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Message by Sigiswald Kuijken
As you might know, for reasons that are not properly understood the Flemish Government terminated its guaranteed annual financial support for La Petite from January 1st 2013: we are the only Belgian orchestra to be treated in this manner, despite our international reputation and extensive discography and contribution to Belgian, European and indeed worldwide musical life. The loss of Government financial support has put La Petite Bande in serious financial difficulties, and we are all working very hard to raise money to ensure that our unique orchestra can continue its work. We are sure that we will succeed, but to do so we need your support, to ensure that we will be able to continue our work and make music!
More information to support the orchestra, as explained by Sigiswald, can be found here:
Posted: Tuesday, 26 January 2016 at 13h08.
Important distinctions for Sigiswald Kuijken: Golden Medal and KLARA Career Award
Violin player and conductor, Sigiswald Kuijken, was honoured with the Golden Medal of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Arts and Sciences on December 12th 2015. One month later, on January 30th 2016, the Flemish Classical Radio gave him its Klara Career Award. Every year, Klara wants to honour a person who has contributed immensely to the world of classical music or of jazz. Nicole Van Opstal, presenter at Klara, resumes : "The name Kuijken represents quality. It has become a brand of excellence."
Posted: Friday, 11 December 2015 at 10h17.
Bach-book now also available in English, German and Japanese
In 2013, Sigiswald Kuijken started writing a book about his (inner) relationship with Johann Sebastian Bach: “Abide with us, Bach”. This book came out first in Sigiswald’s mother tongue, Dutch, followed by the French, English and German translations. In March 2016 a Japanese version was published. This book is only available through a donation to La Petite Bande. Please look at the page "The Bach Book" for more details.