The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, which has been a public utility foundation since 2009, was set up in 1939. In 2004, its purpose was completely transformed and is nowadays based on two aspects:
1. High-level training in five disciplines (singing, violin, piano, cello and chamber music) with the assistance of Masters in residence. There will be six great names in classical music working with the Chapel and its young musicians in the 2012-2013 period: José Van Dam, Augustin Dumay, Maria Joao Pires, Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Gary Hoffman and the Artemis quartet.
2. Professional involvement by means of a network of cultural partners in Belgium (Bozar, Flagey, Monnaie, major orchestras, etc.) and partners from all over the world (France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Austria, Japan and the EU). 200 concerts were produced, coproduced or initiated by the Chapel in the 2011-2012 season.
Every year, the Chapel welcomes more than 60 talented young people in residence, Belgian and foreign. (20 nationalities in the 2012-2013 season). The Chapel’s aim is to be among the best training institutions for talented young people.
The Chapel’s budget is currently € 2.5 million per annum. 80% of it is financed by the private sector (foundations, companies, private sponsorship, own receipts) and 20% by public subsidies (Federal scientific policy, Ministry of Education, Wallonia Brussels Federation, etc.).
After renovation of the interior in 2004 and the structures of the Chapel in 2008-2009 (a public utility foundation which manages the operational side and a public limited company with a social objective which owns the property in Waterloo), the Music Chapel is currently drawing up a large-scale infrastructure development project. This New Building project is based on: · Expanding residential accommodation for performers, which has been the project’s aim since 1939. · Expanding the teaching areas. · Creating a new broadcasting and recording studio able to accommodate up to 150 performers.
The aim of this project is to double the Chapel’s reception capacity. (1 800 m2->3 600 m2). The initial budgetary estimate for this project is approx. € 5 to 6 million excluding tax. Up till now, € 2 million has been funded. The project should be finished by summer 2014.
The construction project should be completed after ten years of intense renovation of the Chapel and provide the institution with best conditions to reach its objectives.
Bernard de Launoit, Executive President