In 1995, the Centre de Chant Choral of the French-speaking Community of Belgium created the ‘Les Agremens' ensemble, also known as the Namur baroque orchestra, to provide them with the support of a reliable, competent partner for their own baroque music productions.
The ‘Les Agremens' ensemble comes together for specific concerts in Belgium and other countries, alone or with the Namur chamber choir or other ensembles, under the baton of invited conductors of international renown. Les Agremens aims at quality in their membership and work, with the participation of top-class instrumentalists from the main European baroque orchestras. By bringing in young Belgian musicians, they also seek to develop the careers of a new generation of artists, by encouraging them to practise early music on period instruments and giving them new opportunities in this field.
Les Agremens' recordings include works by Johann Christian Bach (Gloria in excelsis Deo, under Wieland Kuijken) and the Walloon composers who were leading lights in late 18th century Paris: Francois-Joseph Gossec (Symphonies, under Guy Van Waas) and Andre-Modeste Gretry (Airs et Ballets, under Guy Van Waas).