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© Brittany Music Workshops 2014 LANGLAIS FESTIVAL SUMMER CHORAL WEEK directed by MALCOLM ARCHER with DAVID BEDNALL (organ) and HILARY JONES (vocal coach) Saturday 26 th July to Saturday 2 nd August 2014

© Brittany Music Workshops 2014



directed by


with DAVID BEDNALL (organ)

and HILARY JONES (vocal coach)

Saturday 26th July to Saturday 2nd August 2014



� to study and perform choral works by Jean Langlais, his contemporaries, those who

influenced him and those he has influenced, together with great music of the Anglican


� to bring experienced singers together in the Breton village where Langlais was born

� to work intensively with living composers who are professionals of the highest calibre

� to perform in three events during the Langlais International Festival 2014

For the past six years we have run a successful and unique choral week under the

expert leadership of Malcolm Archer, and we shall be repeating it in 2014. We are now

seeking to recruit experienced singers who can expect to make good music in convivial

surroundings and, in the process, become le Chœur de l’Académie du Festival Jean



We will be focusing on the following works (subject to amendment):

Jean Langlais Lauda Jerusalem

A la Claire Fontaine

Maurice Duruflé Requiem

Hubert Parry Blest pair of sirens

Herbert Howells I love all beauteous things

G.F. Handel Worthy is the Lamb and Amen Chorus

Malcolm Archer Ave Maria

David Bednall Sherborne Mass

A basic level of sight-singing ability will be essential, and singers

should try to learn the music before the course begins. Copies of scores

will be sent a month in advance.



The cost of the Choral Week is £250 per person.

This will include your individual singing lesson with Hilary Jones, all the music scores,

refreshments during the coffee and tea breaks and an evening meal on the first day.

The fee also covers:

• fees and expenses for Malcolm, David and Hilary

• payment to the SACEM (French performing rights)

• hire of venues

• general administrative costs

Please be aware that you must make your own arrangements for travel

and accommodation.

Information about travel (e.g. flights, ferries and routes) and accommodation (e.g.

hotels, B&B, gîtes, youth hostels and campsites) can be found below. Please contact us

if you wish to arrange a car share.


There will normally be two rehearsal periods each day at 3 Rue du Moulin, la Fontenelle.

We have been invited to sing Sunday morning mass at the church of la Fontenelle, and

we shall perform in two concerts : at the Basilique de Pontmain and at la Fontenelle.

Vocal coach Hilary Jones will be giving whole choir warm-up sessions each day and she

will “voice” the choir. Each participant is also entitled to a 20 minute individual lesson

with Hilary (included in the Choral Week fee) and singers may book additional half-hour

(£20/20€) or hour-long (£40/40€) sessions with her during the week.

There will also be a series of lectures which take place each day just before lunch. Last

year’s topics ranged from “How to develop and maintain good vocal technique” to

“Langlais’ musical education”, “Wagner, the Sorcerer of Bayreuth” and “Scurrilous tales

from the organ loft”.


There is a good restaurant in the village. A free evening meal will be provided at 3 Rue

du Moulin on the first evening and we can arrange to book lunch and evening meals on

the other days at a cost per meal of between €9.00 and €13.00 per head, to include

wine/cider and coffee.



Date Time Activity Venue

Sat 26th July 10.00 Registration

10.30 - 13.30 Rehearsal Church at La Fontenelle

15.00 - 16.30 Rehearsal Church

19.30 Supper 3 Rue du Moulin

Sun 27th July 09.00 – 10.15 Rehearsal Church at La Fontenelle

10.30 Mass Church at La Fontenelle

12.30 Langlais Association Lunch Salle Polyvalente, La Fontenelle

Mon 28th July 09.45 - 12.30 Rehearsal Church

12.30 - 13.30 Lecture 3 Rue du Moulin

15.00 – 16.30 Rehearsal Church

Tues 29th July 09.45 - 12.30 Rehearsal Church

12.30 – 13.30 Lecture 3 Rue du Moulin

Free afternoon

20.30 Organ recital by Malcolm and David

Church of Saint Martin, Vitré

Wed 30th July 09.45 - 12.30 Rehearsal Church

12.30 - 13.30 Lecture 3 Rue du Moulin

15.00 - 18.00 Solo singing masterclass with Hilary Jones and Colin Spinks

3 Rue du Moulin

19.30 Soirée Musicale 3 Rue du Moulin

Thurs 31st July 09.45 - 12.30 Rehearsal Church

12.30 - 13.30 Lecture 3 Rue du Moulin

15.00 - 16.30 Rehearsal Church

Fri 1st August 09.45 - 11.00 Rehearsal Church

11.30 Leave for lunch in Pontmain

14.30 – 16.00 Rehearsal Basilique de Pontmain

17.00 Concert Basilique de Pontmain

Sat 2nd August 09.45 - 12.30 Rehearsal Church

12.30 – 13.30 Lecture 3 Rue du Moulin

15.00 – 16.00 Rehearsal Church

20.30 Concert followed by Pot d’Amitié

Church at la Fontenelle


Sat 19th July, 20.30 Concert by the Girls’ Choir of Guildford Cathedral in the church at La



