JULY - AUGUST 2019 (to be confirmed)
in the abbey of Caunes-Minervois
Occitanie (southern France - Europe)
Franck Pellé-Rolland choral conductor
We are happy to propose our upcoming summer choral workshop in Occitanie (Languedoc-Roussillon, south of France) from July … to August …, 2019. On this page you will have details on the location, the repertoire and the schedule of our singing week.
Official languages : both English and French.



The abbey of Caunes-Minervois in Cathar Country                     
The abbey of Caunes-Minervois where our choral workshop is held
Our choral workshop takes place in the romanesque abbey of Caunes-Minervois (Aude, southern France), down the Montagne Noire, twenty kilometers away from the medieval city of Carcassonne.
This former Benedictine abbey is listed as a Historical Monument : you will enjoy the magnificent chevet surrounded by two towers, the beautifully restored cloister, our nice rehearsal room...
During the workshop you can visit two exceptional spots which are listed by the UNESCO as World Heritage Sites :


to be posted
Participants are expected to master the music beforehand.


From Saturday … July at 4:00pm to Saturday August 2019 at 5:30pm.
From Sunday, two daily rehearsals : 9:30-12:00am and 4:30-7:00pm.
No rehearsal on Wednesday afternoon : free time to explore Minervois.



There are many possibilities of accommodation in Caunes and the surrounding area. We provide with a list of hotels, holiday cottages, B&Bs and campsites.
Lunches are organized by the workshop (check out the very interesting "workshop 3 + lunch" package), dinners are not. Free evenings.



Our summer workshop will be prepared on 15-16 June 2019 in Lyon (France). This pre-course weekend is optional.
Saturday 2:00-7:00pm; Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm.



Fees on the page 'Choral workshops' fees 2019'.


Are you interested in our summer choral workshop in Caunes-Minervois (France-Europe) ? Free pamphlet available.
Email : Choral workshop 3 - July-August 2019   
choral-workshops at orange . fr
Phone : +33 (0)9 67 07 11 66
By car :
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By plane :
Carcassonne Airport (15 miles far from Caunes-Minervois)
Flights from/to Billund, Charleroi, Bournemouth, Cork, Dublin, East Midlands, Liverpool, London-Stansted, Porto, Prestwick Glasgow.
Toulouse-Blagnac Airport (77 miles)
Flights from/to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, Berlin, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Cracov, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Geneva, Glasgow, Hamburg, Leeds, Lille, London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, Manchester, Madrid, Milan, Naples, Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle (CDG), Pise, Prague…
Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport (84 miles)
Flights from/to Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, Brussels, Dusserdorf, Frankfurt, London-Gatwick (LGW), London-Luton (LTN), Paris-Orly (ORY), Rotterdam…
By rail :
In France we are lucky to use TGV (high speed train) : it takes 5:30 from Paris to Carcassonne.
Carcassonne Railway Station - SNCF (12 miles far from Caunes-Minervois)
By bus from Carcassonne :
Cars Teissier  sorry, in French only
Nota bene: no bus on Sunday !
By taxi from Carcassonne Airport :
Taxi du Minervois
By flying carpet :
It is easy, quick, ecological and free of charge !



Summer choral workshop July 2018

English music of the early twentieth century
Three pieces from 'Songs of Farewell' by C. H. PARRY : My soul, there is a country ; I know my soul hath power ; Never weather-beaten sail
E. ELGAR  Evening Scene ; The Prince of sleep
G. HOLST  I love my love

Summer choral workshop August 2017

English music
William BYRD (ca.1643-1623)
Gradualia I : Suscepimus Deus, Sicut audivimus, Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Diffusa est gratia, Responsum accepit Simeon, Ave Maria gratia plena.

Summer choral workshop August 2016

Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567-1643)
Sixth book of madrigals :
- Sestina (Lagrime d'amante al sepolcro dell' amata)
- Ohimè il bel viso

Summer choral workshop August 2015

German music of the eighteenth century 
Motets by Gottfried August HOMILIUS (1714-1785) - in German
Our choral workshop will focus on a single composer who is quite unknown even among the keenest melomanes : G. A. HOMILIUS. He was a German musician, exactly contemporaneous with Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH (1714-1788). His music is worthwhile.
Despite the difficulty for a composer of sacred music to settle and live in Germany just after the great Johann Sebastian Bach, the absolute reference, Homilius’ work made him renowned and appreciated. He was mentioned several times as the best composer of sacred music of that time. Homilius composed a huge work : one hundred and eighty sacred cantatas, eleven oratorios, about sixty motets, etc. Only his motets have been reprinted up to the present day.

Summer choral workshop July-August 2014

German Romantic music
Zum Abendsegen (in German) by F. MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY
Deutsche Volkslieder  WoO34 (Heft 1 - Lieder 1 to 7) by J. BRAHMS 

Summer choral workshop July-August 2013

Italian Renaissance music
MIssa Secunda - Primi Toni by G. P. da PALESTRINA

Summer choral workshop July-August 2012

English Renaissance music
- Sancte Deus by Th. TALLIS
- If ye love me by Th. TALLIS
- O Lord, give thy holy spirit  by Th. TALLIS
- Alleluia - Ave Maria - Virga jesse  by W. BYRD
- I languish to complaine me by J. BENNET
- O sleepe fond fancie by J. BENNET
- Come shepherds follow me  by J. BENNET

Summer choral workshop July-August 2011

Spanish Renaissance sacred music
- Gaude Maria Virgo by T. L. de VICTORIA
- Unus ex discipulis by T. L. de VICTORIA
- Seniores populi by T. L. de VICTORIA
- O Domine Iesu Christe by F. GUERRERO
- Beatus es by F. GUERRERO

Summer choral workshop July-August 2010 

Italian secular music
- Sestina (sixth book of madrigals) by C. MONTEVERDI 
- Balletti by G. G. GASTOLDI 

Summer choral workshop August 2009 

Spanish sacred music for female choir
- O Virgo Splendens (Llibre Vermell de Montserrat)
- Stella Splendens (Llibre Vermell de Montserrat)
- Una hora (Tenebrae Responsories) by T. L. de VICTORIA
- O vos omnes (Tenebrae Responsories) by T. L. de VICTORIA 
- Veni Creator Spiritus by J. MONTES CAPON  

Summer choral workshop August 2008

Sacred and secular choral music for five parts
- All creatures now by J. BENNET 
- Tantum ergo by A. BRUCKNER 
- Pater Noster by G. VERDI  

Summer choral workshop August 2007

- April is in my mistress face by Th. MORLEY 
- Une puce j'ai dedans l'oreille by C. LE JEUNE
- O Lord, increase my faith by O. GIBBONS 
- Calme des nuits by C. SAINT-SAËNS
- Ave verum by E. ELGAR

Summer choral workshop August 2006

- Choral Jesu meine Freude by J. S. BACH
- Adoramus te by Q. GASPARINI 
- Zum Abendsegen by F. MENDELSSOHN
- Ave Verum by F. LISZT 
- Salve Regina by F. LISZT 
- Alleluia by R. THOMPSON 



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