Founded in 1950 by Father Caron, Les Petits Chanteurs de Bruxelles seeks to help all young boys age 7 or over, regardless of their musical knowledge or education, to discover the rich heritage of polyphonic singing left behind by great masters of music. They also provide a school life where children can "live together with hearts of musical emotion" and sing for public audiences.
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Transfigured by the energy and enthusiasm of Father Caron, the choir quickly earned significant fame highlighted by their participation in the marriage of King Baudouin and the baptism of Prince Philippe in 1960; winning of l’Ange d’Or (the Golden Angel) in a competition organized by RTL Radio Luxembourg; numerous performances at the Opera; earning an audience in Rome with Pope Paul VI in 1970; and musical tours in more than 15 countries in Europe and North America (including 19 in Canada).
In July 2019, the choir had the honor of performing the Belgian and French national anthems at la Grand-Place de Bruxelles (Grand Place or Grote Markt, the central square of Brussels) at the Grand Départ of the Tour de France (the major event starting the Tour de France), in front of cameras from around the world and in the presence of important figures including King Philippe and Prime Minister Charles Michel. A few months later, they also performed in the Parlement de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (Parliament of the French Community), as part of a day dedicated to celebrating children's rights around the globe.
Spurred on by a dynamic team, the group continues its journey carried by favorable winds, performing around fifteen times a year, organizing, after Switzerland, Portugal, the French Alps, and the 19th tour in Canada, more beautiful collaborations with choirs from Belgium or Europe and with professional orchestras and soloists. Currently, the choir is actively working on organizing a 20th tour to Canada.
Throughout this beautiful story, the goal of the choir has always been to allow young boys to discover the rich heritage of polyphonic singing and to simply taste the joy of singing together. It does not matter that some do not master music theory and that others undergo the change in their voices: should the repertoire of the great masters of music not remain open to everyone?