In 1975, Jean-Paul Byloo from Veurne and Aldegonde Maesen from Nieuwpoort initiated the establishment of the Beauvarlet Choir, which celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2010.

Henricus Beauvarlet was a late polyphonic composer and the chapel master of the St. Walburga Church in Veurne (1593-1623). Little did he know that his name would live on many centuries later.

The Beauvarlet Choir has been led consecutively by Jean-Paul Byloo (1975-1985), Patrick Peire (1985-1986), E.H. Ignace Thevelein (1986-1995), Jan Vermeire (1995-2007) and Griet De Meyer (since May 2007). Larger productions are often performed in association with (semi)professional choirs, orchestras and guest conductors.

The backbone group of the mixed Beauvarlet Choir now consists of about forty singers from the Belgian West Coast and the hinterland. All choir members have a musical knowledge and have passed a voice test. The weekly rehearsals take place on Mondays in the Kerkepanne hall in Sint-Idesbald.

Since 1996, the Koksijde town council has been supporting the Beauvarlet Choir. Thanks to this financial and logistic support, the choir has been able to realise several prestigious productions. Examples of pieces performed in the last five years are W.A. Mozart’s Requiem, G.F. Händel’s Messiah and J.S. Bach’s St. John’s Passion.

The Beauvarlet Choir Koksijde NPO receives the support of highly valued sponsors, some supporting members and a loyal audience that is always present at the yearly spring and Christmas concerts in the lovely O.-L.-V. ter Duinen Church in Koksijde.

In 2010, the choir’s 35th anniversary, no less than four concerts in Belgium and abroad were performed and the choir travelled to Germany in the summer. The first performance of the musical celebratory year was Johannes Brahms’s ‘Ein Deutsches Requiem’, on 27th February 2010.