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Vignoble du Beaujolais

1st ANDANTE CHORAL WORKSHOP

9-12 May 2024 

in Alix (Beaujolais)

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

France

Franck Pellé-Rolland, musical director

MUSIC IN THE COUNTRYSIDE

We are happy  to present our choral workshop in Beaujolais (France). 

 

Alix is a small village located in the south of Beaujolais, in the 'Pierres Dorées' area, 30 kilometers worth west of Lyon.

 

The countryside means that you have to travel by car. Carpool !

Photo de l'église d'Alix
Stagiaires dans la rotonde d'Alix

REHEARSALS IN THE ROTUNDA

Our choral workshop is held in the rotunda of the former convent church in neo-classical style, with excellent acoustics, favourable for voice. The memory of the canonesses of the 18th century still lingers here…

REPERTOIRE

For mixed a cappella choir

Partition musicale de la Renaissance

Our 2024 workshop is over. We are now preparing the 2025 program.

We are presenting an Andante workshop. Participants are expected to master the music beforehand. (MP3s available). 

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

  • Our workshop will be held from Thursday 9th May, at 9:30am, to Sunday 12th May 2024, at 4:00pm.

  • Two daily rehearsals : 9:30am-12:00pm ; 2:30pm-6:00pm.

  • The workshop will end with a performance.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • There are different possibilities in the villages of the surrounding area (not in Alix itself) : B&Bs, holiday cottages, hotels in Villefranche-sur-Saône, etc.

  • We can share lunch in the restaurant of the village. Accompanying spouses are of course welcome to join the group for lunch.

  • We do not organize dinners; free evenings.

OUR PARTICIPANTS HAVE THEIR SAY.

" I come back regularly, both for the repertoire on offer and for the progress I've made in practising polyphony. Everything always runs smoothly thanks to the good organisation and the audio files received beforehand allow you to work effectively before the course."   Joëlle M.

" We worked on Franco-Flemish works from the Renaissance : original compositions with a skilful construction and sometimes complex interpretation. Our choir conductor helped us to observe and appreciate the finesse, agility and mobility of these works, a way of making us understand and appreciate the timelessness and modernity of this remarkable and joyful 'early music'. I thoroughly enjoyed this discovery. "  Marie-José C.

"I've taken part several times in the Ascension workshop in Alix, where we sing Renaissance polyphony, often little known. The workshop is very well organized and the bucolic setting of Alix very pleasant. We work in depth in a concentrated atmosphere where humor has its place. The teaching approach develops your listening skills, helps you to understand how this music is built and how to make it resonate in choir, with all its nuances. It's all the more enjoyable when all participants arrive well-prepared, thanks to the files they've been given in advance."  Cécile J. 

PROGRAMMES OF OUR PREVIOUS WORKHSOPS

MAY 2024 WORKSHOP

 

Franco-flemish music of the Renaissance

  • Jean RICHAFORT (ca.1480-ca.1548)  O quam dulcis 

  • Jacob OBRECHT (ca.1457-1505)  Salve Regina   

  • Josquin DESPREZ (1450-1521)  Gaude Virgo Mater Christi 

MAY 2023 WORKSHOP

Hortus conclusus - Music for the Virgin Mary in Andalusia during the Renaissance

for mixed a capella choir

 

  • Cristóbal de MORALES (ca.1500-1553)  Ave Regina Cælorum  

  • Rodrigo de CEBALLOS (ca.1530-1581) Hortus conclusus 

  • Francisco GUERRERO (1528-1599)  Ave Maria a4  

  • Francisco GUERRERO (1528-1599)  Dulcissima Maria  

 

 

MAY 2022 WORKSHOP

 

« Music for a while shall all our cares beguile. »

Divine moments of English music for mixed a capella choir

 

  • Thomas TOMKINS (1572-1656) Music Divine

  • William BYRD (ca.1540-1623) Sing joyfully

  • Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Music for a while   

  • Henry PURCELL (1659-1695) Cantate Domino

 

 

2021 WORKSHOP

 

Franco-Flemish music of the Renaissance for mixed a capella choir

 

Josquin DES PREZ (ca.1450-1521)  

  • De profundis clamavi  

  • Ave Verum Corpus 

  • Salve Regina  

 

 

2020 WORKSHOP

 

Italian sacred music of the Renaissance for mixed a capella choir

 

Giovanni Pierluigi da PALESTRINA (ca.1525-1594)

Canticum Canticorum Salomonis (extracts) : 

  • Surge, amica mea, speciosa mea   

  • Quam pulchra es  

  • Guttur tuum sicut vinum optimum  

  • Veni dilecte mi  

 

 

MAY 2019 WORKHOP

 

Spanish sacred music of the Renaissance for mixed a capella choir

 

Tomás Luis de VICTORIA (1548-1611)  'Ave Maris Stella' 

  • Regina Cæli Lætare   

  • Kyrie (Missa Ave Maris Stella)  

  • Ave Maris Stella (odd stanzas) 

  • Ave Regina Cælorum  

 

MAY 2018 WORKSHOP

 

Portuguese music of the Renaissance for mixed a capella choir

The influence of Evora Cathedral

  • Estêvão LOPES MORAGO (ca.1575-ca.1631) Oculi mei

  • Manuel CARDOSO (ca.1566-1650) Introitus (Missa pro defunctis)

  • Duarte LÔBO (ca.1565-1646) Audivi vocem de cælo

 

 

MAY 2017 WORKSHOP

For mixed a capella choir

 

  • Roland de LASSUS (1532-1594) O Bone Iesu

 

MAY 2016 WORKSHOP

 

For mixed a capella choir

 

  • Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643) Missa ‘Ave Domine Jesu Christe’

 

MAY 2015 WORKSHOP

 

For mixed a capella choir

 

Giovanni Pierluigi da PALESTRINA (ca.1525-1594) Canticum Canticorum Salomonis (extracts) :

  • Adiuro vos filiae Hierusalem 

  • Caput eius aurum optimum

  • Dilectus meus descendit in hortum suum

  • Pulchra es amica mea. 

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