Our annual Festival Camac, which always takes place in a francophone region, is ten years old! We are celebrating with a particularly special programme in Nancy.
As ever, we are looking forward to a weekend that showcases the harp in all its richness and variety. We will begin on Friday, October 16th, with a concerto evening. With the Orchestre Mettensis Symphonia under the baton of Sébastien Beck, Valérie Milot (Canada) will perform the Handel concerto; Mai Fukui (Japan), the Debussy Dances; and Isabelle Moretti, the Boildieu Concerto. All three soloists will then join forces with Léo Doumène, Blandine Pigaglio and Lucie Delhaye for Granville Bantock's six-harp concerto, 'Celtic Symphony'.
Saturday is our "Harpélidoskope" day at the Festival Camac, dedicated to a broad presentation of musical styles. Isabelle Moretti will give a classical masterclass, and then Kim Robertson, a lever harp workshop. We are then very proud to welcome Elinor Bennett to give a concert on Camac's private collection of historical instruments.
Camac's historical harp collection
Diverse genres will then come together in the evening 'Harpélidoskope' concert, in the Grand Salon of the Nancy town hall. Valeria Voshchennikova (Russia) will begin, with classical harp; Kim Robertson (USA) will follow, with the Celtic music with which she has made her name; and finally, Rossitza Milevska (Bulgaria/France) and her trio will play jazz.
Sunday, October 18th continues Saturday's music, with a jazz class with Rossitza Milevska in the morning. And for our grand finale, we are looking forward already to a world premiere with avant-garde artist Hélène Breschand and the harp class of the Conservatoire régional du Grand Nancy. This world premiere, made possible with the collaboration of the Institut Européen du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel, will take the form of a collective improvisation based on the Henri Michaux film, 'Images du monde visionnaire'.
'Images du monde visionnaire' (1963) is based on Michaux’s experiences with psychedelics. It presents a series of images, coming from the imagination and subject to different types of visual and perceptive distortion. And it is perception that Hélène Breschand will explore - how music affects the perception of images, and also the symbolic, mystical resonances of the harp itself.
Throughout the festival, we will also be holding two big exhibitions, of harps ancient and modern. Our historical collection will be on display at the Conservatoire régional du Grand Nancy. It will not surprise you to hear that this features a particularly fine cross-section from the French harp-making traditions, with harps by Naderman, Cousineau, Challiot, Erard and Pleyel. And of course, you can discover the very best instruments from our ateliers today, in the biggest Camac exhibition we ever hold anywhere, also at the Conservatoire du Grand Nancy.
If you possess a Camac harp, our technicians will be in situ throughout the weekend ready and willing to service your harp, subject to reservation.
All events, and our harp regulations, are free, but please reserve your seats at the Conservatoire du Grand Nancy box office: +33 3 83 91 84 80. For harp regulation bookings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org/tel. +33 2 20 97 24 97.