Familiar with our free concerts? These performances offer free access to the festival while filling this magnificent "open-air theatre" with the music of Mozart and his peers. They attract an enthusiastic audience of all ages, music lovers and newcomers alike, thanks to the diversity of the works performed, which range from 18th century rarities to famous film music. They are designed to showcase this important Belgian heritage site, which is entirely surrounded by facades dating from Mozart’s lifetime. For this 5th edition, we are focusing on brass instruments, with six different programmes performed by three internationally renowned ensembles. As a bonus, there will be the possibility to visit the monument to the martyrs of the 1830 revolution, which is located in the heart of the square, before each concert. These guided tours will be given free of charge by the volunteers of the Royal Society "Les Enfants et Descendants des Combattants de 1830" asbl.
The “Ensemble de Cuivres de Belgique” (ECB) is composed of 11 talented musicians: four trumpets, four trombones, two horns and a tuba. All drawn from the great Belgian orchestras and conservatories, the ECB members decided to come together to unite their shared passion for music. Their extremely diverse repertoire ranges from Gabrieli and Bizet to the music of Astor Piazzolla and famous film scores. For their third participation in the festival, the ECB will perform two different programmes that are sure to satisfy the tastes and curiosity of all our festival goers.
Created in 2011, the Geneva Brass Quintet (GBQ) brings together five musicians each of whom holds a master's degree from the “Haute École de Musique de Genève”. In the spirit of the famous Swiss army knife, the GBQ is a chamber music group with multiple talents. Its warm and brilliant sound lends itself just as well to the precisely honed sound of a Bach fugue as to the soft murmur of a Cosma ballad, or even to a traditional alpenhorn melody. An ardent defender of Swiss culture, the GBC regularly includes works by Swiss composers in its programmes. The ensemble is keen to present this original repertoire during its frequent international tours, thus positioning itself as one of the main Swiss ambassadors of chamber music for brass instruments.
After several years together in the trombone section of the “Musique Royale des Guides”, these four extraordinary trombonists decided to unite their passion for chamber music by forming the quartet Make It Slide. They performed together in concert for the first time as back up musicians for international trombone soloist Brandt Attema. The positive experience of this high profile project inspired them to continue performing as a trombone quartet. Today, they regularly create works for this special formation written by Belgian composers such as Jean Pierre Haeck, Wim Bex, Benoît Chantrix and Stan van Nieuwehuis. For their second year as part of our festival, Make It Slide will perform in a varied programme "from baroque to jazz".