Miracles Song

The Crescendo choir (conductor : Urbain Van Asch) sings “When You Believe” during the Transport XX commemoration April 22 , 2018 in Boortmeerbeek , Belgium ① memo 20180430 ~ Miracles Song ~ Film : Michel van der Burg – Miracles.Media

PUSH Coming to Brussels Opera House Monnaie | Munt

① memo 20180319 ~ PUSH Coming to Brussels Opera House Monnaie | Munt ~
Good news ! The community opera PUSH (written by composer Howard Moody) inspired by the true story of Simon Gronowski , a boy whose mother pushed him off the ‘Transport XX’ train heading to Auschwitz in 1943 – an action that saved his life and gave the opera its name – is now programmed in Simon’s hometown in March 2019 in the De Munt | La Monnaie opera house of Brussels .

Howard had met Simon, now in his 80s, in Brussels and promised to write an opera based on his life. PUSH tells this story but also deals with much broader themes of persecution.
After the world premiere of PUSH in 2016 in the UK , and a recent second performance in , Howard Moody once again brings together professional musicians and amateur performers – both adults and children – from the UK and Belgium in a unique theatrical experience.

Push! Push!
Push your child off the edge!
My mother gave birth to me twice
Pushing me towards freedom and life

More info / links

PUSH in Brussels 2019

The full film ‘Transport XX to Auschwitz’ is presented online here at this site

PUSH opera premiere in the UK, 2016

Ma vie n’est que miracles. My life is only miracles

A full documentary on Simon’s life , the film Miracles is in production now – more soon on Miracles.Media


① memo 20171224 ~ Gloria ~ Gloria in excelsis Deo … Mountain Christmas ( ‘Bergweihnacht’ ) in Tirol with an atmospheric, lantern-lit parade in the evening of 23 December 2008 in the town center of Igls , with music from the Church choir of Igls-Lans (“Kirchenchor von Igls-Lans”), Innsbruck , Tyrol, Austria .
(this film version combining the choir music with the parade is based on a special request – many years ago – by one of the participants in the parade – here link to the previous version https://michelvanderburg.com/2013/12/17/tiroler-bergweihnacht-in-igls-mountain-christmas-in-tirol/ )

Djembé Foté

① memo 20170516 ~ Djembé Foté ~ West-african rhythms from the percussion group Djembé Foté (meaning ‘white drummers’) directed by Hein Oxenaar (the master drummer) with singing by the Alalies choir (directed by Annelies Nooteboom) and solo dancing by Tonia Rozendaal, on May 16, 2008 at the ‘Open Podium’ in the Agnietenhof Theatre in Tiel , Holland.
In 2008 a shorter version of the film (10 min) was published – https://youtu.be/FGub8rXtg2U
Performance © 2008 Hein Oxenaar (tombouctou.nl) / Alalies / Tonia Rozendaal — All rights reserved
① memo 20170516 ~ Film (2008-2017) Michel van der Burg – michelvanderburg.com | 1-memo.com