What's up for the end of the MuCH Music Season 2019-2020

Dear Friends, Dear Audience,

Our lives have been turned upside down by the sudden appearance of the virus, but as we turn our thoughts to the future, it is a message of solidarity, creativity, and tenacity that we wish to share with you here.

The Music Chapel has been in lockdown since mid-March and this lockdown will continue until May 3.

Following the decisions taken by the Security Council on April 15, the Chapel has been forced to cancel its public concerts until the end of the season, and this until August 31.  Indeed, the safety of our young artists in residence, our team, and our public remains our top priority.

Since the beginning of the lockdown, in order to carry out the Chapel’s primary mission, distance courses have been given by our masters, enabling those artists in residence willing to do so to continue to benefit from the transmission of knowledge during this period of isolation. The Chapel’s teaching activities will resume at the Chapel as soon as possible, all the necessary precautionary measures being taken.

As a result, the last concerts scheduled in the MuCH season are canceled. However, we have decided to postpone some of them, such as the “Artist Diploma” concerts, until next season.

Scheduled from 10 to 14 June, the MuCH Waterloo Festival must also be canceled. However, several concerts programmed for this edition will be postponed until the 2021 edition.

Furthermore, on 17 June at 8 p.m., we will livestream a “Beethoven” concert from our Haas Teichen studio on our YouTube channel (@Musicchapel). The concert will also be broadcast on the radio (Musiq3 & Klara). Lorenzo Gatto and Julien Libeer will perform Beethoven’s Sonatas for piano and violin Nos. 3, 7 and 9 (Kreutzer). We are delighted to be able to present to you in digital form this eagerly anticipated concert scheduled for the end of our 2019-20 season.

As an institution dedicated to the development of young talents during that delicate period of transition between their training and their professional debut on stage, we are also very aware of the difficulties that our young musicians face as a result of these concert cancellations. We are doing all we can to carry out our key mission – their training – and to postpone, insofar as possible, all the scheduled concerts until next season.

This unprecedented situation in the history of our institution is as upsetting to us as it is to you, dear public, and we hope to see you again next season, in good health, and happy to see us again.

Take good care of yourselves, with my most heartfelt thoughts,

Bernard de Launoit – CEO – Executive President