Flagey Academy is a multiannual choir project for children and young people in Brussels aged from 6 to 20. The participants, both boys and girls, are selected on the basis of motivation and recruited from primary schools in Brussels that reflect the city's social, cultural and linguistic diversity. Inspired by the work of the Oxford New College Choir and the Thomanerchor in Leipzig, Gilles Ledure, general manager of Flagey, founded the Academy in 2019.
The project aims to bring singers from across the city together though choral singing, and to foster in them a love of music and a sense of purpose. More than just a choir, Flagey Academy is a long-term project, and consists of training programmes at preparatory and advanced levels. Throughout the learning process, the team of musicians and music pedagogues will focus on each young person’s artistic, emotional and intellectual development. The young singers will not only learn how to use their voice and to sing musically, singing together with others will also help build their self-confidence, and will teach them about commitment and respect for other cultures and individuals.
Flagey Academy starts within primary schools, with its PREP CHOIRS for children aged 6 to 12. They learn about rhythm and intonation and discover the joy of singing as part of a group. At the age of 10 these children can audition for the Flagey Academy YOUTH CHOIRS, that hosts young talented singers aged 10 to 20. The ambition of Flagey Academy is for these young people to achieve a pre-professional level by the end of their training that gives them the opportunity to go on to study music in higher education.
Flagey Academy Artistic Director : Helen Cassano
Flagey Academy Coordinator : Silke Vandaele
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