Programme for the Tourtoirac Music Week 2018

From Saturday 11th August to Saturday 18th August 2018.

Subject to changes and/or additions between this date and August


Saturday 12th August 2018-Musical Soirée

Opening at 19.30 – welcome to the Chateau de Tourtoirac from 20.00 – 24.00


The musical soirée will be led by Benjamin FAU and the artists of the 5th Music Week, with gastronomic delights provided by Charlotte Sindou-Faurie.  The evening will be enriched by a firework display organised by the Commune de Tourtoirac, at the foot of the Chateau.

You will hear notably, operatic singers Astrid COTTET, Pauline Schill, Adeline Barucq, Fabienne Boursier, Christophe Girard Reydet and the male-voice choir MANE VOCEQuentin VESTUR ; with his harp; the singer Edmond Siwek, Franꞔoise Bouttier, Agnès Boursier flutist, Louis Le Breton percussionist, our choir-master Benjamin FAU and the invited artist, jazz pianist Dider Freboeuf, plus of course budding musicians and amateurs.


Tickets : €25

Subscription : €10

Monday 13th August 2018 – Traditional Dance with Ciac Boum and Le Trio Forj

At the Chateau at 17.30


A workshop ‘Breathing and Singging’ led by Astryd COTTET


From 19.00 at the village hall in Thenon 


An introduction to traditional dances by Le TRIO FORJ, in order to enjoy the traditional dance evening led again this year by CIAC BOUM.


Tariff including a free drink

Introduction and dance evening = €15

Dance evening = €10


Tuesday 14th August 2018 – Concert by ‘Mane Voce’


At 20.30 in Tourtoirac Abbey


Male-voice choir ‘MANE VOCE’, directed by Christoph Girard Reydet

Music by: Gounod, Vittoria, Mozart, Russian Folk songs, traditional Basque songs, La Huella (Ch GR).


 Free entry


Programme MANE VOCE
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Thursday 16th August 2018 – Concert by artists and others

 At 17.30 in Tourtoirac Abbey


A conference on the History of Araucania led by Jean-Louis Fromentière.


At 20.30 in the Abbey – concert by artists from the Music Week


At 22.00, at the Chateau ‘after hours’ concert by jazz pianist Didier Freboeuf and final ‘jam session’.


Free entry

Friday 17th August – final Concert with the Missa  Criolla

At 20.30 in Tourtoirac Abbey.


Final Concert directed by Benjamin FAU.  The choirs (adult and children), the students form the workshops, the solo singer and musiciains will present the pieces they have studied during the week, with a heavy emphasis on Latin-America and in particular, the Missa Criolla.


Free entry

Presentation of Musicians

Benjamin Fau

Benjamin Fau : Guitarist, choir master and orchestra conductor.  Studied musicology at Paris VIII and harmony and counterpoint at the Hector Berlioz Conservatory in Paris.  Orchestral and Chorale conducting inspired by A. McDonnell and J. J. Werner in Paris, together with the Phenomenology of Music under the guidance of Maestro Konrad von Abel.  Currently he is Choir Master for the Eolides Choir in Paris and the Mesnil Choir in Yvelines.  He works in France and Europe as Musical Director and guitarist (Chamber Music and Contemporary).


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Mane Voce

‘Mane Voce’ is an amateur male-voice choir formed at the end of 2012. It is currently made up of 12 singers all passionate volunteers who are directed by their choir master Christophe Girard Reydet.  Their repertoire is polyphonic and Gregorian Chant. The group gives several concerts each year and regularly participate in solemn celebrations at the church of St. Jean-Baptiste in Neuilly, where they are artists-in-residence.


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Astryd Cottet

Astryd Cottet has a Diploma in Singing and a Masters in the teaching of Singing.  In Leipzig she is the teacher of singing for the Children’s Choir at the Opera and the radio.  She holds singling classes in Leipzig and Paris and gives classes to both individiuals and choirs.  She directs ‘ Petit Pain’ Choir which she set in in Leipzig and leads the musical direction of a masterclass in singing and interpretation in Tourtoirac Music Week for German and French singers.  In parallel  with these activities she continues to sing publicly as a mezzo-soprano.


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Didier Fréboeuf


Didier Freboeuf lays bare his musical universe.  Between composition and improvisation, jazz and world music, he enriches his desire for the right note with an accomplished consideration for silence.  He makes the piano speak as if, between him and the sound, there is no mechanical intermediary.  Organic music, emotive and masterly, a voyage without a compass in the heart of territories which he has cultivated with consistency for many years. (Article: Studio de l’Ermitage).


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Quentin Vestur


Quentin Vestur holds a degree in Music and Musicology from the University of Paris IV, Sorbonne and a State Diploma in traditional music. He has also trained in Ireland.


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Edmond Siwek

Edmund Siwek who is a self-taught and multi-talented artiste and exceptional entertainer at our folk, rock or traditional soirees, will perform with his guitar and voice, taking us back to the world og George Brassens and other French and International songs, on which we were nurtured from the 50s to the 70s – songs which were poetic and swept us away, and which will thrill you.

Agnés Boursier

Agnes Boursier, after having gained her prize for the flute and studies specialising in music training, now continues her studies in the flute classes of Frederic Chatoux at the Pole Superieur de Paris-Boulogne.


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The Alba Spina ensemble

The Alba Spina Ensemble pursues its exploration of 18th century Scottish and Irish Music, which resonates with today’s appreciation of traditional music.  Their programme is made up of a selection of published music and manuscripts appearing in London between 1690 and 1800.  Alba spina in compried of Pierre Nenez (Flutes and Daff), Thomas Thiebaud (violing and flutes) and Quentin Vestor (Celtic Harp and Clarsach). 


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