The organisers of events in the high valley of the Allier will be
pleased to receive enquiries from musicians looking for a place to
perform in a delightful part of rural southern France. Locations vary
from the Mediaeval Basilica in Brioude (400 places) or the modern
auditorium in Langeac (300 places), to the more intimate locations of
the Valley's historic churches (120 to 200 places) and other locations.
The music season in the Haute Vallée is largely provided by small
ensembles, such as chamber orchestras, instrumental ensembles,
quartets, duos and solo performers. Since 2008, the Valley has welcomed
musical ensembles from France, the Netherlands, Spain, Bielorussia and
the UK.. These have included performers from the BBC singers, the
Wellington Symphonia, the Minsk Opera, the Opéra de St. Etienne and
other internationally renowned venues; but the range of performers has
also included amateurs, and musicians with no high-profile accolades.
Musique en la Vallée is not a chic festival for the gliterati of the
world of music; there is already one of those on our doorstep - the
International Music Festival of la Chaise Dieu (less than 20 miles from Brioude). Musique en la Vallée is
a relaxed affair, a "fringe without a festival", a season for music
lovers, and an opportunity for musicians to perform in an informal
environment in one of the most beautiful parts of France.
Professionals, amateurs, up-and-coming musicians, whatever your
background, if you can offer a quality performance and would like
further information, email Musique en la Vallée at music "at" music-valley.org for further details.