The ensemble Musica Gloria consists of young, international and enthusiastic soloists who are already regularly asked by renowned ensembles as Il Gardellino, Scherzi Musicali, B’Rock, La Petite Bande and Collegium Vocale. It was founded and is directed by traverso player and harpsichordist Beniamino Paganini and meanwhile co-directed by oboist Nele Vertommen. It focuses on the repertoire of the Baroque and adapts its formation, instruments and performance practice to their programs. Essential is to tell the audience a fascinating musical story and to let them experience inspiring, touching and hearth-warming moments. Indeed, the audience describes their concerts often as ‘brilliant, sublime, wonderful, delicious and unforgettable’. The ensemble members enjoy preparing and performing concerts in an open, amusing and harmonious atmosphere with respect for the music, composer and each other. Musica Gloria was already invited by organisations like Klara, AMUZ and Concertgebouw Brugge.
Musica Gloria was founded in Bruges in 2006 by the then 12-year-old Beniamino. At the beginning the ensemble and its choir, consisting of about 20 enthusiastic children (aged 5-17), moved the hearts of their audience with baroque Christmas concerts based on old Christmas songs held in a wonderful warm atmosphere. The ensemble continued developing and in 2014 was selected for the fringe concerts of the MAfestival in Bruges and the Early Music festival in Utrecht. Since than it has become a professional ensemble with a strong base thanks to diverse concerts with versatile range instrumentations: from traverso with strings and basso continuo (e.g. successful Bach tour) to orchestral setting (Bach-Mozart tour) and from voice with ensemble (Purcell, Händel & Bach tour) to duo concerts (German chamber music with a French touch).