2020 season -
Most concerts have been cancelled or posponed on account of Covid-19
great music in a relaxed and generally informal atmosphere in the
historic churches and châteaux of the Haut Allier. Music Valley means
music for all... at very affordable prices. Indeed, plenty of events
are actually free. As for the musicians, they go from top
international performers, to talented amateurs for whom music is just a
► For the concerts that are actually taking place, consult the 2020 programme in French
rural France, welcome
to the High Allier valley, from Brioude to
Langeac, in the department of Haute Loire, France. The valley lies at
an average altitude
500 metres (1600 ft), with surrounding hills rising to 1300 metres.
Summers are usually warm and dry. Once a busy wine-growing area, the
Haut Allier is reputedly the warmest and sunniest area of the Massif
The high Allier valley is officially classed as one of just 41 "Pays d'art et d'histoire
areas of outstanding artistic and heritage interest) in France. It is
an area with so much to offer, including,
the summer months and for music-lovers, a season
held in some of the valley's
beautiful medieval churches. .
But the concert programme is
just one of the many attractions that this valley has to offer those in
search of a relaxing but interesting holiday in the calm and beauty of
rural France; ancient churches
mediaeval murals, castles
paleontological museum, rambling
, excellent bird-watching
fishing, canoeing and plenty more, the Haut Allier has it all....
right: Trumpeting angel; 14th century mural, Eglise de Blassac.