Musique en Chemin 2018 in English !

Festival 2018

The village of La Romieu and all the team of the Musique en Chemin Festival have worked hand in hand to come up with a programme this year that offers a harmonious combination of local heritage and contemporary creations and ideas.

The programme

Thursday 9 July – Avant première

15h | Château d’Ampelle | Mario Raskin

17h | Château d’Ampelle | Violaine Cochard

20h | Château de Flamarens | Olivier Baumont

22h | Château de Flamarens | Olga Pashchenko

Scarlatti 555

In partnership with the Festival de Radio France Occitanie Montpellier, France Musique and the Office de Tourisme Gascogne Lomagne

In 2018 France Musique and the Festival of Radio France Occitanie Montpellier set themselves the challenge of performing and recording all 555 sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti in the Occitania Region. Four of these concerts will be performed at Château Flamarens as part of the festival of Musique en Chemin.


Friday 27 July

From 11h | La Halle aux Grains

Impromptu singing around the village by La Main Harmonique to ring in the festival.

In partnership with the Eté Photographique de Lectoure

19h | Festival Space

Introduction with musical specialist

Interview with Frédéric Bétous, Artistic Director of La Main Harmonique

> Duration: 40 minutes – Admission free

From 19h | Aperitif and food

At the Festival Space as well as in the restaurants in the village

20h30 | Concert in the Collégiale

Chants d’orient et d’occident

Renaissance Polyphonies from around Europe and songs from Syria

Hymns & Motets bu Dufay, Vittoria, Palestrina, Guerrero,…

A concert during which two worlds meet and offer a fusion of oriental and Eastern musical traditions

Ensemble La Main Harmonique, under the direction of Frédéric Bétous

Soumaya Hallak soprano

Chœur Ambròsia & Saori Sato, positive organ

> Duration: 1h15 – Tarif A

22h | Festival Space

Cocktail to mark the opening of the Festival


Saturday 28 July

8h45 | Walk (Leave from the village square)

Guided walk (5 km easy) to the Chapel of Sainte-Germaine

> Duration : 2 hours – Free of charge

11h | Chapel of Sainte-Germaine (Condom)


The Camino – as a metaphor for the path of our existence or how certain works draw one’s eye and the soul – by Damien Brohon, conference speaker, artist, Plastic Arts graduate

> Duration : 1h30 – Tarif B

12h30 | Picnic lunch

(Bring your own or ordered and picked up before the start of the walk)

15h30 | Festival Space

Musical interlude

16h | Salle des Fêtes

Ferme ton bec!

Puppet Show

Cie Ribambelle

> Duration : 35 minutes – Tarif C

17h | Cloister

« 1,2,3 Hope, Love, Life for peace »

Meeting with the soprano Soumaya Hallak and presentation of her work together with Syrian children.

> Duration : 40 minutes – Admission free

18h | Festival Space

Introduction by musical specialist and interview with musicians

Meeting with the musicians of Les Timbres

> Duration : 40 minutes – Free

19h | Baroque concert in the Collégiale

La Romieu Musical Tournament

Instrumental jousting between France, Germany, England and Italy,

Ensemble Les Timbres & Harmonia Lenis

Semi-final: Couperin, Bach, Purcell, Corelli

Final : the public votes and chooses the winner !

Presentation of the ‘Coup de cœur Musique en Chemin’ Trophy

> Duration : 1h30 – Tarif A

20h30 | Festival Space (location may change depending on weather)

Closing Festive Dinner

Anniversary Special !

Price: € 20 (adult) and € 10 (children aged 3 – 10)

Bookings no later than 20 July.

21h30 | Dance in the Festival Space

Le Petit bal de poche

Chansons, waltzes, tango… time to put on your dancing shoes

23h | Light show of the Collégiale


Sunday 29 July

9h30 | Collégiale


By Prof Balagna of the Catholic Institute of Toulouse about the Collégiale in its day.

> Duration : 45 minutes – Admission free

10h45 | Collégiale

Mass to commemorate the creation of the Collégiale

held by Monseigneur Gardès, Archbishop of Auch

with the participation of Chœur Ambròsia

11h30 | Salle des fêtes

« Ferme ton bec ! »

Cie Ribambelle

> Duration : 35 minutes – Tarif C

12h | Festival Space

Apéritif offered by the municipality of La Romieu.

From 12h30 | Brunch

Bring your own picnic or purchase a picnic bundle prepared by the Festival caterers and enjoy it in the shade of the trees in the Festival Space

13h | Festival Space

Introduction by a music specialist

Presentation of instruments from the Middle Ages with the Ensemble Obsidienne.

> Duration : 40 minutes – Admission free

15h | Concert at the Collégiale

700th anniversary of the Collégiale

A concert that takes to the road: The Caminos of Santiago de Compostella, Miracles of the Virgin

Ensemble Obsidienne, under the direction of Emmanuel Bonnardot

Voice, flute, bagpipes, , psaltery, drums, rebec, citole and more

Collégiale : Start of the journey to Santiago de Compostella

Cloister : The Court of Alphonse the Wise

Village Square : Arrival in Santiago de Compostella

> Duration : 1h15 – Tarif A

16h30 | Festival Space

End of the festival