Sun 20th July, 16.00 Organ recital with Marie-Louise Langlais and Sylvie Mallet in the

church at Cancale

Tue 22nd July, 20.30 Concert by Consortium Musicum Divertimento (Dutch choir and

orchestra) in the church at La Fontenelle

Wed 23rd July, 18.00 Inauguration of the Rue Jean Langlais in Fougères

21.00 Concert with Loïc Georgeault and Florence Rousseau (organ) and

Anne-Catherine Leissen-Bottrel (flute) in the church of Saint Léonard,


Thu 24th July, 20.30 Concert by Consortium Musicum Divertimento (Dutch choir and

orchestra) in Dol Cathedral

Fri 25th July, 20.30 Concert with Isabella Stabio (saxophone) and Stefania Mettadelli

(organ) in the church at La Bouëxière.



This will be Malcolm’s eighth visit to la Fontenelle.


Malcolm Archer is Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College, where

he trains and conducts the Quiristers and Chapel Choir and teaches organ

in the College. He has enjoyed a distinguished career in cathedral music,

which has taken him to posts at Norwich, Bristol and Wells Cathedrals and

then Director of Music at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. During his time

there he directed the choir for several State services, including the

Tsunami Memorial Service, the London Bombings Service and the 80th

Birthday Service for HM The Queen, for which he was invited by

Buckingham Palace to compose a special anthem. His many broadcasts

and recordings from Wells and St. Paul’s have received critical acclaim,

and his CD of Christmas music from St. Paul’s was voted Editor’s number

one choice in The Daily Telegraph.

Malcolm is much in demand as a choir trainer and choral and orchestral

conductor, and he has directed concerts, workshops and courses in various

parts of the globe, as well as working with several leading orchestras. As

an organ recitalist he has played in nine European countries, the USA and

Canada, and his CDs include repertoire as diverse as J.S. Bach and Olivier

Messiaen, as well as his own music.

Malcolm Archer’s official web site is: www.malcolmarcher.com

This will be David’s

tenth visit to

la Fontenelle.


David is a busy composer and organist, combining a freelance career with

the position of Sub Organist at Bristol Cathedral and PhD Studies at the

University of Bristol. He studied with Dr. Naji Hakim and David Briggs and

between 2002 and 2007 was at Wells Cathedral, as Sub Organist and then

Assistant Organist.

David studied in Sherborne and then at the Queen’s College, Oxford where

he was Organ Scholar. He was a prize-winner in Improvisation and

Performance at the examination for Fellow of The Royal College of

Organists in 2002. He has performed all the major works of Olivier

Messiaen as part of the Liturgical Year. His debut solo CD (for Lammas) of

Hakim, Messiaen and Vierne at Blackburn Cathedral, and a CD of liturgical

improvisations with Malcolm Archer, have both received excellent critical


Further information can be found at: www.davidbednall.com


This will be Hilary’s

sixth visit to

la Fontenelle.


Born in Llandudno, North Wales, Hilary studied singing, piano and harp at

Chethams School of Music, Manchester, and continued her studies at the

Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Noelle Barker.

Hilary has taught the choral scholars and students of the Universities of

Oxford and Cambridge and young singers in the Junior Department of the

Guildhall School of Music. She has devoted herself to the training of boy

and girl choristers, teaching at cathedrals throughout England. She is the

only female who does this specialised training with so many different

choirs in England.

Hilary has worked with David Hill for over 17 years both at Westminster

and Winchester Cathedrals as well as assisting with the voicing of the

London Bach Choir of which he is director. She was vocal coach to the

City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus from 1995 – 2000 and since

1992, several choristers trained by Hilary have won or been finalists in the

BBC Radio 2, Chorister of the Year. The 2003 and 2004 winners were all

taught by Hilary.


