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Bardou

Bardou

Bardou lies in the Parc Naturel du Haut Languedoc in the mountains near Montpellier in Southern France and is our special destination for those who appreciate the essentials of life. The accommodation is rustic but you will be rewarded with a unique setting of stunning scenery and tranquility. Consisting of twenty ancient stone houses, Bardou is an authentic example of the architecture and layout of a tiny medieval mountain hamlet.

Bardou is the perfect place for enjoying nature. Several marked trails offer short- or long-distance walks for all levels. You might also enjoy swimming in the refreshing waters of mountain streams with waterfalls and secluded deep rock pools.

Coming next in Bardou:

Symphony Orchestra
30th July - 13th August 2018

String Orchestra
18th - 26th May 2019

Symphony Orchestra
30th July - 13th August 2018

Conductor: David Sofer
Violin: Hande Küden

PROKOFIEV, Overture on Hebrew Themes
PROKOFIEV, Violin Concerto No. 2
BEETHOVEN, Symphony No.1

EXCITING MUSIC from Sergei Prokofiev and a classical Ludwig van Beethoven are on the programme for your summer vacation in Bardou. The Overture on Hebrew Themes opens the programme – an orchestrated version by Prokofiev himself –, is lively and rhythmic and resonates images of Jewish folk music and the Middle East. Our soloist Hande Küden will then play with us Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2. This music is rich with lyrical long arching melodies, but also memorable for its furious, grotesque-satiric passages – the final flurry is marked tumultuoso.

After such excitement one could imagine mistakenly Beethoven’s Symphony No.1 would be a chance to catch one’s breath. It is true that this first symphony written by the young composer is a classical one, strongly anchored in the coordinates of Viennese musical life of those days. However this a Beethoven symphony to explore and our aim will be to achieve a deep understanding of this music in the course of our stay in Bardou; culminating in a passionate and pulsating vibrant performance. It was Robert Schumann who wrote in his reflections triggered by the listening of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony: “Do not seek to extract the unusual, go back to the roots of creation, demonstrate his genius not through his last symphony (…), you can do this just as well through his first symphony.”

Registration is still possible for violins, 1 viola, 1 double bass, 1 horn, 1 trumpet

30th JULY
Arrival of the participants in Bardou

ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS,
Rehearsals (sectionals and tutti) will be in the morning until lunch and in the evening after an early dinner.

In the afternoons you can explore the surrounding of Bardou with your hiking boots, dare a refreshing swim in the rock pools of the mountain streams or just enjoy the peace and quiet of nature. Chamber music is also a popular activity in the afternoon. Bring your sheet notes!

5th AUGUST
On this day, no rehearsals are scheduled. At the request of the participants we can organize various excursions, that might include: An outing to the beautiful historical towns of Pézenas or Montpellier; visiting and wine tasting at local vineyards in the Faugère and St Chinian area; an exciting canoeing excursion on the river Orb ; a day out at the seaside or a hiking through the wonderful Caroux-plateau with its great variety of flora and fauna and stunning scenery including view of the Pyrenees.

7th AUGUST
On a small stage in Bardou we organize a concert with chamber music that has been prepared by participants in the group during the previous days.

10th - 12th AUGUST
In the evenings we will have our final concerts in the church Saint-Laurent in Magalas, at the cathedral Saint-Fulcran in Lodève and in the church Saint-Majan in Villemagne l’Argentière.

13th AUGUST
Departure

ORCHESTRA
wood winds 2.2.2.2, brass 2.2.0.0., timp, piano, strings max 6-6-4-4-2

TEAM
Conductor is David Sofer, soloist Hande Küden.

For this low budget programme we won't have coaches. The section rehearsals will be guided by experienced section leaders.

GENERAL INFORMATION / FAQ
Please do also read our general information with frequently asked questions on Symphonic Holidays.

ACCOMMODATION
The participants will be accommodated in various houses of the hamlet in double rooms. A limited number of single rooms is available. The standard of the houses reflect the humble nature of the place in general. Please pay attention to the fact that toilettes and showers are located in central facilities of the village.

 MEALS
We will take our meals together in the Taverna of Bardou, offering Mediterranean cooking based on fresh regional products.

TRAVEL
The nearest airports and long distance train stations are Montpellier, Béziers and Toulouse. From here you have connecting trains or busses to Mons la Trivalle and Bédarieux. Pick up service to Bardou is provided (Bardou is not connected to public transport). Click here for detailed information. We are happy to help you with organizing your trip!

