Since its construction in 1430, Bruges’ Prinsenhof was the premier venue in which to host royal events. Today the Prinsenhof (or Palace) has been reinstated to its former grandeur as the city’s only five star hotel and is reviving the traditions of the Dukes of Burgundy era by holding a series of classical concerts in its listed chapel this spring.
“In respect of the rich history of the Palace and the Dukes of Burgundy, I am thrilled at the prospect of introducing “The Dukes’ Chapel Concerts” at the Kempinski Hotel Dukes’ Palace” commented Mr Philippe De Meyer, General Manager.
With the 15th Century historical listed chapel as a backdrop, the air will be filled with divine symphonies from internationally renowned artists who have performed in prestigious locations including the Royal Palace in Brussels, the Concert Hall in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London and the United Nations in Geneva.
The concerts will be hosted on the following dates:
Friday 26th March 2010
Musicians: Véronique Bogaerts (Violin), Vincent Hepp (Violin and Altviolin) and Sarah Dupriez (Cello)
Programme: Georg Friedrich Haendel, Adrien-François Servais and Hubert Léonard, Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven.
Friday 23rd April 2010
Musician: Yves Storms (Guitar)
Programme: “ 500 Years of guitar” - John Dowland, Silvius Leopold Weiss, Johan Sebastian Bach, Fernando Sor, Yuquijiro Yocoh, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Antonio Ruiz-Pipo.
Friday 28th May 2010
Musician: France Springuel (Cello)
Programme: Johan Sebastian Bach – “Suites” for violoncello solo.
Friday 25th June 2010
Musicians: Sophie Hallynck and Anneleen Lenaerts (Harp)
Programme: César Franck, Johan Sebastian Bach, John Thomas, Claude Debussy, Bernard Andres.
Entrance: 24 euro per person. The entrance ticket includes the entrance to the concert at 19.30 and a drink in the company of the artists after the concert.
Kempinski Hotel Dukes’ Palace (+32 50 44 78 82; www.kempinski.com/bruges) offers standard nightly rates from 199 euro in a Double Superior Room on a Bed & Breakfast basis.