With just a few days left in Caunes, before a 3 week trip back to the UK, I am posting some further thoughts about this incredibly lovely town we have found to live in , here in the Languedoc.
Having the children and grandchildren here for the last 2 weeks has meant we have not been involved in what has been happening in the village. Most of our time has been spent by the pool, or taking the kids to other places to play with water….lakes and beaches….
However, last night we attended one of Caunes' “Vendredi Classiques”.
On most Fridays during July and August, there is a village meal, followed by a concert in the grounds of the Abbey. I attended several last year when I was here on my own, and Mark and I have made a point of going to them this summer, when we have been here.Last night, we left 2 of the children and 2 of the grandchildren at the house to manage a pizza tea themselves. Jess and her friend Freni, who is visiting, had been left at Narbonne station earlier in the day, for their trip to Barcelona.
Mark, his sister and brother in law ( who had just arrived having cycled from Surrey….770 miles ! ) and I went to the village meal and then onto the concert.
|Celebrating Hannah and Rick's arrival from Surrey, after 770 miles of cycling|
It was a stunning evening, despite being relocated from the Abbey’s amphi theatre to the adjoining church, due to the high winds.
Frederic Cornille had every woman in the audience eating out of his hand, as soon as he walked on……and when he started to sing……..it was just out of this world.
He then performed a tremendous rendition of an aria from Handel’s “Serse”. The lightheartedness had gone, and the passion and soulfulness was intense. His whole body was involved with everything he sang.
|Frederic Cornille....with Francois Gilles in front, conducting.|
He ended with a fast and furious “Largo al factotum” from “The Barber of Seville”, and thoroughly earned his standing ovation.
For such a small town....the quality of the concerts has always amazed us.....but this took it all to another level. It was wonderful.