History of music with the Royal Music Chapel of the Guides of Belgium

The Royal Music Chapel of the Guides of Belgium - screenshot


On 9 November 2018, their majesties the King and the Queen of the Belgians
offered a gala concert on the occasion of the centenary of the end of the first
World War. The concert was graced by the Royal Music Chapel of the Guides
of Belgium and commemorated the key moment in European and global history
with a tribute to all victims. The guests of the concert were mainly compatriots
who have dedicated themselves during the past memorial year to the theme of
war, peace and memory. The program contained pieces of music that were 
composed around the theme  of the first World War by prominent Belgian and
foreign composers. 

This Gala Concert took place at the Royal Palace in Brussels. It was attended
by King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians and Princess Astrid and
Prince Lorenz of Belgium (more pictures see the Allaboutroyalfamilies
facebook page or on the Twitter section on this blog).

Royal Palace of Brussels - own picture


The King and the Queen of the Belgians - screenshot



The Royal Music Chapel of the Guides makes lots of official performances inter
alia they take care of the music on the National Day of Belgium. But what's their
history?

Well their origin went back since 16 August 1832, on that day, King Leopold I
of Belgium married Princess Louise-Marie d'Orléans, the daughter of the King
of France. This royal wedding took place at Compiègne.

A few days later, King Leopold I of Belgium and his newly bride, entered
Belgium. During a luncheon at Edingen, offered by the Duke of Arenberg!,
a few music orchestras played some pieces of music for the King and his
company.

On his return in Brussels, King Leopold I of Belgium wanted to found his
own orchestra, connected to the royal guard. His choice felt on the orchestra
of the 1st Linie regiment under the direction of Jean-Valentin Bender, the one
he admired on 16 August at Compiègne. This orchestra accompanied the Royal
Couple of Belgium during its official tours.

Since its foundation the Royal Music Chapel of the Guides has a great
reputation, it had performances in London, Glasgow, Liverpool, Edinburg,
Paris, and many more.

Royal Music Chapel of the Guides of Belgium - screenshot




In 1929 the Royal Music Chapel of the Guides was received at the
White House by President Herbert Hoover of the United States of America.

On 4 September 1944, at the end of World War II, the Royal Music Chapel
of the Guides had the honour to resume the musical broadcasts at the
Belgian channels.

Nowadays the Royal Music Chapel of the Guides contains 84 musicians.
Some of them won lots of awards at the Conservatorium. They still have
a good reputation national and international. The current dirigent of the
Music Chapel of the Guides of Belgium is Yves Segers.

On Youtube there are lots of movies about the Royal Chapel of the Guides
of Belgium. See next links:

1 Royal Music Chapel of the Guides of Belgium
2 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
3 in Moscow, Russia


symbol of the Royal Music Chapel of the Guides of Belgium



The pictures of the Royal Music Chapel of the Guides of Belgium are
screenshots.


Royal Destinations - Art: M-Museum at Leuven, Belgium

On 20 September 2009, the amazing beautiful M-Museum at Leuven
was opened by then Crown Princess Mathilde of Belgium (now queen)
and by then Crown Princess Máxima of the Netherlands (now a queen too).
Picture see this link


M-Museum at Leuven, Belgium


On 8 November 2018, Queen Mathilde of the Belgians visited the
exhibition: Power & Beauty - The Arenbergs at her M-Museum in Leuven.
She was guided by the Duke of Arenberg.

Queen Mathilde and King Philippe of the Belgians
screenshot taken on the National Day of Belgium in 2018


In 2017, I had the chance to visit this rather quirky M-Museum. The
entrance already is very special with a splendid mix of old and modern
architectural designs. It was created by the Belgian architect Stéphane Beel.
It felt very big and spacious, outside and indside as well. So, I really like this
original mix of architecture.

M-Museum at Leuven, Belgium


Beside that, a part of the museum was the former private residence of the
mayor Leopold Vander Kelen. This had a rather old but stylish design.

At least, the total area of the museum is 13,500 square meters! That's rather
large for a city museum!

M-Museum at the private residence of mayor Leopold Vander Kelen


The M-Museum offers a large collection from the Middle Ages to present, with
especially artists from Brabant. It included pieces from masters as Dirk Bouts,
Rogier van der Weyden and many others.

M-Museum - collection

M-Museum collection


Through the year the M-Museum also has lots of special activities for example
family Sundays, children's workshops etc.

M-Museum-Leuven


Please do note, the Flemish name of the city is Leuven, the French name is Louvain.
I prefer to use Leuven in this blog post because this lovly place is located in
Flanders, the Northern part of Belgium.