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Festival du Haut Limousin 2014

Festival du Haut Limousin 2014

Festival du Haut Limousin, 2nd – 17th August 2014

Classical music festival created in 1999 in the department of Haute-Vienne, Limousin region. The festival is hosted by the Farm Villefavard mecca of music in Limousin. It offers musical quality program each season from mid-July to mid-August in the most beautiful elements of civil and religious heritage of Upper Limousin (Romanesque Collegiate DORAT, Bourg de MORTEMART, fortified church COMPREIGNAC, AMBAZAC etc.)


This year the Festival du Haut Limousin kicks off in style with a cabaret-concert followed by a Jazz Ball. “Castrato” soprano singer Cathy Heiting and pianist Jonathan Soucasse move audiences to tears and laughter with their performance, finally encouraging them to join in the latest funky hits. And how better to complete the opening night than by dancing to the Pimentone Jazz Sextet, a free event, hopefully to be held outside in the courtyard.

A new orchestra - Les Forces Majeures is premiering at the Festival this year with two performances. In the first they explore a Russian repertoire with Nicolas Angelich, an internationally renowned pianist, and in the second they accompany the delightful Karin Deshayes, singing some of the great arias from Mozart and Rossini.


For those of you who have a soft spot for romantic music, Nicolas Angelich returns for a second concert called “Carte Blanche”, his personal choices from a repertoire of passionate and tender classical music.

A fresh approach to music comes from world famous Korean cellist Sung Won Yang, the Japanese pianist Hiroaki Yamaguchi and the wind quintet, Les Bons Becs who have come together to play an eclectic repertoire of classical, tea dance, tango, songs and rock.


We also have an opportunity to join in the 250th anniversary celebrations of the death of famous Dijon composer, Rameau, when we can hear tenor Mathias Vidal and the baroque Ensemble Amarillis with a brilliant arrangement of his secular cantatas and chamber operas.

Pianist Ismaël Margain and the Hermes String quartet are a group of young and talented players. In their Festival concert they offer us a fresh and inventive approach to Haydn, Beethoven and Schumann, amongst others.


Four free concerts will be hosted by some of the Haute Vienne’s prettiest little churches and a chateau. On the first Sunday Sung Won Yang plays Bach cello suites and the Quatuor Winston offer a classical/jazz mix on the following Sunday. An opportunity for parents and their children to learn about orchestras and conductors at Villefavard is also free of charge.


And last but not least, the Festival’s favourite choir is back: the Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne, conducted by Michel Corboz. They have recently added a new collection of French Sacred Music to their impressive list of recordings and their first performance offers a selection from the end of the 19th to beginning of the 20th centuries. As a stunning finish to the festival they will be singing the original 1876 version of Dvorak’s Sabat Mater. - Article © The Bugle - July 2014


Fiona Campbell, Vice-President

Further information:

T. 05 55 60 29 32


Festival du Haut Limousin
2, impasse de l’Église et de la Cure
87190 - Villefavard





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