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 twelve 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 14th to 29th July, 2017. 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 four Austrian singers, Stella Maris, and David Bednall’s new young British “a cappella” group, the Lansdown Consort.
We are very excited that 2017 will be the thirteenth Langlais Festival. The programme of concerts will shortly be available on this website.