EXCEPTIONAL CHOIR

HISTORY

Founded in 1974, the Pastoureaux choir consists of sixty boys, aged seven to fourteen, whose voices range from soprano to alto. About twenty teenagers and adults support the choir by adding tenor and bass sections. About twenty members of the Pastoureaux form the Cantate Group, which develops additional skills for the keenest children, enabling them to tackle more complex or distinctive works.

REPERTOIRE

The Pastoureaux repertoire is huge. It includes not only works by the great classical masters (Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Franck, Saint-Saëns, Fauré…) but also those of earlier (Schütz, Pachelbel, Allegri…) and later composers (Gershwin, Poulenc, Britten…), not to mention several lesser-known works from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

FESTIVALS

The Pastoureaux are often invited to take part in major music festivals in Belgium. Abroad, the Pastoureaux have distinguished themselves at a number of children’s choir festivals, such as Poznan (Poland), Lake Como (Italy) and the World Peace Choral Festival in Vienna (Austria).

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CONCERTS AGENDA

Classical and Xmas Concert in Tournai

Friday 22 November 2019 – 20:00
Eglise Saint-Jacques, Tournai

Christmas Concert in Waterloo

Friday 13 December 2019 – 20:00
Eglise Saint-Joseph, Waterloo

Christmas Carols

Friday 15 December 2019 – 14:30 & 16:30
Domaine du Château de Seneffe, Seneffe

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It was lovely to hear the sound of a boys’ choir in this competition! The choice of music suited their voices – Dans la troupe was bold and cheeky, with well-marked march rhythms, and Ensemble gave the choir’s excellent soloists a chance to shine. I felt that the competition was a valuable experience for them – they have surely gained in confidence from performing to a TV audience, and the next time they appear, they will have the final milligram of confidence and technical polish. Bravo!

John Rutter

Oubliant pendant quelques heures les jeux de leur âge, ils viennent donner une leçon de sérieux et de gravité qui nous laisse muets et bouleversés.

Sud-Ouest France

Les Pastoureaux chantent avec franchise et conviction: la justesse et le soin de la préparation en font un instrument de valeur…

La Libre Belgique Belgique
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Travelling the World

The Team

Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017, Riga

KEY FIGURES

A choir, voices
80
Founded in
1974
Number of concerts
1026
Yearly hours of rehearsals
150

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NEWS

Les Pastoureaux, Young Mozart-Ambassadors since 2017

In 2017, when “Les Pastoureaux” performed in the great Aula in Salzburg they got the award “Young Ambassadors of the European Mozartways” and share this honour until now with Chor “Amadeo” Salzburg, Youthchoir of the Cathedral of Reims, Youth-Cantorei of the Salzburg Cathedral and Bella Musica – Orchestra Giovanile Europea www.mozartways.com

War requiem by Benjamin Britten at the Kölner Philarmonie

Nous sommes à Cologne pour chanter ce soir le “War Requiem” de Benjamin Britten ! Une sélection de nos choristes mêlent leurs voix à celles de jeunes choristes du Coventry Cathedral Girls’ Choir et du Jugendchor der Lukaskirche Bonn, aux côtés du Polski Narodowy Chór Młodzieżowy, du chœur du Bach-Verein Köln, du Bundesjugendorchester, de membres […]

Watch the Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017 Contest Live on Youtube

A selection of European public radios et televisions will broadcast a brand new Eurovision contest dedicated to amateur choirs on July 22, 2017 at 8 p.m. : Eurovision Choir of the Year 2017. This 100 minutes show will be also available for the most connected among us on this Youtube channel.

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