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Langlais Festival Flyer 2018

Details of the Langlais Festival 2018 are now available here – Flyer 2018 #1 and Flyer 2018 #2


Postcards of La Fontenelle from watercolours by Liz Cynddylan.  Why not buy some to help to publicise the Langlais Festival? 1 Euro or 85p per card. 5 Euros or £4.20 for 6 cards. To purchase, please contact

Solo singing masterclass

Hilary Jones’s solo singing masterclass will take place on Wednesday 25th July.  To take part or for further information, please see Brittany Music Workshops

Choral Week 2018

Malcolm Archer will once again be directing the summer choral course, which will take place in la Fontenelle from Saturday, 21st to Friday, 27th July.  For further details, please see Brittany Music Workshops

Langlais Festival in print

The Langlais Festival has been featured in Cathedral Music magazine, a publication of the Friends of Cathedral Music (
Click here to read the article.

Become a Member

If you would like to support the work of the Friends, become a member.
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JL Maison Natale

Jean Langlais outside the house in La Fontenelle where he was born.


The Association “Les Amis de Jean Langlais” was created in la Fontenelle, Ile-et-Vilaine, birthplace of the composer Jean Langlais in December 2005 to promote the memory and music of Jean Langlais and to develop musical culture in the area, particularly among young people.

Since then, the Association has organised thirteen international festivals, normally in the last fortnight of July but also at other times of year.  Our concerts take place in la Fontenelle and in the surrounding area, including Saint Leonard’s Church Fougères, the church of Sainte-Croix in Saint Servan St Malo, the church at la Bouëxière, the church of Notre-Dame at Pontorson, the Cathedral of Dol-de-Bretagne, the Abbatiale de Saint-Melaine in Rennes, the Basilique de Pontmain and the Abbaye aux Hommes in Caen.

Choirs from the UK (the Wingrave Singers, the men of the choir of Royal Holloway, Universtity of London, the girls of All Saints Church Northampton, the choir of St Mary’s Church Warwick and the Girls Choir of Guildford Cathedral, the Quiristers from Winchester College), from Spain (Camerata Coral de Santander), from Denmark (Audite and Pandora) and from the Netherlands (Consortium Musicum Divertimento) have participated over the years, as have the annual choral course choir, le Choeur de l’Académie, and the  local French choir, the Chorale “Les Amis de Jean Langlais”.

International organists have also taken part : Marie-Louise Langlais, widow of the composer, Marie-Claire Alain, Sylvie Mallet, Malcolm Archer, David Bednall, Katherine Dienes-Williams, Rupert Gough, Colin Spinks, Richard Pinel, Frantisek Vanicek,  Luca Massaglia, Veronique Le Guen, Samuel Carré, Florence Rousseau, Loic Georgeault, Paul Provost and Martina Ziegert-Wallerand.

This year’s festival will take place in la Fontenelle and the surrounding area  from 21 July to 4 August, 2018.  It will feature the Choeur de l’Académie, directed by Malcolm Archer, with organ accompaniment by David Bednall and Colin Spinks, as well as the first visit of the Canadian duo Anne Robert (violin) and Jacques Boucher (organ), and the return visit of David Bednall’s new young British “a cappella” group, the Lansdown Consort.

We are very excited that 2018 will be the fourteenth Langlais Festival.

Brenda Dean
La Fontenelle