CANTO APERTO Plainchant Festival, Belgium, 2012
  • [UPDATE: The contact information in this announcement is no longer valid, so I have removed it. As far as I know, the festivals have not continued after 2014.--admin, July 14, 2020]

    Plainchant Festival

    2012 Edition: Chant from the Rhine and
    Mosan Lands Sint-Truiden (B) 21-23.IX.2012

    Call for Concert Proposals

    In 2012, the first CANTO APERTO
    Plainchant Festival will be organized in the city of Sint-Truiden, Belgium.
    This new, bi-annual festival aims at exploring the rich history of plainchant
    and its performance practices from the 7th century until today. The 2012
    edition focuses on the chant traditions and repertory of the Mosan Area and the
    Rhineland in the 12th and 13th centuries.

    We invite ensembles of young
    (semi)professionals to contact us with (general) concert program concepts or
    (specific) proposals related to the theme of the 2012 edition. Ensembles
    interested in collaboration with the festival but with no previous experience
    related to the Rhine-Meuse repertory are also invited to express their interest
    and to send their applications. Musicological advice and guidance towards
    relevant sources can be provided by CANTO APERTO. Similarly, musicologists and
    other scholars studying the Mosan and Rhineland of the 12th and 13th centuries
    are invited to collaborate with the festival as well.

    Program proposals may relate to one or
    more of the five strands outlined below. Applications should include a
    curriculum of the ensemble, at least one letter of recommendation, and one
    recent recording. Proposals and applications (by preference in English, but
    proposals in other languages are also accepted) should be sent to Bart De Vos () before May 31, 2010. Please contact Pieter Mannaerts () with musicological questions.

    Proposed strands:

    1. A Network of Cities (Aachen, Cologne, Liège, Tongeren, Maastricht)

    2. Rhine and Meuse: transport and transmission

    3. Keepers of the Carolingian Heritage

    4. A Promised Land for Orders and Communities

    5. A Land of Saints

    More details on these strands and a longer concept text on CANTO APERTO can be found on the websites of Musica (, Resonant (, and the Alamire Foundation (

    The festival themes of the next editions will be Chant in the Romantic Era (2014), Chant in the Baroque Period (2016),
    Carolingian Chant (2018), and Chant of the Renaissance (2020).

    Dr. Pieter Mannaerts
    Postdoctoral Fellow | Research Foundation--Flanders

    Katholieke Universiteit
    Leuven | Musicology | Alamire Foundation