– Improvising a song at Saint Thibaut

The improvisation

Saturday 7 september the little chapel of Saint Thibaut was open to the public because of the Day of Cultural Heritage. That was the reason for our friends and dogs to visit it. The old priest proposed me to sing something and I did improvise on a text he gave me. I really love the place and the chapel. I had the pleasure to sing here several times being accompanied by Véronique Dupont, Peter Visser, our trio MaGMa and all alone. Please have a look at the videos my husband Eric van der Horst has made about these musical moments at the hermitage.

Saint Thibaut 2014

I started performing at Saint Thibaut in 2013. This year however our MaGMa Trio (Marijke Persijn – mezzozoprano, Marijke Verbeeck – flute and Gérard Lambert – harpsicord) will take part in the BAM! festival here in La Roche-en-Ardenne. We will bring opera arias and cantatas by Bach, Handel, Lully, Pergolesi and Rameau. And,as a special, we will perform the fable “Le Corbeau et le Renard / “The Raven and the Fox” by Jean de la Fontaine in two versions. The first, in French, with music composed by Georges van Parys (composer of the music for “Les Misérables”). The second, in Dutch, with music composed by Marco Kalkman who will also assist us playing the harpsicord. And we will bring the old song “Plaisir d’amour” by Martini which you all know and love so much.

At the very end of this concert, we will bring “Quatre Chansons d’Ardenne”, four poems by the Dutch romantic poet Jacques Perk, put to music for our Trio by Peter Visser. For these pieces Marco Kalkman will play Gérards harpsicord.

And it is a great pleasure to announce that the painter Daisy Hoste will join us to show, amongst others, four new paintings she made, inspired by the poems of Jacques Perk!

Enjoy the week

Marijke Persijn

– Gérard Lambert grandfather and Mess in Walloon in Marcourt

Thank you so much, everybody, for all your kind remarks and birthday wishes for Gérard after last weeks Blog. And actually, this week we could open a register for congratulations to him once more: on the 29th of June, for the very first time Gérard became grandfather! Congratulations Anne-Cécile and Farid with your daughter Emy! And the same of course for all family members. Continue reading

– Pentecost in Marcourt and Bardonwez with MaGMa Trio


This year I will celebrate Pentecost together with some friends in the livingroom of Victor, because of his injury. The Mess in the Cathedral of the city of Grimbergen, where he has lived for so many years, will be broadcasted live on television. So, a “cosy” celebration of Pentecost in Marcourt!

Allow me to offer you the link to the videoclip of our MaGMa Trio performing the Pentecost Cantata by J.S. Bach, which we recorded in the lovely church of Marcourt. Eric edited it into a nice video with pictures of the region, mainly from the Arboretum in Bardonwez. On my personal website you can find the link to the video with the same aria, but performed by Trio Picantolino, where I am accompanied by Christine (violin) and Peter Visser (piano).

Ik wish you all a beautiful Pentecost and a lot of pleasure with the videos!

Marijke Persijn