About ICB

The International Chorale of Brussels is a multinational choir of around 60 singers. The choir has members from many nationalities, although the working language remains English.

Founded in 1977, the choir has been directed by John Brown since 2009 and usually gives concerts twice a year with soloists and musicians from the Brussels area.

The choir’s repertoire covers well known masses and large scale works as well as popular music and less familiar music and composers, including modern works. In the last few years we have performed a wide range of music, from masses by Monteverdi and Palestrina to songs from musicals such as West Side Story and Les Misérables. See the details of our future performances on the next concerts page.

We have taken part in the annual Singing Brussels celebration, and we have also been part of other choral festivals such as Woluwe Chante Noël and O Les Choeurs. We regularly support charities through our concerts, including Beautiful Gate Lesotho, the Community Help Service Brussels, and ADIS-CONGO

The International Chorale of Brussels has been featured in Politico, the Bulletin (here and here), and on BBC Radio 3.

Read more about membership here.  For more information e-mail Anna, and please do check with her before coming to a rehearsal.

Who's Who

John Brown
Musical Director
John Brown

The current music director is John Brown. Originally from England, John played clarinet, bass clarinet, recorder, crumhorn and percussion in various ensembles and orchestras at the Wolverhampton Music School. He was president of the Music Society at Trinity College, Oxford, director of the Trinity Madrigal Singers and musical director of the Oxford Gilbert and Sullivan Society for 2 years. He has sung in several choirs in England and Belgium and is also choir director at All Saints’ Church, Waterloo. He plays percussion in the Bruocsella Symphony Orchestra, and accordion with the ceilidh band ‘The Hoggies‘, and is an enthusiastic pianist and accompanist.

Heather Charlton
Rehearsal Pianist
Heather Charlton

Heather was born in New Zealand, where she studied musicology and music performance at the University of Auckland. She continued her studies at the Royal Music Conservatorium at The Hague, and then moved to Belgium to study harpsichord at the Royal Music Conservatorium in Brussels and organ at the Royal Music Conservatorium in Antwerp, graduating in 1980. Since then, Heather has been teaching music in several music academies in Brussels and is organist at St Andrew’s Church of Scotland. She has performed for Belgian Radio and Television and made the first recording for the Musical Instrument Museum of Brussels, on historic keyboard instruments.

Claire De Burbure
In Memoriam
Claire de Burbure

Claire was rehearsal pianist for the International Chorale of Brussels between 2000 and 2020.

The Committee

Anna Matthiessen
Organises everyone & everything, and is the main contact for people joining the choir
Treasurer & Soprano Rep
Alyane Nellens
Publicity/Social Media - Soprano Rep
Diane Fresquez
Poster and Programme Design - Alto Rep
Alto Rep
Rowena Coldrick
Tenor Rep
Mary Tierlynck
Bass Rep
Bjarni Thor Björnsson
Antonio Maya Bravo
Tenor Rep
Antonio Maya Bravo