It is one of the original 41 rural areas in France officially classed
as an art and
history heritage area (
France at its best,
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
(a local industry that is now redeveloping as new vineyards
planted) , the
Haut Allier is reputedly the warmest and sunniest area of the Massif
The high Allier
valley is one of the original 41 officially recognised "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....
Discover 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.
Haut-Allier is not just about music. Far from
it. The area is has recently developed as one of the major centres for
art in rural France. Every two years, the Brioude Biennal, France's
premier watercolour event, hosts artists from around the world, and
every year the Decades de la Peinture (decade
days in French, not ten years) showcase the work of budding and
established amateur artists from all over France.
And the icing on the cake: since 2018, Brioude's historic
13th century Deanery building has found new life as a Modern Art
centre, and each summer hosts a major exhibition. In 2018 it was
Chagall, in 2019 Miro, in 2021 De Staël, and for summer 2022 Picasso,
an exhibition of works from the artist's later years.
In addition, summertime sees small exhibitions and
art workshops in a number of locations including historic monuments
around the Music Valley area, while the small town of Brioude is home
to ever more art and craft boutiques and galleries.
For historic art, the churches and abbeys of Haut
Allier are home to a remarkable collection of medieval
frescoes murals and polychrome sculptures, possibly the
greatest surviving concentration of such medieval art in France.
en Haute Loire
- La Haute vallée de
l' Allier, d'Auzon à Pébrac, ce sont les
communes d'Auzon, Bournoncle St. Pierre, Brioude, Vieille Brioude,
Villeneuve d'Allier, Blassac, Lavoûte Chilhac, Chilhac,
Aubazat, Langeac, Chanteuges, Saint Arcons, Prades,
les autres communes du "Pays d'Art et d'Histoire du Haut Allier".
Ce sont les vallées de l'Allier et de ses affluents –
Allagnon, Senouire, Doulon.
L'Off musical du
Haut Allier, c'est le fruit de l'enthousiasme d'un tissu
d'organisateurs essentiellement bénévoles, de
mairies, de musiciens, de
de festivals locaux et d'associations culturelles qui
collectivement assurent une animation musicale probablement sans
équivalent en zone rurale par sa durée et par le
nombre et la qualité