MA Academy

A group of 24 young artists is invit­ed to Bruges dur­ing the MA Festival. Mentored by top musi­cians from Il Gardellino and B’Rock and led by Peter Whelan, they put on their danc­ing shoes for a pro­gramme that revolves entire­ly around Baroque suites. After four days of inten­sive rehearsals and work­shops, the up-and-com­ing musi­cians take to the Concert Hall stage.

Interested in par­tic­i­pat­ing? Read all about the selec­tion process in the regulations.

Not inter­est­ed in par­tic­i­pat­ing? Then you can sim­ply come and enjoy the MA Academy Concert on Monday, August 5th. General tick­et sales start on Monday, April 29th.


Dancing with Bach as Guide

  • Peter Whelan IR musi­cal direction
  • MA Academy orches­tra
  • ma-mo 05.08.2024
  • 20.00 | Concertgebouw Brugge, Concertzaal
  • 31 | €21
  • 19.00 | Introduction in the Chamber Music Hall

It will be hard to sit still dur­ing the MA Academy con­cert on Monday 5 August. Taking Johann Sebastian Bach’s fourth suite as their guide­line, our young musi­cians will be danc­ing their way through 18th cen­tu­ry Europe. The suite – cre­at­ed and danced at court before being immor­talised as a con­cert genre – is the quin­tes­sence of move­ment in music. How do Johann Sebastian Bach, John Locke, Johann Friedrich Fasch and Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco relate to each oth­er in the swirl of a suite? Germany, England, France and Italy? We dis­cov­er the answer together.

With music by Johann Sebastian Bach (16851750), John Locke (16321704), Johann Friedrich Fasch (16881758) & Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco (16751742)

In col­lab­o­ra­tion with Concertgebouw Brugge, Il Gardellino & B’Rock Orchestra

During MA Academy 2024, Peter Whelan will take on the musi­cal direc­tion. Whelan is one of the most ver­sa­tile rep­re­sen­ta­tives of his­tor­i­cal per­for­mance prac­tice of his gen­er­a­tion. He has had a remark­able career as a con­duc­tor, key­boardist, and solo bas­soon­ist, serv­ing as the artis­tic direc­tor of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and found­ing artis­tic direc­tor of Ensemble Marsyas. As a con­duc­tor, Whelan has a par­tic­u­lar pas­sion for explor­ing and pro­mot­ing Baroque music that has long been neglected.