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Paul Rans


singer, lute player, lute maker & broadcaster



Friday 10 November 2017
Oorlogstaferelen / Scenes of War

Songs of War in the Low Countries from the Middle Ages to World War 1
.Hoboken Gravenhof, Louisalei 7, 2660 Hoboken (Antwerp), Belgium 

Paul Rans Ensemble:

Paul Rans: voice
Philippe Malfeyt: lute, theorbo, cittern
Paul Van Loey: recorders and whistles
Piet Stryckers: bass viol, hurdy-gurdy
An Van Laethem, violin





Monday 18 December 2017
Concert for the Orde van den Prince (William of Orange)
Antwerp, Belgium

Tuesday 20 March 2018, 7.30pm
Count of Egmont Castle, Zottegem, Belgium
De Geuzen! De Geuzen!

Songs from the 16th and 17th century Protestant resistance
to the Catholic Inquisition
and the Spanish occupation of the Low Countries

Paul Rans Ensemble:

Paul Rans: voice
Philippe Malfeyt: lute, theorbo, cittern
Paul Van Loey: recorders and whistles
Piet Stryckers: bass viol, hurdy-gurdy




Oorlogstaferelen / Scenes of War

Songs of War in the Low Countries from the Middle Ages to World War 1

Paul Rans Ensemble:

Paul Rans: voice
Philippe Malfeyt: lute, theorbo, cittern
Paul Van Loey: recorders and whistles
Piet Stryckers: bass viol, hurdy-gurdy
An Van Laethem, violin



Sunday 12 August 2018, 6pm: Festival at Ham, Belgium
Saturday 10 November 2018: tbc
Sunday 11 November 2018, 11am: Church of Lillo, Belgium
Sunday 11 November 2018, 4pm: 't Ey, Belsele, Belgium



“In Flanders Fields”: Michael Morpurgo, Coope Boyes & Simpson & the Paul Rans Ensemble
Kings Place, London, 25-08-2014


'It will be hard for other centenary events to match this original and powerful blend of music and spoken word. This show deserves to be repeated.'
Robin Denselow in The Guardian 27-08-2014



'A LA RUM'


Paul Rans, Marc Hauman, Wiet Van de Leest, Jokke Schreurs


                                                                                                      Photo Lieven Muësen


... the wealth of vocal colours which A la Rum produced for the songs 'Maschéro' and 'Duizend soldaten' (Thousand Soldiers) was a rare plea for depth and roots - De Standaard 23/04/2012 ... with Jokke Schreurs and Marc Hauman, Paul Rans and Wiet Van de Leest injected new life into Rum. 'Maschéro' made you dream and they gave us a beautiful version of 'Duizend soldaten' - De Morgen 23/04/2012


On the different interpretations of the 14th c. song
‘Egidius waer bestu bleven’ (Gruuthuse Ms., end 14th c.):
“Most of all I was touched by the simple and intense version of the Paul Rans Ensemble ... the intimate and restrained voice of Paul Rans who turns this poem into a poignant lament.”
Guus Middag in 'Onze Taal' magazine (The Hague, April 2012)