SoundMine is an international course for composition and creation led by prominent artists. Young people and adults with a passion for composition and creation spend five days expanding the horizons of their own musical imagination. All week, they work intensively towards a presentation at which their creations are performed.

International composition course 2018

3-7 June 2018

SoundMine is an international composition course with intensive coaching by top-level coaches who are composers themselves.

Young people and adults with a passion for composing and creating will spend five days pushing back the boundaries of their own musical imagination. They will work intensively for a whole week towards a presentation during which the works created or in progress will be shown and performed.

The course is aimed at artists who are just starting out and young professionals from Belgium and abroad who will benefit from the extra encouragement this course provides. They will be selected on the basis of their motivation, age, scores, sound recordings and development potential.

Established names Wim Henderickx and Diederik Glorieux will lead the nineteenth edition of the composition course. Composer and sound artist Jorrit Tamminga will once again immerse the composers in the world of electronic music.

During SoundMine the participants will have the chance to compose music in the most diverse range of styles. In 2018 we pay special attention to composing for orchestra.

Thanks to a collaboration with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, variouss young, contemporary composers will have the opportunity to rehearse their own work with a symphonic orchestra in deSingel on 13 and 14 May 2019.

SoundMine is organised by Musica, Impulse Centre for Music in partnership with Grand Commandery Alden Biesen and Antwerp Symphony Orchestra.

Music castle

Music castle

The next two years we are developing a new cultural identity for the site. We will do this with active music education and music participation in a qualitative international context.
Alden Biesen is therefore not only a place where concerts and festivals take place. Creation, performance, training and education with innovative concepts will take place. Here will family audience, free time and music experience find each other.