Brenda Dean is a retired teacher who has sung in choirs all her life. A

trained singer, she has set up choirs and directed choral and stage

productions in the UK and the Middle East. She was a consultant with the

Learning and Skills Network in London, organising Citizenship training

events throughout England, and she is chairman of the Wingrave Singers

in Buckinghamshire. (www.bucksinfo.net/wingravesingers)

Brenda is President of the Association “Les Amis de Jean Langlais” in la

Fontenelle (www.jeanlanglais.eu) and, with the help of her French

committee, she has organised over 65 concerts in Brittany during the nine

Langlais International Festivals of 2005 – 2013, including six very

successful choral weeks.



Malcolm, David and Hilary are aiming to work with 35 to 40 singers, so places are

limited. Singers will be selected on the basis of sight-reading ability, experience and

our need to achieve a balanced choir.

In the first instance please fill in the application form below and return it together

with your non-returnable deposit of £65 by 31st March, 2014.

You will be informed by the end of April if your application has been accepted and you

will then be asked to pay the balance of the choral week fees.

Please complete the application form and return it with your deposit of £65 (cheques

made payable to "Brenda Dean – Choral Course") to

Brenda Dean,

2 Nup End Close,


Aylesbury, Bucks.

HP22 4QA


NB - Please make cheques made payable to "Brenda Dean – Choral Course"


If you need to cancel before 31st May, we will return your fee minus a £3.00

administration charge. If you cancel after this date but before 30th June, we will refund

your fee as above if we are able to find someone to take your place. Late cancellations

(after 30th June) are not refundable.

Further information

If you require further information, please call Brenda Dean on:

UK 01296 681291

FRANCE 00 33 (0)2 99 97 68 14

or e-mail [email protected]



There are a number of different options for travelling to la Fontenelle. If you do come

by public transport, please note that there is NO public transport to la Fontenelle itself -

the only options are to hire a car or to book a taxi.

Please bear in mind that you will need transport whilst attending the choral

week to travel from your accommodation to the various rehearsal and concert


Fares are normally announced up to three months in advance, so to take advantage of

best prices for tickets (and to have a chance of a sharing arrangement for car hire), it is

suggested that anyone interested should identify their interest before 30th April, 2014

and plan to make a firm commitment within the following month as travel details

become available.


There a number of ferry options as well as the Eurotunnel. The table below lists the

possible routes and distances to la Fontenelle.

To Distance Time From Company

St Malo 53km 50m Portsmouth or Poole - 9 hrs Brittany Ferries (PMTH) Condor Ferries (PLE) www.condorferries.com

Caen 156km 1h45m Portsmouth - 5¾hrs Brittany Ferries

Cherbourg 190km 2h18m Portsmouth - 3hrs Brittany Ferries www.brittany-ferries.co.uk

Le Havre 235km 3h40m Portsmouth - 5½hrs LD Lines www.ldlines.com.uk

Calais/ Boulogne

495km 4h30m Dover/Folkstone - 1½hrs SeaFrance, P&O and others

Eurotunnel 495km 4h30m Folkestone – ½ hr www.eurotunnel.com

Charges for EUROTUNNEL are one way and vary depending on the time of day or night,

but they range between £44 and £144. The charge is per car with no limit on the

number of passengers (£30 for a dog!). Petrol costs about the same as in UK and

diesel is cheaper, so costs from Calais would be around £40. Total motorway tolls for

the journey would be about £24.


The EUROSTAR service from London provides an excellent link to France. TGV high

speed services and the changeover can be in Paris (requiring change of station) or more

simply in Lille (but at fewer times during the day). In both cases TGV services go to

Rennes and on to Dol and St Malo. Although the latter two are closer to la Fontenelle, it


takes longer to get there and arrangements still have to be made for the onward

journey. Again, the options are to hire a car or to book a taxi.

To Distance Time From Company

Rennes 52km 1h St Pancras via Lille - 7hr www.eurostar.com www.bahn.de


Services run from Southampton, Stansted or East Midlands airports. Further

arrangements would need to be made for the onward journey - either by hiring a car or

by taxi.

