The music we make is a basic right for everyone. Flanders Symphonic Orchestra is socially committed and also looks at the world outside the concert hall! Under the name SOV-Express, our musicians go out and build bridges through music.

UZ Gent Children’s Hospital

Flanders Symphony Orchestra and UZ Gent join forces. Musicians of the Flanders Symphony Orchestra visit the Children’s Hospital and surprise the children and young people there with classical music during a whole afternoon! The little patients are introduced to the orchestra and its instruments, drum together during a percussion workshop, and intimate mini concerts are performed in several wards. On June 9, 2021, this beautiful project will be continued.

 © Thomas Verfaille

Outside of the concert hall

This project is part of a series of outreach initiatives during which the musicians of the Flanders Symphony Orchestra go on a trip and use music to build bridges.

General director Frederik Styns:

“The music we make is a basic right for everyone. We have to play a social role and therefore do not only focus on the audience that we want to reach on the stage, but we also like to come knocking at the doors of those whom, for various reasons, we cannot reach in the concert hall. With a lot of pleasure, enthusiasm and a warm hart, we plunge the children who are staying in the Children’s Hospital of the UZ Gent into our world of imagination and fantasy. What we offer is not a cure, but we hope it will bring a (healing) smile to their faces. Among other things, UZ Gent is known for the quality of its care and services. Our music also serves to provide care to our fellow human beings. I am very pleased that, from our shared values, we can mean something to each other.”


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