The Collective

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Terra Nova research Collective Antwerpen

Terra Nova Collective

Serious about research, passionate about music

Variety is the spice of life
We think of a concert the way we like to enjoy a good meal. With a love for the classics and a flair for the adventurous. To appreciate different flavours, both familiar and unknown.
Bon appetit to your ears!

History is on the move
Curious about a bigger picture in musical history? Our inquisitive nature brings you fresh views on famous masterpieces, as well as truly interesting discoveries of historically related music.

Since 2012, Terra Nova Collective brings together the artistic and creative vision of Vlad Weverbergh, the musicological backbone of David Vergauwen and the energy of our musicians playing period instruments.
This results in many concerts, lecture performances, publications and online videos. The immense investment in time and energy involved in the research process pays lasting dividends in its preservation as well as through high quality recordings.

Terra Nova Collective is based in Antwerp, Belgium. Its musicians are also connected to world-renowned ensembles such as Anima Eterna, Les Muffatti, B’Rock Orchestra, Les Agrémens, Freiburger Barockorchester, Concerto Köln, Le Concert d’Astrée and others.

Researchers include Karel Moens (previously curator of Vleeshuis Museum Antwerp), David Vergauwen (musicologist), Piet Stryckers (researcher and lecturer Royal Conservatoire Antwerp), Godelieve
Spiessens (musicologist), Michel Stockem, Jan Dewilde (Studiecentrum voor Vlaamse Muziek) and Albert R. Rice (musicologist, clarinettist).

In 2016, Terra Nova Collective gave the world premiere of the Missa Maria Assumptae by J.A. Faber, a Baroque mass containing the first ever solo for clarinet. The recording met with rave reviews in the international press, the French Diapason wrote: ‘The laurels go to the instrumental ensemble, magnificently doing justice to a palette of surprising colours.’
In season 2017–18, the recording and performances with a historical basset clarinet put Mozart’s famous concerto in a new light. In collaboration with the University of Antwerp, seven lesser known composers were presented in a series of 14 concerts, called Trouvailles.

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Vlad Weverbergh

musical direction & clarinet

Founder of the Terra Nova Collective (2012).
Vlad currently teaches basset clarinet at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp. His discography includes dozens of recordings and he performs regularly with a wide variety of ensembles.
Since 2011 his focus has been entirely on exploring neglected music heritage.

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David Vergauwen

musicologist

David studied history, history of art and musicology at the University of Ghent and Brussels and graduated as PhD in the History. He is an active member of Amarant specialized in modern painting, opera and the history of music, with a preference for Belgian music.