This is our low-cost programme. We share a long summer holiday and all of us make our own contribution: We do not have extra coaches for instruction, but the section rehearsals will be led by qualified principals. Everyone helps our chef in the kitchen. Those arriving with their private car cooperate in providing transportation to the concert venues (expenses for fuel will be compensated).

PRICE
630,- € (students: 390,- €) including accommodation and meals. Not included are travel expenses and expenses on excursions. The reduced fee for students is limited to the number of ten spaces on this Symphonic Holiday.

BOOKING
If you wish to book this programme kindly use the booking form or send us an e.mail (mail@dacapo-travel.eu, writing in English, German, French or Italian). Your booking is binding as soon as we have confirmed it.

A down payment of 150, € is due at the time we confirm your booking, the rest six weeks before the programme.

Due to the number of participants that have already booked, this Symphonic Holiday is confirmed. Meaning that it certainly will take place and won’t be cancelled, allowing you to immediately make your travel arrangements.

String Orchestra
18th - 26th May 2019

Conductor: Frédéric Tschumi

Details of this Symphonic Holiday to be published soon

WITH A CHARITY CONCERT on 26th May 2018 in Villemagne l’Argentière the first spring edition of the Sinfonietta Bardou has successfully ended. Under the musical direction of Frédéric Tschumi, a group of keen string amateur musicians spent a lovely week in Bardou and experienced an intensive musical retreat combined with recreation in the beautiful nature of the Parc Naturel du Haut Languedoc. We played a programme with MOZART Adagio and Fugue, ELGAR Elegy and Serenade, and WARLOCK Capriol Suite.

Due to the efforts of the participants to this orchestra, we could collect during the concert 420,- € to support the music school and youth orchestra of Balanyá, a village in the highlands of Guatemala. Also in 2019 we will keep this tradition and try to help the children in Balanyá with our final concert in May.

The next Symphonic Holiday for string orchestra in Bardou will take place from 18th – 26th May 2019. We are happy that Frédéric will again conduct the orchestra. All details, including the programme and the names of the coaches, will be published soon.

On Facebook we published a photo album with impressions of the Symphonic Holiday in Bardou May 2018.

18th MAY
Arrival of the participants in Bardou

ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS,
rehearsals (sectionals and tutti) will be in the morning until lunch and in the evening after an early dinner. Rehearsals in the afternoon might sometimes be scheduled if needed. Instruction by the coaches will be given on the first three days.

In the afternoons you can explore the surrounding of Bardou with your hiking boots, dare a refreshing swim in the rock pools of the mountain streams or just enjoy the peace and quiet of Bardou.

22nd MAY
A day off, no rehearsals are scheduled. At the request of the participants we can organize various excursions, that might include: An outing to the beautiful historical towns of Pézenas or Montpellier; visiting and wine tasting at local vineyards in the Faugère and St Chinian area; an exciting canoeing excursion on the river Orb; a day out at the seaside or a hiking tour through the wonderful Caroux-plateau with its great variety of flora and fauna and stunning scenery including view of the Pyrenees.

25th MAY
In the evening we will have our final concert in the church Saint-Majan of Villemagne l’Argentière.

26th MAY
Departure

ORCHESTRA
The orchestra will consist of 1st and 2nd violin, viola, cello and double bass. The minimum instrumentation will be 4-4-3-3-1, maximum 8-8-6-6-2.

TEAM
Conductor is Frédéric Tschumi. He will together with Julia Andreas also coach the violin sections. Coach violas: Eerika Pynnönen. Coach cellos: n.n.

GENERAL INFORMATION / FAQ
Please do also read our general information with frequently asked questions on Symphonic Holidays.

ACCOMMODATION
The participants will be accommodated in various houses of the hamlet in double rooms. A limited number of single rooms is available. The standard of the houses reflect the humble nature of the place in general. Please pay attention to the fact that toilettes and showers are located in central facilities of the village.

 MEALS
We will take our meals together in the Taverna of Bardou, offering Mediterranean cooking based on fresh regional products.

TRAVEL
The nearest airports and long distance train stations are Montpellier, Béziers and Toulouse. From here you have connecting trains or busses to Mons la Trivalle and Bédarieux. Pick up service to Bardou is provided (Bardou is not connected to public transport). Click here for detailed information. We are happy to help you with organizing your trip!

DETAILS TO BE PUBLISHED SOON