The high – very high – ceilings of the barn are criss-crossed with beams dating back to the 16th century and framed by characteristic red stones that contrast with the modern interior that is flooded with light. Much water has flown beneath the bridge since La Ferme du Biéreau – meaning ‘beautiful view’ – in Louvain-la-Neuve, was a working farm building. Today this popular and famous concert hall, shines like a beacon on the musical landscape of Walloon Brabant. It is now described as the “centre for all types of music” and in addition to two concert halls, it has a state-of-the-art recording studio. Musicians of all genres perform on the stages here, from classic Baroque to impetuous rock and highly demanding jazz.
This season, the Ferme du Biéreau will welcome one of the winners of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the French group Les Innocents, and the Flemish singer and pianist An Pierlé for an ‘acoustic siesta’.