Since its creation in 1990, Vivente Voce, based in Gent, Belgium, has built a solid reputation and is known for its versatile repertoire and the high quality of its performances. The choir is composed of about 45 trained and experienced singers who devote themselves enthusiastically to their passion.
The choir performs vocal music running from the baroque era, to the classical and romantic eras, and through to contemporary music. Highlights include performances of J.M. Haydn's Requiem in C, J.S. Bach's Hohe Messe, Weihnachtsoratorium, Mattheus- and Johannes-Passion, G.F. Händel's Messiah, W.A. Mozart's Requiem, Grosse Messe and Krönungsmesse, J. Haydn's Paukenmesse, Nelsonmesse, and Die Schöpfung, A. Vivaldi's Gloria and Magnificat, Zelenka's Missa Votiva, G. Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle. Next to this repertoire, the choir regularly performs contemporary a capella music by both Belgian and foreign composers, including Vic Nees, Kurt Bikkembergs, Morten Lauridsen and John Rutter.
The manager of the lunchtime concerts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields gave this feedback to Vivente Voce after its performance in August 2016. "Firstly on behalf of St Martin’s, may I thank you whole-heartedly for a truly exceptional concert. The programme was beautifully balanced and showed a lot of technical skill from the choir, as well as a very fine combined tone. The pieces were brought to life, the emotions running clearly through the sound."
On the occasion of the East Flanders provincial choral competition, Vivente Voce was ranked in the highest category ('premier division'). The jury praised the choir's balanced choral sound, the high degree of musicality and the excellent interpretation of the texts.
Jeroen Keymeulen has been the choir's conductor since 2011. He holds a Master’s degree in classical guitar and chamber music as well as orchestral conducting from the Lemmens Institute in Leuven (Belgium). He perfected his skills at the Conservatorium Maastricht (the Netherlands), studying with top Italian guitarist Carlo Marchione. He also followed a vocal education. Building on this background, he puts a lot of attention on vocal quality and choral sound.
After having taught numerous young musicians at the academy of Oudenaarde, he was appointed artistic director of the music academy in Wilrijk in 2013 and then general director of the music academy in Borgerhout in 2015. Since August 2019 he is General Manager of Koor & Stem.
As a conductor, Jeroen moves between a wide range of musical styles. In addition to classical music from different eras, he has a keen interest in musical theatre, and has conducted, amongst others, ‘The Wiz' and 'Fame'.
O Radiant Dawn - J. McMillan
Salve Regina - E. Wambach
Gebet - M. Bruch
Psalm 100 - M. Jasinski
May-Day - V. Nees
Calme des nuits - C. Saint-Saens
Nachtstilte - L. Van Hove
Les fleurs et les arbres - C. Saint-Saens
Earth Song - F. Ticheli
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