Our second workshop with stunning virtuoso Will McNicol, 23rd to 26th August 2017.
3 Rue du Moulin
Come and sing at the Langlais Festival!
The 13th Langlais Festival will take place in La Fontenelle and the surrounding area in July, 2017 and you could be part of the Langlais Festival Choir. Since 2008 we have organised nine choral weeks under the expert direction of Malcolm Archer and we are now recruiting for a tenth week of wonderful music-making and good social fun from Saturday 15th to Friday 21st July.
This is a unique choral week in the village where Jean Langlais was born. We’ll be singing some of the best French sacred music and great music of the Anglican tradition as well as by our two composers in residence, Archer and Bednall. You can also have singing lessons with our amazing vocal coach, Hilary Jones, listen to fascinating lectures and mix with the local population. If you are a reasonably experienced singer with good sight-reading skills, or are prepared to learn the music in advance, please get in touch. You are assured of a warm welcome!
Singers from the UK, France, Italy, Austria, USA, Hong Kong and Morocco, aged 15 to 80, have taken part in previous years and have performed concerts and sung church services as the Choeur de l’Académie du Festival Jean Langlais. The choir will perform in two concerts in Saint-Briac-sur-Mer and La Fontenelle and will sing at Sunday mass in la Fontenelle.
Come and make music in beautiful Brittany, 18 miles due south of the Mont St Michel, in the birthplace of Jean Langlais (1907 – 1991).
Brenda Dean has lived in La Fontenelle since 2003. Just after she bought her house there in 2002, she discovered the commemorative plaque on a little house behind the church where Jean Langlais was born. Recognising him as one of the most important French organists and composers of the 20th century, she began organising festivals in his honour. There have now been eleven annual festivals and 3 Rue du Moulin, la Fontenelle has become a centre for choral courses.
The 13th Langlais Festival is being planned for 2017 : more details will shortly be available at www.jeanlanglais.eu
3 Rue du Moulin started life as a nobleman’s house in the 17th century. It provides ideal facilities in Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, for course organisers, whether it be for groups of up to 40 people or small ensembles. The house has a large rehearsal room and break-out rooms such as the salon and the summer lounge, which can be used for small group work, discussions or as quiet spaces. Concerts can be held in the church of Saint-Samson in la Fontenelle as well as in local churches at Pontorson, Combourg, Fougères, St Malo and the cathedrals of Dol-de-Bretagne and Rennes.
La Fontenelle is a 45 minute drive away from the ferryport at St Malo or Dinard Airport, 60 minutes from Rennes, and 90 minutes from Caen. There are numerous gîtes (houses to rent), chambres d’hôte (guest houses), hotels and campsites in the area, and there is a good restaurant in the village.
‘This week has been such a pleasure for all of us. Thank you for not only mobilising the French community but for allowing us to meet each other and make music. We are so grateful for everything you have done to make this week special for us.’