The Waelrant Youth Choir (Borgerhout-Antwerp-Belgium) was founded in 1968 by Juul Vanderoost. Since 1995, the choir is led Marleen De Boo.
The mixed youth choir consists of 80 singers between 14 and 26 and is part of the non-profit organization “Waelrantkoren”. This choral family includes 8 choirs, of which the youngest singer is 4 years old, the eldest is over 80.
Waelrant Youth Choir participated with great results in several festivals and competitions at home and abroad. Since 2007, the choir sings in the honorary division of the provincial competitions. This was the last time reaffirmed in March 2015 with the highest possible score, "Summa cum Laude with congratulations of the Jury". During the last two editions of "Choir of the Year” (2008 and 2011) Waelrant Youth Choir reached the finals. In this context the choir was awarded with the “Prize of the audience” and the “Klara/Canvas Prize” (national TV and Radio).
The past summers the choir sang in choir competitions in Gorizia-Italy (2009), in Bratislava- Slovakia (2011), Bydgoszcz-Poland (2014). They also performed during festivals in France, Briançon (2012 and 2015) and Vaison la Romaine (2013-2016). In July 2017, the choir participated in the 10th International Johannes Brahms Choir Festival and Competition (Interkultur), where they were awarded with 2 golden medals and became category winner in both “Mixed Youth Choirs” and “Sacred Music”.
In May 2018, they obtained “First Prize cum Laude” in the highest division (Pennant) of the European Youth Music Festival in Neerpelt and were invited to sing at the Laureate’s Concert In July 2018, they participated in the World Choir Games in Tshwane where they became third in the Champions competition, category Mixed Youtchoirs with 92%. In August 2019, the choir participated in two categories of the Grand Prix of the European Choir Games in Göteborg-Sweden. They received 2 gold medals, both with more than 90%.
The choir offers its members a good vocal training. All genres and styles are included in its program, in order to broaden the youngsters’ musical development as widely as possible.
Waelrant Youth Choir is an open and warm group of young people, eager to learn and always willing to explore. The friendship between the singers clearly contributes to the success of the choir.
Hubertus Waelrant (c. 1517 – 1595) was a Flemish composer, teacher, and music editor who lived and worked most of his life in Antwerp. He lays buried in the Cathedral of Antwerp.