayor, and his Lady Mayoress. Sunday a worship service with the 2 choirs, with the performance of our Mass by Močnik and singing together by both choirs.

2016 Visit from Manchester Chorale (UK)

The trip to Belgium was unforgettable! The joint concerts were top-notch and… the Belgian beer was super! Four heavenly days! Rachmaninov’s Tebje Pajom sounded very moving in St Charles Borromeo’s church.

2016 – Catalonia (Spain)

What an experience it was, that Barcelona trip! The receptions were unadulterated Catalan: tapas, drinks, dancing and cordiality! The concerts! The baptisms! The visits! We look back with pleasure and joy on this intense four-day trip, brilliantly organised by ‘the Catasons’. Amigos para siempre.

2015 Visit from ‘Coral Catasons’ (Catalonia, Spain)

Acantus and Coral Catasons met on Flemish soil. The Catalans were welcomed to a varied programme that included tours of Antwerp, Ghent and Brussels, a visit to the European Parliament, a reception by the city council at Cortewalle, a barbecue with singing session, concerts and the gracing of a mass.

2014 – Paris (France)

Concert in the Eglise de la Madeleine. We performed exclusively music from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. An international audience enjoyed Tinel, De Boeck, Van Nuffel and Nees. There was also European music on the programme. Hera Wyckers played the magisterial Cavaillé-Coll organ.

2013 – Verona and Venice (Italy)

Participation in Festival Corale Verona Garda Estate. The well-filled programme included profane performances and masses. On the return journey, we visited Venice and conducted a worship service there in the Basilica San Marco.

2012 – Amiens and environs (France)

Beautiful music by Flemish composer Flor Peeters reverberated through the French cathedral. 6 choir members were musically baptised on the cathedral square.

2009 – Portugal

A beautiful Lisboa story: Acantus and Faith in the echoing Jeronimos monastery garden, the canopy, ladder and balcony of the Chapito. Fado lived its own life during this dream trip.

2008 Visit from Kairos (Poland)

Witam!  The memories of the first exchange in 1990 were not out of the blue: it became an emotional and heartfelt reunion, with high-quality concerts in Sint-Niklaas and Haasdonk and … perhaps a follow-up in Poland?

2007 – Luxembourg

Tasting of Moselle wine, a city visit, a beautiful worship service accompanied by Erwin on the great organ in the beautiful Eglise Saint-Martin of Dudelange.

2006 Visit of Vox Carniolus (Slovenia) to Flanders.

A feast of fraternisation and friendship, a musical feast during the two wonderful concerts: in Sombeke and Beveren. They visited a good part of the Flemish country with us.

2005 – Slovenia

A dream trip … with beautiful concerts in Bled, Kranjska Gora and in Koroska Bela with the guest choir Vox Carniolus.

2004 – Arras and Lille (France)

Listening to the worship service in the Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille

2002 – Rome and Umbria  (Vatican City and Italy)

Listening to the worship service at the Basilica Papale San Pietro, a brilliant concert in Assisi, and a superb a cappella performance in San Giustino. 

2001 – Reims (France)

Performing the worship service at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame.

1999 – Canterbury (Great Britain)

Tea-time in the garden for “The good Companions of Beveren”, after gracing the worship service at All Saints Church in Tudeley.

1998 – Prague (Czech Republic)

Concerts were held at the Church of “The Child Jesus of Prague”, the Ludmilla Church, the Church of Mary Snow. Our colourful gang gave a briljant mini concert in the Old Town Square, the centre of Europe. At Villa Bertramka , the residence of W.A.Mozart, the Ave Verum Corpus resounded.

1996 – Hillerod (Denmark)

A return visit at the invitation of the Frederiksborg Kammerkor from Hillerod. Performances in Engholm, Hillerod and Soborg. On the programme mainly Flemish choral music by Tinel, Termont, D’Hollander, Nees, alongside works by de Monte, Purcell, Duruflé and Britten.


Reception Frederiksborg Kammerkor from Hillerod, Denmark.

1994 – Koblenz (Germany)

Concerts in the Liebfrauenkirche and on the promenade in Bad Ems.

1993 – Hungary

At the invitation of the Béla Barto Choir from Budapest, the choir performed concerts in Budapest, Buda and Vàl . It performed works by H. Schütz, V. Nees, Z. Kodaly and W. Vogel, among others.


Reception Budapest Béla Bartok University Choir from Budapest, Hungary.

1991 – Strasbourg (France).

Performance of the Mass by Ph. De Monte in the Cathédrale Notre-Dame.

1990 – Poland.

A concert tour at the invitation of the very hospitable Chor Akademicki UMCS of Lublin, with concerts in Lublin (broadcast on Polish radio), Warsaw and Kazimierz Dolny. Performing the worship service at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig (Germany).

1989 – Paris (France)

Performing the worship service at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame with works by F. Peeters and J. Van Nuffel for 5 to 6,000 listeners. Reception of Chor Akademicki UMCS (Lublin, Poland).