Apotheosis Orchestra + Caroline Weynants & Pierre Derhet

15:00 – 16:00


Handel: Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day (1739)

Work by Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759)

In 1739, Georg Friedrich Handel was inspired by a poem by the Englishman John Dryden, written some fifty years earlier, to compose a cantata dedicated to the patron saint of musicians, Saint Cecilia. Premiered on 22 November, the date on which Christians celebrate Saint Cecilia, this work joyfully praises the power of music through a multitude of arias. Each of them corresponds to a particular emotion, as the rules of Baroque art dictate.

Caroline Weynants soprano
Pierre Derhet tenor
Korneel Bernolet organ & conductor
Sien Huybrechts flute
Vinciane Baudhuin oboe
Isabel Favilla bassoon
Sander Kintaert trumpet
Bart Rosseels timpani
Madoka Nakamaru, Ortwin Lowyck & Marrie Mooij violins
Jorlen Vega viola
Ronan Kernoa cello
Gery Cambier double bass
Justin Glaie lute
Dimos De Beun harpsichord
Maris Pajuste soprano
Bart Uvyn altus
Gert-Jan Verbueken tenor
Leander Carlier bass



Apotheosis Orchestra

The Apotheosis Orchestra made its debut in 2011 as a chamber music ensemble, and in 2013 evolved into a larger and more flexible orchestral group performing Haydn’s oratorio La Création. Led by conductor and harpsichordist Korneel Bernolet, Apotheosis Orchestra specialises in performances on period instruments. The group aims for ‘ the apotheosis’ and tends to glorify the music itself by approaching the way a musician of a given period might have read and played a musical score. They play music from the baroque to the late romantic era, with a preference for oratorio and especially opera. At the end of 2019, their first major orchestral recording was released by Ramée: a dyptic around Pygmalion, which immediately won awards and was recognised as a new reference recording in France and Germany.


Caroline Weynants

Caroline Weynants is a Belgian soprano specialised in baroque music. She studied at the Royal Conservatory of Liège in the class of Greta de Reyghere, where she obtained her higher diploma in singing (2003) as well as a first prize in chamber music. She is known for her many collaborations with international ensembles of high quality and for her rich discography. She has performed in numerous festivals and concert halls in Belgium, Europe and internationally. In addition to her long-term involvement with the Centre d’Art Vocal & de Musique Ancienne (CAV&MA), she now works mainly with the ensembles Correspondances (S. Daucé) and Vox Luminis (L. Meunier). She gives about 40 concerts per year.


Pierre Derhet

The Belgian tenor Pierre Derhet is laureate of the Académie de chanteurs du Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie 2016. He has won several competitions such as the Dexia Competition, the Competition for New Talents in Lyric Art and the Jacques Dôme Competition in Verviers. He started singing at the Institut de Musique et de Pédagogie de Namur with Françoise Viatour, Elise Gäbele and Benoit Giaux. He perfected his technique during masterclasses with Christophe Rousset, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, Andrea Marcon, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Roger Vignoles, Michael Spyres, José Van Dam… Recently, he was Jean-Petit Bleu in #Folon at the Opéra Royal de Liège, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte in Brussels and tenor solo in Mozart’s Requiem at Alden Biesen. Among his projects, we can note several important roles, notably Bob Boles in Peter Grimes by Britten at the Opéra d’Avignon, The Prince in Trois Contes  by G.Pesson and David Lescot at the Opéra de Rennes or Laërte in Hamlet at the Opéra-Comique in Paris.