Mary Magdalene: a spiritual journey

polyphony from the Bossche Choirbooks

Cappella Pratensis
Sun 07/05/2023 - 15:00
Concert, Classical, Vocal
Daytime Show

Ticket prices

€ 22 - check our reductions

Commissioned by the Illustrious Brotherhood of Our Lady of Den Bosch, calligrapher Petrus Alamire created three extensive choirbooks with polyphonic masses and motets (1530-31).

Cappella Pratensis puts a spotlight on one of the principal saints of this brotherhood with the five-voice Missa de Sancta Maria Magdalena by Nicolas Champion, complemented by other music from the Bossche Choirbooks.

Cappella Pratensis from the Dutch city of Den Bosch is in a long-term residence with the Alamire Foundation. On the basis of the original manuscript, the ensemble perfectly succeeds in bringing the emotional strength and expressive subtlety of this music to life.


Leuven and polyphony have since long been closely connected. The Alamire Foundation from Leuven conducts and encourages research into the Gregorian chant and polyphony of the Low Countries.

The Voices of Passion festival is the perfect platform for sharing the research results with as many listeners as possible. This festival edition will have a particularly European flavour with performers from Italy, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Flanders and Britain.

The performances result in a unique interaction between audience, performers and researchers, which in turn leads to a deeper understanding of the repertoire and its further exploration at the innovative and high-tech labs of the Library of Voices and the House of Polyphony, located on the beautiful site of Park Abbey.


“… lavish polyphony interpreted with lots of passion … (De Volkskrant)

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artistic direction Stratton Bull photo Hans Morren

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