Prelude to the National Holiday

The concert that traditionally takes place on the eve of the Belgian National Holiday, has taken on a special shape this year. The concert has been recorded by the Belgian national broadcasters and will be broadcast on radio, television and the internet.

Three Belgian laureates of the Queen Elisabeth Competition had the opportunity to perform with the Belgian National Orchestra in the Henry Le Boeuf hall of the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels (Bozar), in the presence of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen, Her Royal Highness Princess Astrid and His Royal Highness Prince Lorenz, and His Royal Highness Prince Laurent.


Watch and listen to this exceptional concert on the RTBF channels on Monday 20 July :
  • On television at 8:30 p.m. on La Trois.
  • On the radio at 8 p.m. on Musiq'3.
  • At 8:30 p.m. on AUVIO.
or on the channels of the VRT on Tuesday 21 July :
  • On television at 3:30 p.m. on Eén.
  • On the radio at 8 p.m. on Klara.
  • Afterwards, the recording will be available on VRT NU for one month.
As of July 21st, you can also watch the concert on our website.

This was the first concert with an audience at the Palais des Beaux-Arts since the beginning of March. Not a customary Preludium concert though, which is usually played in front of a full concert hall every year, but a slightly modified formula with only 200 spectators, in line with the guidelines of the National Security Council. The tickets were distributed in no time by the social media channels of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. The composition and positioning of the orchestra hasl also been adapted in accordance with security measures.


The Belgian National Orchestra presents a varied programme and, as usual, puts Belgian composers in the spotlight. The concert starts with a moment of reflection with the Adagio pour quatuor d'orchestre by Guillaume Lekeu. Tenor Thomas Blondelle (laureate in 2011), soprano Jodie Devos (laureate in 2014) and violinist Sylvia Huang (laureate in 2019) perform works by Mozart, Strauss, Copland, Bernstein, Beethoven, and Eugène Ysaÿe, whom, together with Queen Elisabeth, was at the origin of the Queen Elisabeth Competition.

This concert was organised by the Queen Elisabeth Competition, in collaboration with the Belgian National Orchestra and Bozar, thanks to the support of the FPS Chancellery of the Prime Minister and the National Lottery.

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