The workshops are open to all!

During the workshops, we will be rehearsing and working intensively each day: participants are therefore expected to have a minimum of previous experience in choral singing or chamber music/orchestra.

The participants are also required to have studied and prepared their music prior to their arrival at the festival.

you'll get per mail scores and mp3 files. These are files specially prepared for each voice group.

Please print your material before your arrival

Musicians from all over Europe will be joining us: rehearsal instruction will be done mostly in French, but also in German and English ... and always in a cheerful manner

2017 Programm

This year, you are invited to take a journey through the American continent with american composers such as : Samuel Barber, Heitor Villa-Lobos or Astor Piazzola.
But also north-american romantic composers such as Chadwick, Mac Dowell, Gilchrist and mostly George Elbridge Whiting who's magnificent Cantata "Dream Pictures" is arranged for soloists, choir, string orchestra and piano by Olivier Kaspar.

Choir programm

Edward Alexander MacDowell (1860-1908) | Barcarole op.44 | Choir, String orchestra, piano (arrangement, Olivier Kaspar)
William Wallace Gilchrist (1846-1916) | Ponder My Words | Mezzo solo, Choir, String orchestra
George Whitefield Chadwick (1854-1931) | Fulcite floribus (from Phoenix Expirans) | Soprano solo, Choir, String orchestra, piano
Morten Lauridsen (1943 — ) | Sure on this shining night | Choir, piano
Ken Shakin (1959-) | I cry (world premiere) | Mezzo solo, Choir, azteq flute, string orchestra, piano
George Elbridge Whiting (1840-1923) | Dream pictures op.19 | Soloists, Choir, String orchestra, piano (arrangement, Olivier Kaspar)

String orchestra programm

Samuel Barber (1910-1981) | Adagio | String orchestra
Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887 — 1959) | Bachianas Brasileiras n°1 & n°5 | Soprano solo, String orchestra
Astor piazzolla (1921 — 1992) | Las cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) | Violin solo, String orchestra
Ignacio Cervantes (1847 — 1905) | Danzas Cubanas | String orchestra (arrangement, Olivier Kaspar)

The programm is subject to change, for artistic reasons or because of the number of participants.

Garden at sunset

In good spirit

The goal of the workshop is the musical development and personal enjoyment of the participants through hard work, good music, and conviviality during the time we spend together.


You will be accompanied by artistic and teaching specialists who will share their abilities and knowledge with you.

Personality improvement

In addition to the large group activities (rehearsals, concerts, meals, excursions) there will be smaller groups (voice group rehearsals, string sections rehearsals, breathing and voice workshops, ...).

a place with a soul

Puycelsi is a gem set in an exquisite natural surrounding, far from the beaten paths of everyday life; it has come down to us through the centuries, complete with its own spirit, and it is a pleasure for us to share with you the history and life of our community. An important aspect of our program is the possibility to explore the countryside, to experience the rehearsals in the small churches of nearby villages, to partake of the local gastronomy (wine, honey, local agriculture products), to enjoy meals, and of course to attend the special concerts of visiting classical musical artists.

The book shop | books in French, English, German ...


We offer flexible food arrangements, with or without meals; meals can be booked for lunch and evening dinner, or lunch only. Wine is included within reason.

The quality of meals is of great importance to us: meals will be prepared by an excellent caterer who places great emphasis on local products.

The cost of lodging and transportation to and from Puycelsi is not included in the festival fee.
We have a list of available lodgings at your disposal and can be of assistance to you in making your arrangements. There is a wide range of possible accommodation: from camping grounds to deluxe B&B!

Festival fee

(not included : The cost of lodging and transportation to and from Puycelsi / extra printed music sheet set / sheet-music under copyright)

Festival fee : 400€
Festival fee with midday meals: 520€
Festival fee with midday and evening meals: 640€


10% reduction on your Festival fee for each sponsored new participant (who did NOT attend the 2016 Puycelsi Festival).
He/she only has to enter your name on his/her application form ("sponsor" field)
This offer is not limited; you can be a sponsor as many people as you want !


will be served every morning before the first rehearsal to the members with lunch or lunch/dinner option

Registration? easy!

1- The application form above should be completely and carefully filled out.

2- we process your request and confirm your registration personnaly (email or phone). You will receive our bank information (for your bank transfer) or our postal address (French checks). Please proceed to your prepayment.

3- After receipt of a prepayment of 150€ (as part of your total payment) your registration is final. Your registration will then be confirmed by email.
You must then choose and make arrangements for lodgings. We can be of assistance to you in making your arrangements.

4- Final payment:: Payment of the remaining amount is due upon arrival on July 18, 2017 (between 4 and 6 p.m. in the festival hall at Puycelsi).

Mementos of the Puycelsi Festival 2016

Puycelsi Festival 2015

Participants special evening
a few highlights

...and the past editions...



The entire team at your service


Association HARP
Rue des Consuls | 81140 PUYCELSI, France
Assistance en français
Éric +33 641 80 24 90
Information hotline in English
Ross & Ginny +33 563 33 15 84
Information in deutscher Sprache
Danny +33 967 38 10 26 (Festnetz)

The Puycelsi Festival is member of France Festivals in its incubator as a "young Festival member" and also advised by the 1er Acte cultural agency.

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