- Cantique de Jean Racine, G. Fauré
- Les cloches de Noël, FA Gevaert
- Organ piece
- Prière de saint Bernard, J. Massenet
- Canticum Natalitae, FA Gevaert
- Organ piece
- Motet à la Vierge, F.A. Gevaert
- Ave verum, C. Saint-Saëns
- Ave Maria, R. Hahn
(chœur des Anges) extrait de la Nativité
- Harmonium piece
- Chanson joyeuse de Noël, FA Gevaert
- Le bel ange du ciel
- Organ piece
- Pâtres vaguant dans les montagnes (Musette)
- Le message des anges
- Le sommeil de l’enfant Jésus
On Sunday, December 12th, 2010 at 14:30 in the Notre Dame au Sablon Church, the vocal and instrumental ensemble "Le Petit Sablon", under the direction of Thibaut Lenaerts, presented a suite of traditional carols as well as compositions by Francois-Auguste Gevaert, a famous Belgian composer from the 19th century who lived across from the church Notre-Dame au Sablon.
The concert, which combined high quality with emotion, not only gave us the opportunity to hear masterpieces, such as Gabriel Fauré’s “Cantique de Jean Racine”, but also less well-known pieces, such as Jules Massenet’s “Prière de Saint Bernard” and the Ave Maria from Saint-Saëns.
Christmas music was beautifully rendered on the great organ by Arnaud van Cauter.
Le Petit Sablon’s musical director, Thibaut Lenaerts, aimed to create a new vocal and instrumental ensemble with its own strong identity and originality so as to allow a wide audience to discover or rediscover musical works that had marked particular eras. The ensemble thus sees to constantly ensure the pursuit of musical excellence with respect for authenticity.
Each concert, each project emphasises Le Petit Sablon’s consistency between the chosen repertoire, the instruments used (old instruments or copies of antique instruments) and the interpretation of the works presented with the involvement of eager young musicians, passionate about music. Stage experience and great professional musicological research are combined with the spirit of dynamism to never misrepresent the musical compositions.
The ensemble Le Petit Sablon offers a variable geometric dimension, from a simple continuo (harpsichord and cello) with a singer, to more ample formations both in terms of actual vocal staff (with several soloists and about thirty singers) as with regard to instruments (from a dozen musicians to a baroque or classical orchestra with twenty-five musicians).
Concerts in small groups rely on high-level professional musicians. Concerts in larger groups allow Belgian conservatory students to confront the reality of musical productions. Indeed, a lecturer at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Thibaut Lenaerts participates in the great reform of the higher arts education in the French Community. With Le Petit Sablon, he offers students, both instrumentalists and singers, continuity in their artistic approach and a real opportunity to practice their art in good surroundings with the guidance of renowned international artists. These students are surrounded by professional musicians capable of ensuring the restitution of compositions in accordance with the spirit intended by the composer. The choir of about thirty is composed of students from conservatories and amateur high-level singers with vocal training and practice of Baroque and Romantic choral repertoire.
After obtaining his first prizes with Greta De Reyghere at the Royal Conservatory of Liège and Thierry Migliorini at the Royal Conservatory of Mons, Thibaut Lenaerts begins his career in Europe and sings as a soloist under the direction of W. Christie - Les Arts Florissants, H. Niquet - Le Concert Spiritual, but also here in Belgium under the direction of Guy Van Waas - Les Agrémens, Louis Langres - Liège Philharmonic Orchestra, Jean Tubéry - La Fenice and Patrick Davin - The Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia. Appreciated as concert artist and recitalist, he is also found on opera stages in Brussels – La Monnaie, Liège, Rennes, Avignon, Reims, and Versailles under the direction of Christophe Rousset, among others. With Les Arts Florissants, he has sung around the world from Rio to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Istanbul … He works with directors such as Robert Carsen, Frederick Dussenne, Luc Bondy Jose Montalvo and Deborah Warner. Thibaut Lenaerts teaches at the Royal Conservatories of Brussels and Liège. He contributed to thirty CDs and runs his own vocal and instrumental ensemble: Le Petit Sablon. .