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Stage 3 à Arradon

3rd ANDANTE CHORAL WORKSHOP

For mixed a cappella choir

14-20 July 2024

in Arradon (Gulf of Morbihan)

Brittany

France

Franck Pellé-Rolland, musical director

Welcome to the presentation page of our 3rd Andante choral workshop for mixed choir in Morbihan (Brittany-France). We invite you to discover the setting, the repertoire and the schedule of 2024 singing week.

 

We go back to Arradon every summer for our choral workshops. Located in the heart of th gulf of Morbihan, right next to Vannes, Arradon is a wonderful spot for a quiet holiday, but we don't forget that we're here first and foremost for intense musical rehearsals.

MUSIC, SEA & BRETON CUISINE

There's nothing like a taste of the magic of the gulf, its islands and its sea air after our rehearsals.

The wild coast of Quiberon is not far away (42 km), nor are the menhir alignments of Carnac. Of course, the historic centre of Vannes is well worth a visit, and why not the Château de Suscinio?

Breton specialities include oysters from the Gulf, buckwheat 'galettes', ribot milk, cider and kouign amann from Arradon (a real treat).

Stage 3 à Arradon

REPERTOIRE

For mixed a cappella choir

Spanish music of the Renaissance 

Tomás Luis de VICTORIA (ca.1548-1611) is an essential composer for anyone interested in Spanish music of the 'siglo de oro'.

It is an Andante level workshop. Participants are expected to master the repertoire beforehand. (MP3s available). 

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

  • Our workshop will be held from Sunday 14 July, at 9:00am, to Saturday 20 July 2024, at 5:00pm.

  • Two daily rehearsals : 9:00am-12:00pm ; 4:00pm-6:00pm.

 

  • No rehearsal on Wednesday afternoon : this will be an opportunity to discover the gulf of Morbihan... A much-appreciated break in the middle of the course.

 

  • A performance will end the workshop.

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

There are many accommodation possibilities in Arradon, Vannes  (6 km away) and the surroundings. You can choose your accommodation  according to your tastes and budget : hotels, holiday cottages, B&Bs and campings.

  • Lunches (excellent indeed !) can be included in the 'workshop + lunches package'. Lunchtime meals are a great way to get to know your fellow singers. These are pleasant moments of conviviality and love of good food.

  • Accompanying spouses are of course welcome to join the group for lunch.

  • The course does not provide evening meals; evenings are free.

 

PROGRAMMES OF OUR PREVIOUS CHORAL WORKSHOPS

Choral workshop -  July 2023

 

Music of the Renaissance in Rome for mixed choir a capella

  • Giovanni Pierluigi da PALESTRINA (ca.1525-1594) Missa Iam Christus astra ascenderat.

Choral workshop - July 2016

German music of the Renaissance for mixed choir a capella

  • Hans Leo HASSLER (1564-1612) : Vater unser im Himmelreich ; Ego vero afflictus sum.

  

Choral workshopl - July 2015

 

Repertoire for the Virgin Mary for mixed choir a capella :

  • William BYRD (ca.1540-1623) Ave Maria

  • Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897) Marienlieder op.22

  • Pierre VILLETTE (1926-1998) Hymne à la Vierge

  • Cristian GENTILINI (1974) Ave Maria

 

Choral workshop - July 2014

Spanish music of the Renaissance with one composer only :

  • Tomás Luis de VICTORIA (ca.1548-1611) Missa Ave Maris Stella

  

Choral workshop - July 2013

English music of the Renaissance for mixed choir a capella.

  • William BYRD (ca.1540-1623) Mass for four voices

  

Choral workshop - July 2012

Music in Bohemia for mixed choir a capella

 

We kicked off our summer music season with a trip to Central Europe. At the heart of the Habsburg Empire, where Italian, Slovenian, Croatian, Slovakian, Czech and German cultures mingled, Prague attracted great foreign composers. During the Renaissance, the Flemish Philippe de MONTE and the Slovenian Jacob HANDL-GALLUS showcased their talent here. Both, enriched by their travels and their contacts with the other great musicians of the time, were able to import a reading of the Franco-Flemish and Italian traditions.

The names of these two composers were completely unknown to all the participants. Our choral workshop was therefore an opportunity to discover them.

 

As for the Romantic musician Antonín DVOŘÁK, he is often featured in concert programmes, but not necessarily in the pieces sung on this course.

  • Philippe de MONTE (1521-1603) Missa Anchor che col partire: Kyrie, Sanctus, Agnus Dei 

  • Jacob HÁNDL-GALLUS (1550-1591) Obsecro Domine ; Ab oriente venerunt magi ; Ecce quomodo moritur justus.

  • Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841-1904) Napadly písně ; Dnes do skoku a do písničky.

  

Choral workshop - July 2011

Treasures of German music for mixed choir a capella

 

When we think of Germany, we immediately think of J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms and their inestimable contribution to the artistic heritage of humanity. But they're not the only ones, and our 2011 choral course gave us the chance to discover some superb works by composers who, in three cases, are all too rare in concert:

  • Johann KUHNAU (1660-1722) Tristis est anima mea

  • Gottfried August HOMILIUS (1714-1785) Unser Vater in dem Himmel

  • Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) Es fiel ein Reif

  • Josef Gabriel RHEINBERGER (1839-1901) Ave Regina

  

Choral workshop - July 2010

French music for mixed choir a capella or with organ

  • Claude LE JEUNE  Perdre le sens (Le Printemps)

  • Pierre CERTON  Agnus Dei  (Mass "sus le pont d'Avignon")

  • César FRANCK  Psaume 150 (with organ)

  • Claude DEBUSSY  Dieu ! Qu'il la fait bon regarder ! 

  

Choral workshop - July 2009

English music for mixed choir a capella

  • Thomas TALLIS  Salvator Mundi I

  • William BYRD  Ave Verum Corpus

  • Thomas MORLEY  Agnus Dei

  • Charles Villiers STANFORD  Phoebe

 

Choral workshop - July 2008 

Secular and sacred music for mixed choir a capella 

  • Giovanni Giacomo GASTOLDI  Amor Vittorioso

  • John BLOW  Salvator Mundi

  • Henry PURCELL  Hush, no more

  • Edward ELGAR  As torrents in summer

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