The choir is currently led bij Tom Hoornaert. It has 45 members and was founded by the organist Luc Vandenabeele in 1976.

In 1999 Tom took over the wand. The choir experiences and remarkable growth and sings mainly polyphonic liturgical music.

They are well achnowledged and appreciated as choir stimulating the 'singing church'.

Next to the religious repertoire they also dare to bring profane songs under the dynamic impulse of Tom and with equal success.

With the support of his fantastic management Tom can realize his musical dreams.

Rehearsals of Cantiga are on Wednesdays from 20.00 pm till 21.30 pm in the Sint-Pieterskerk in Tielt.

Chamber choir Ultreya

In November 2001 en enthusiastic group of people with choir experience started rehearsing.

The objective is to build up a profane and liturgical repertoire and this way cover a wide range

of music styles.

The choir counts at present 9 sopranos, 6 altos, 4 tenors and 4 basses. We can always count

on  Wouter Vande Ginste as the continuous pianist.

Together with a dynamic  management  Ultreya can be seen as a highly semi-professional choir.

You can join them as a choir member after doing an audition.

Rehearsals of Ultreya are on Fridays from 20.00 p.m. till 22.00 p.m. in CCGildhof Tielt.

We attend diverse performances.




Tom Hoornaert has been the choirleader of the choir Cantando from Oedelgem since September 2012.

The common theme throughout all choirs of Tom Hoornaert is “friendship”.

Hard and sound work , alternated with a funny note works wonders!

Together with a fantastic board, Tom’s right hand Luc Gobert and enthusiastic choirmembers

the choir brings nice and complete literature.

Rehearsals of Cantando take place on Thursdays from 20.00 till 22.00 in the Saint-Lambertus-

church in Oedelgem.


In spring 2009 the proposition came under instigation of Tom Hoornaert to set up a new musical

society. Tielt , counting already some 200 voluntary associations didn’t have a specific musical

society yet. Hence the idea of brainstorming on this subject with some musical minded people

active in the cultural domain.

A name was sought and found : “Mathea” which is the contraction of “musical and theater”.

Just like in other associations , Tom Hoornaert can rely here on 5 skilled and motivated board


January 2011: “Good luck professor!”

January 2013: “Nonsense”

January 2015: "The Sound of Music"

January 2019: "Annie"

January 2023: "Doornroosje"