To Distance Time From Company

Dinard 55km 50m E.Midlands or Stansted Ryanair www.ryanair.com

Rennes 60km 1h10m Southampton Flybe www.flybe.com

Please note - asking to be fetched by car for the onward journey to la

Fontenelle is a major time commitment and should only be requested in




Km Accomm Type

Address Contact B&B

pp/pn Comments


Campervans Situated behind the Mairie [email protected] +33 2 99 98 32 89

Possibility to park behind the Mairie


B&B Claire Lagoutte-Perrin La Maison de Claire 2 rue de Couesnon

www.lamaisondeclaire.fr [email protected] +33 2 99 98 43 76

€42 Some have already booked

B&B La Demeure d’Isaure Antrain

+33 2 99 18 05 33 +33 6 26 82 12 82 (mobile) [email protected]


B&B M Mme Rolland Delente La Cour Horlande 25 rue de Pontorson

+33 2 99 18 09 74 +33 6 20 33 27 41 (mobile) [email protected]

€48-€68 Two dogs

B&B Le Clos Chateldon 10 rue Saint-Denis

+33 2 99 98 41 82 [email protected]


B&B Le 1900 +33 2 99 98 44 39 +33 6 12 51 83 90 [email protected]


B&B L’Hermine +33 2 99 98 18 03 74 +33 6 07 43 27 17 [email protected]


B&B Le Bon Acceuil chez Marie

+33 2 99 98 37 30 +33 6 80 89 64 77 (mobile) +33 6 61 99 53 06 (mobile) [email protected]

€35 Basic accommodation

Campsite Camping Municipal +33 2 99 98 31 09 [email protected]

€12.70 for 2 adults


Hotel Hotel Roc Land ** +33 2 99 98 20 46 [email protected]


9km BAZOUGES La Perouse

B&B Andrew Neal Le Manoir 10 Place de l’Hotel de Ville

www.brittanybedandbreakfast.com [email protected] +33 2 99 97 42 76

€45-€60 English owners

B&B Nominoé 2 rue de l’Eglise

+33 2 99 97 48 92 [email protected]


B&B Les Hauts de Taillepieds

+33 2 99 97 42 86 +33 6 13 56 40 38 [email protected] www.taillepieds.fr



B&B La Maison Neuve +33 2 99 95 05 64 [email protected]

€40-€48 Also a campsite @ €3.50 per person per night


Hotel Hotel Montgomery *** +33 2 33 60 00 09

B&B Ken & Chris Richmond 48 rue d’Antrain 50170 Boucey

+33 2 33 58 75 25 English owned


Km Accomm Type

Address Contact B&B

pp/pn Comments

Youth Hostel Pontorson Youth Hostel +33 2 33 60 18 65

Campsite [email protected] +33 2 33 69 11 59


B&B Le Quartier [email protected] +33 2 99 73 65 14

€48-€54 Very attractive, in grounds of old manor house


Hotel Hotel du Lion d’Or ** +33 2 53 44 90 01 Has an excellent restaurant

Gîte Les Coudreaux http://lescoudreaux.free.fr +33 2 99 98 36 84 +33 6 68 08 18 20

Very kind French owners. Wife speaks excellent English


B&B Le Petit Plessis [email protected] +33 2 99 73 60 62

€39-€45 Attractive converted farm


Campsite Claire & Philippe Ybert Le Bois Coudrais

[email protected] [email protected] +33 2 99 73 27 45

Highly recommended. Good for families. Swimming.


Campsite Caravans Hotel

Domaine des Ormes www.lesormes.com [email protected] +33 2 99 73 53 00

Camping at all levels. 4* hotel. Golf, swimming horse-riding. Good for families


Hotel Hotel du Chateau *** +33 2 99 73 00 38

Hotel Hotel du Lac ** +33 2 99 73 95 65


Hotel Hotel de Bretagne ** +33 2 99 48 02 03

Campsite Baguer-Pican [email protected] +33 2 99 48 09 55


CHORAL WEEK : 26th July – 2nd August 2014



Post code

Tel Mobile


Age (please tick) ���� 15 – 30 ���� 31 – 40 ���� 41 – 50 ���� 51 – 70 ���� Over 70

Voice part ���� Soprano ���� Alto ���� Tenor ���� Baritone ���� Bass (please tick)

���� First ���� Second

It would be most helpful if you could give some details of your experience as a singer. Which choir/s do you belong to? ______________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ How long have you been singing in choirs? _______________________ What have been the most recent works you have sung and performed? ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________ How long did it take you to learn these works? How many rehearsals did you have? ________________________________________________________________________________________ Please rate your sight-singing : perhaps you could mention a piece you have found easy to sight-read and one that you have found challenging. ________________________________________________________________________________________ Please give the contact details (phone and email particularly useful) of someone who could give you a vocal reference. ________________________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________

Please complete the application form and return it by 31st March, 2014 with your deposit of £65 (cheques payable to “Brenda Dean – Choral Course”) to :

Brenda Dean, 2 Nup End Close, Wingrave, Aylesbury, Bucks. HP22 4QA UK

If you require further information, please contact Brenda Dean on 01296 681291 or +33 (0)2 99 97 68 14 e-mail: [email protected]