Saturday, 19 June 2010

An evening of culture

We have experienced a variety of activies since moving to South West France earlier this year and last night was no exception.

I had been told by my friend that an open air concert held at the local chateau a couple of times a year was worth a visit if i liked classical music; last night was the first of two annual classical music festivals. Tickets were only 6€ each and we enjoyed an evening celebrating Mozart under the not so clear evening sky. Despite the unusually cool weather the stroll up the tree lined chateau Lamothe driveway set the scene.

As we entered the chateau grounds and found our seats on the circular lawn in front of the main entrance and terrace, the orchestra started to play. We were entertained spectacularly for over two hours with renditions from a variety of Mozart's work and professional singers alike.

Half way through, I found myself closing my eyes and imagining a large group of crinoline clad ladies with tiny waists and big skirts with corresponding men in long jackets short trousers and wigs offering their hands to dance.

The chateau itself is a large cream colured "U" shaped property with beautiful old grey shutters on all the windows and a terrace at the front with stone balustrades around it and the roof line. It has a place in history linked to the Cadillac car and an early French explorer Sieur de LAMOTHE-CADILLAC.

The next concert is 6th August and will be an evening with Chopin with a grand piano on the terrasse. Hope the weather is better by then as I am deffinitely going to attend!

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