32nd Festival of Ancient Music of Lanvellec and Trégor
From September 29th till October 21st 2018
Orpheus, Apollo, the Nine Muses and their mother Mnemosyne were our divine guides in the choice of concerts for the 32nd edition of the Lanvellec and Trégor Festival. This year’s title “Gradus ad Parnassum, the ascent to Parnassus” was borrowed from Johann Joseph Fux’s eponymous treatise on the art of counterpoint.
Over the centuries these mythological figures have been an inexhaustible source of inspiration for poets and musicians … and, of course, painters. Just think of Raphael and his superb representation of Parnassus in the Room of the Signatura at the Vatican!
Orpheus, symbol of the alliance of music and poetry, is the thread of the ten concerts and five conferences that we are offering from September 29 to October 21, 2018. Orpheus, none other than the son of Calliope, Muse of Eloquence, charms and soothes people, animals, even plants and rocks, with the sound of his voice and his lyre. He even subdued the underworld, obtaining permission to return to bring his great love, Eurydice, back to the world of the living.
But Orpheus is more than an enchanter. Following his passage in the hereafter he revealed to mankind the secret of immortality: in the quest for eternal life the dying should drink not from the Lethean stream but only the fresh waters of the Mnemosyne spring.
Artistic director of the Festival of Lanvellec and Trégor
The Lanvellec and Trégor Music Festival
The Festival originated in 1986 to showcase the Robert Dallam organ of Lanvellec (1653). Miraculously preserved in its original state, it is a unique testimony to Robert Dallam’s art of organ building.
This baroque gem – described by Gustav Leonhardt as “lively, precise, quivering” is the starting point of the Festival , a major event in Baroque Music, presenting internationally renowned musicians.
Every Autumn in Brittany, in the towns and villages of the Trégor area, period instruments played by great artists can be heard in beautiful surroundings. Each concert is given in a church, chapel, cathedral or theatre with perfect acoustics.
A broker of history, the Lanvellec and Trégor Festival lets you discover ancient music and its greatest composers. Over three weekends it invites the public to concerts – generally first productions – , lectures, and meetings with artists to discuss constantly renewed themes. Culture, history and music are closely knit to meet everyone’s tastes.
The Festival is a member of the European Early Music Network (EEMN). This is in recognition to the high level of its artistic programming by the musical world. Based locally the Festival aims at international excellence.