2019 season - 49 concerts in July and August
Enjoy 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 pleasurable pastime.► Jump straight to this year's programme of concerts
For music in 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 of 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 Central.
The high Allier valley is officially classed as one of just 41 "Pays d'art et d'histoire" (rural areas of outstanding artistic and heritage interest) in France. It is an area with so much to offer, including, in the summer months and for music-lovers, a season of concerts 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 with fine mediaeval murals, castles, a paleontological museum, rambling and hiking trails, excellent bird-watching, fishing, canoeing and plenty more, the Haut Allier has it all....
►Musicians: click here for information on performing in Music Valley
Photo right: Trumpeting angel; 14th century mural, Eglise de Blassac.
Contact: send an email to contact at music-valley.org
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