The “Chorale universitaire de Louvain” was created in September 2004 by Charlotte Messiaen, and supported by the academic authorities, to accompany events of University life and to give students the opportunity to sing in a quality Choir with a varied repertoire. The choir represents UCLouvain in Belgium and abroad.
Made up of about forty young members, the choir is associated with liturgical celebrations marking the start of the academic year, University celebrations, or for retiring of professors. It has contributed to the inauguration of the Ferme du Biéreau, sang multiple Christmas concerts in the Brabant Wallon, sang in the Cathedral of Brussels, and the Aula Magna, as well as at the “Nuit de Beloeil”.
Among the choir’s partners can be found the “Chorale de l’Alma“, the “Orchestre Symphonique des Etudiants de Louvain-la-neuve”, the “Quatuor Lamina“, the “Orchestre Jean-Noël Hamal“, the “Orchestre symphonique des Jeunes de Bruxelles“ and the soloists of the “Chapelle musical Reine Elisabeth”.
On several occasions, the Choir has collaborated with other university choirs, such as: in 2006, the Choir was invited in the University of Warsaw by Cardinal Wizinski, in 2008 it travelled to Lausanne to sing with the choirs of the University of Lausanne, in 2016 it travelled to Rome to sing with the choir of the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, in 2017 to Cluj, Romania, to sing with Visszhang kórus, and in 2018 to Dublin to sing with the Trinity College Singers.
The choir has recorded two CD, one of which records the folkloric songs of regional student groups present around the campus of Louvain-la-Neuve, while the other showcases our favourite songs.
The choir is open to students, PhD students, postdocs, assistants, young professors and researchers from the UCLouvain and the high schools of Louvain-La-Neuve.