United Music of Brussels came into being after the terrorist attacks in Brussels in 2016 and primarily wanted to connect people and revitalise urban society. Due to the strict security protocol, United Music of Brussels’ nature of connection is affected heavily. La Monnaie, Belgian National Orchestra and BOZAR have decided to postpone the fifth edition of United Music of Brussels. Read the full discussion with the three directors about the postponement of United Music of Brussels and the recent decisions of the government.
Every year, during United Music of Brussels, visitors can attend concerts in a relaxed atmosphere at the four corners of the city. Such a unique experience is only possible with the help of extraordinary volunteers. Nelly, who has already participated in several editions, talks to us about her commitment.
Hello Nelly, could you briefly introduce yourself?
Nelly: “I work for the European Commission and I am the president of the staff music circle. It is a way to share our passion for music amongst colleagues.”
And why did you decide to join United Music of Brussels as a volunteer?
Nelly: “I often go to BOZAR or la Monnaie, but classical concerts and opera remain a rather formal experience. By volunteering, I get to see behind the scenes and be more active. I believe it is important to participate in the life of the city and to show that we Eurocrats don’t just stay locked up in our ivory towers.”
What was your role in previous edition?
Nelly: “I was in charge of welcoming the public at one of the stops on the United Music of Brussels itinerary. Last year, I was stationed in a movie theatre basement; the year before that, I was in a luxury boutique on Dansaert Street. It is quite an intense job, because there are a lot of people, everyone asks questions at once, you have to speak several languages at the same time… But it always goes well!”
What do you remember from last year’s edition?
Nelly: “The most striking thing for me at each United Music of Brussels event is the particular atmosphere in the city. People walk from one place to another and simply enjoy participating in an original artistic activity. I also admire the artists who propose original performances out of the usual concert halls!”
Last question: What should United Music of Brussels volunteers ideally experience?
Nelly: “Feeling useful, being part of a great team and attending performances. And that is usually the case.”
Thank you Nelly and have fun on 7 September!
In fact, Nelly is not the only one who is happy to lend a hand. About forty of her colleagues from the European Commission will participate as volunteers in the event, which aims to make classical music and the city’s well-known places more accessible. This is part of “Volunteer for a Change”, the Commission’s internal volunteer programme. For many years, BOZAR has been maintaining a volunteering partnership with the Directorate-General of Human Resources and Security (DG HR) of the European Commission.
For the fourth edition, the musicians of La Monnaie, the National Orchestra of Belgium and BOZAR will perform at the most characteristic places of Brussels. Come and party in the streets of our capital on 7 September 2019, during this new edition of United Music of Brussels!
Being an initiative supported by PlayRight+, United Music of Brussels unites the Belgian National Orchestra, La Monnaie and BOZAR. The aim of the festival is to “actively invite the public to explore Brussels on foot with music as a silver thread”.
This format not only creates a unique and accessible framework for everyone, but also allows you to (re)discover classics with a new twist. Before the start of the festival, the musicians are asked to reinvent their performances and adapt them to the audience and the setting in which they will perform. Result: previously unheard of and original co-creations, such as is the case for the kick-off of the 4th edition of United Music of Brussels. The National Orchestra of Belgium and the Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra will be accompanied by Zwangere Guy, the revelation of the Brussels rap scene.
This year, musicians are not the only artists of the festival. Just as during Roaring Twenties Revisited, some concerts will be accompanied by beautiful dance performances. No stage here to perform a choreography on. Charlotte Vanden Eynde, for example, will set up a stage fashion show, while the National Orchestra of Belgium and Frank Peters (piano) will perform Aubade.
Elsewhere, the melodies of Piazolla will be mixed with Bohemian Rhapsody, or even more, the sounds of Elvis Costella will be reinvented by a string quartet and complemented with singing. Finally, various rehearsal rooms will exceptionally be opened to the public.
In short, new sets, new sounds, reinvented performances… You know what to do on 7 September!
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BOZAR HORTA HALL
BOZAR STAINED GLASS ROOM
BOZAR ROYAL ROOM
LA MONNAIE MALIBRAN
Next edition Saturday 7 September 2019!