Superb ICC Concert In Gent – Belgium

Here is a report from Carmen Hamel…

Wim Dewindt and TomTom (his GPS), brought us, Carmen Hamel (wife of Wim) and Ronny Van Dessel (president of ICC Belgium) on Tuesday, May 12, safely to the beautiful historical building of ‘t Pand in Gent.

Once everything for the sales table was unloaded, we saw that a few members of the University Choir Gent (GUK – were busy to put the stage elements in the right place to organize the podium of the concert hall where the ICC-concert was going to take place. We immediately helped out a bit to help carry these heavy burdens to the concert hall. The entire organization of this event was entirely organized by the choir itself.
We were extremely excited by the magnificent hall. Never before did ICC perform in such a great concert hall.

Afterwards we went outside for a small snack and went back to the hall where our other volunteers also arrived. Francine Vandenbogaerde was already busy stalling out our sales booth and Adelin Vermeulen had committed himself to check out the tickets at the entrance and Tommy Pootemans was prepared to sell the tickets, together with a colleague from his work.

ICC Belgiums Sales Booth

ICC Belgium's Sales Booth

After almost everything was ready, even the final rehearsal of the choir, we noticed that we forgot something very important, THE FLOWERS. Thanks to a helpful receptionist, who called almost every flower shop in Gent, we finally were able to buy 2 beautiful bouquets. Hallelujah!

Carmen and Wim went to retrieve the flowers and meanwhile the people began to arrive. The room was almost to full capacity.

On the program a large variety of music: a journey through the world, people moving to southern dance tunes, classical works of Orlandus Lassus but also of the minimalist Philip Glass.
A group of 50 wild enthusiastic university students, who rehearse twice a week, gave their best that evening under the professional guidance of the lovely and brilliant young conductor “Joris Derder”.

Choir sings to a large audience

Choir sings to a large audience

In the intermission, the audience were able to watch a presentation of our projects. After the concert 2 people gave themselves up to become a sponsor for a child in Congo. Also our sales table was a big success.

Together with the 220 visitors we have really enjoyed this impressive musical event. Those who didn’t come did clearly miss something really spectacular.


Ghent University Choir

Ghent University Choir

We are so thankful to this great choir for their entire efforts and beautiful concert, and we also are grateful to the chairman of the choir, Lieselotte Goessens. So we were therefore extremely pleased that we could give our flower bouquets to the conductor, Joris Derder, and to Lieselotte Goessens, the choir’s chairman.

In the name of the children of the ICC Patmos project in Congo, we sincerely thank all who made this concert such a big success. And we do it all for the benefit of the children!


Carmen Hamel, May 2009.

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