On Friday night I went to the first of les Vendredis Classiques de Caunes….classical concerts held every Friday for a few weeks.
It started with a public rehearsal by a choir and small orchestra of a Bach cantata, ending with a performance where the audience was invited to join in the Amen section . The choir was excellent, the soloists were great and the conductor, Michel Brun, was brilliant at explaining what he was trying to get out of the performers as he commentated on the rehearsal.
The main concert ( Vivaldi and Purcell) of the evening was also excellent, but not as much fun as the Bach rehearsal, although the counter tenor’s voice was astounding.
Between the Bach and the Vivaldi I went for a meal in the local bar with Veronica, one of the altos in the choir, who contacted me ( through a blog posting) . It was good to hear about her experience of moving out to France working and living here and about singing in the choir. It was also the first time I have met someone directly through blogging. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting up with her. So, if you're reading this Veronica, thanks so much for a lovely evening.
Then on Saturday I had a whole day organised, wine tasting and visiting Cathar castles….it was a perfect combination, and will certainly feature in a later blog.
|Peyrepertuse, a Cathar refuge during the Albigenisian crusade.|
Today, Sunday, I’ve been thinking about watching the tennis on TV this afternoon and how I can maybe fit a few lengths of the pool in between sets. Prior to this exciting afternoon I have planned, I drove into the nearby village of Rieux, to experience their medieval fete. I am so impressed at the effort people make to enable these happenings to take place and be such enjoyable occasions. So here are a few of the photos I took.
|I love those 12th century sunglasses.|
|This little girl was fascinated by the sword|
After all this activity, I may forgo the swimming, and just slump in front of the TV, with fingers crossed for Murray.