||Auvergne - France:
valley of the Allier.
between Brioude and Langeac.
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The organisers of events in the high valley of the Allier are happy to receive enquiries from musicians looking for a place to
perform in a delightful part of rural southern France. Locations
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.
From top professionals to talented amateurs
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
musicians and ensembles from France, Switzerland, the
Netherlands, Spain, Russia, Bielorussia, Israel, the USA, and
the UK.. These have included performers from the BBC singers, the
Wellington Symphonia, the Brussels Philharmonic orchestra, the Minsk
Opera, the Opéra de St. Etienne and
other internationally renowned venues; but the range of performers has
also included many talented amateurs, and musicians with no
Musique en la Vallée - the Haut Allier Fringe - 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
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 contact
for further details.
our small musical associations, staffed by dedicated volunteers, work
on very tight budgets. Unlike our well-known neighbour the La
Chaise-Dieu festival, we get very little in the way of subsidies ; and
however much we'd love to do so, we can't offer large fees. But
to any professional or amateur group who would like to come and play or
sing in our churches or castles, we say "Get in touch with us and let
us know your terms. We'll see what we can manage." We can maybe
offer you a chance to play or sing in a beautiful historic building,
and while you're here, let you discover one of the most beautiful and
relatively undiscovered parts of southern France.