Intra Muros Festival is a tantalizing three-day Early Music festival in and around Alden Biesen Castle.
Over the course of 2020 a new music festival was developed within the walls of the 800-year old Grand Commandery in Bilzen (B) commissioned by the Flemish Government.
INTRA MUROS FESTIVAL FOR EARLY MUSIC – ALDEN BIESEN CASTLE is the full name of this annual international music festival that is built on three pillars: young talent - current international top quality - exclusive programs.
Every year, a 'carte blanche' is given to a young Flemish musician: someone who is at the forefront of an international career is given the opportunity at the IMF to show him or herself as a 'musician in residence' during the entire festival weekend in various settings: solo, in chamber music and in combination with one of the guest ensembles or orchestras. For the first edition of IMF, this will be none other than Lise Vandersmissen, a young harpist from Bilzen, who is now particularly active internationally after training in Leuven and London.
IMF also provides a platform for a (new) Flemish top ensemble that will come forth with an exclusive program or a new CD production. Le Pavillon de Musique, a brand new ensemble led by maestra Ann Cnop will bring the world premiere as well as the CD presentation of the violin concertos of H.-J. De Croes.
In addition, there are of course internationally established names from Malta, the Netherlands and Poland, each time with exclusively curated programs for the Intra Muros Festival.
And yes, with "early music" we cover a period from the Middle Ages to the 18th century, from Hildegard van Bingen to the French Revolution. No niches, no "white-gloved music", but an entire weekend within the walls of a unique and inspiring historic venue.
As our audience, you will find yourself among the musicians - instrumentalists and singers - during rehearsals, breakfast discussions, aperitifs, lunches and of course the concerts. Impressions of a unique historical setting, the experience of art, numerous human contacts, culinary enjoyment and nature walks all lead to "encounter and emotion". In short: IMF will be a unique experience, both for the public and for the performers!