Contius-Bach Festival /Academy

From 7 to 15 July 2023

This year, the second Contius Bach Festival is being organised around the new baroque organ in St Michel’s Church. This instrument is a faithful reconstruction of the instrument built by Heinrich-Andreas Contius 1774-1778 in Liepaja (Latvia).
H.A. Contius was J.S. Bach’s favourite organ builder, and we can therefore rightly consider this organ to be an ideal instrument for performing the master’s music.
We hope you will come and enjoy the programme of this second Contius Bach Festival.
With Bart Jacobs and Les Muffatti, a nocte temporis conducted by Reinoud Van Mechelen, Monica Melcova, Krzysztof Urbaniak, Roel Dieltiens and Bernard Foccroulle, Wim Winters, Hans Davidsson, Benoît Mernier, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Currende olv Erik Van Nevel, Wouter Dekoninck.



As part of the festival, an academy with workshops and master classes around a central theme will be organised in collaboration with the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

8-12 July | voice and organ

Italian music for voice and organ of the 17th century.
Sacred vocal works byMonteverdi, Grandi, Cavalli, Frescobaldi, Sances, and others, and organ works by Frescobaldi, Froberger and others.

Hans Davidsson (Sweden)
Lorenzo Ghielmi (Italy)
Monica Melcova (Slovakia)
Benoît Mernier (Belgium)
Krzysztof Urbaniak (Poland)
Mauro Borgioni (Italy)

Public masterclass

Lorenzo Ghielmi, organist
Mauro Borgioni, baritone

Tue. 11.07 – 3:30 > 5:30 pm

@Sint-Jan-de-Doperkerk, Groot Begijnhof, Leuven

Contius-Bach Festival Concert

Wed. 12.07 – 8:30 pm

@Sint-Jan-de-Doperkerk, Groot Begijnhof, Leuven