La Petite Bande

Sigiswald Kuijken

La Petite Bande

Sigiswald Kuijken, pilgrim in Spain?

On the 23rd of May, Sigiswald Kuijken, his wife Marleen Thiers and their soulmate Jean-Marie Vanderstraeten will travel towards the Spanish sun; they will walk about 320 km, starting from Ciudad Real in La Mancha (Don Quijote’s blessed land), over Toledo, where lived El Greco and San Juan de la Cruz, until Avila, the city of the mystic saint Teresa.

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Amount donated so far :

€ 14 607,00

Leuven, eeuwenoud springlevend

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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 on the three options to support the orchestra, as explained by Sigiswald, can be found here:

Joining the new 'LPB Friend group'

The Bach Book


Posted: Tuesday, 26 January 2016 at 13h08.
Sigiswald Kuijken Receives the KLARA Career Award

Violin player and conductor, Sigiswald Kuijken, receives this year the Klara Career Award. Every year, Klara wants to honour a person who has contributed immensely to the world of classical music or of jazz. Next Saturday, Kuijken will receive the award from the hands of Chantal Pattyn, manager of Klara, in deSingel in Antwerp. 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 available in English and German
Bach-book available in English and German

In 2013, Sigiswald Kuijken started writing the book about his (inner) relationship with Johann Sebastian Bach: “Abide with us, Bach”. This book came out first in Sigiswald’s mother tongue, Dutch. This book was available only by donations to La Petite Bande. Thanks to the generosity of a great number of Flemish and Dutch fans who donated for the book (and so received it by post at home), La Petite Bande could survive in 2013 and 2014 (after the sudden loss of all of its Government subventions as from January 2013). This was a little miracle! Because of this wonder we could bring out the French translation of the Bach-book later on. And finally now - at the end of 2015 - we have the English version and the German version also completely ready.