August 9th: top class music after lunch

By arrangement with member Piers Killeen and the Albion Quartet, members have been invited to enjoy a rehearsal by this top class quartet at Piers’ chateau at Sainte-Mère (32) on Thursday 9th August.

We plan to lunch in advance of this at the Auberge des Bouviers in Lectoure.  ‘Bouviers’ are cowboys according to the proprietor but this is certainly not a comment on the food!

Piers writes:

“I am afraid I cannot be sure what they will be rehearsing, but clearly it will be pieces from the subsequent concert programmes. The rehearsals are likely to include sections from the Beethoven and Schubert quartets featuring in the programme.  They are all lovely people and I’m sure they will also say a word or two to your group about their work.  They have fabulous instruments anyway – Stradivarius, Guarnerius and a Grancino.”

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Details have been sent to members by email: please contact for further details.


Join us at Sainte-Mère

At our request, member Piers Killeen has kindly arranged for us to attend a rehearsal by the Albion Quartet during the festival at Sainte-Mère (32). This will take place on 9th August after a lunch to be arranged nearby. There will be a small charge for this event to help support the festival.

Details of the festival programme are on the Sainte-Mere website and you may like to attend a concert in addition.

It would be helpful at this early stage to get some idea of numbers for the lunch and rehearsal, so please let us know if you might attend via:



La Halle aux Grains – a great venue

Last Friday we had the joy of hearing a top orchestra – the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse – at the magnificent Halle aux Grains in Toulouse; with Sibelius and Richard Strauss, two of my favourites, as well. If you haven’t been to an event there, do make an effort to do so = it’s a great venue and the acoustics are surprisingly good for a building which wasn’t purpose built. There’s a designer-type hotel literally next door, Les Bains Douches, on the site of the old Toulouse public baths I believe; it’s a bit bizarre but it has some secure parking and there are plenty of good restaurants close by (and the Irish pub if you like Guinness and boisterous patrons).