Discover a new festival: the Concerts d’automne in Tours

This brand new music festival from Tours is already taking its place on the festival scene, and is off to a strong start. The festival, launched a few days ago by Artistic Director Alessandro Di Profio, is boldly staking out its position in a region rich in history with a programme focused on early music. A highly unusual programme, a committed sponsor and extremely talented artists - success is assured!

The Diabolus in Musica ensemble rehearsing
The Diabolus in Musica ensemble rehearsing.


There’s nothing usual about scheduling a music festival in October. But that’s just what the Concerts d’automne festival is doing as it opens in Tours, a city which has been known for its early music scene for a number of years. We are the first partner to support the festival, which gives pride of place to several groups we are very familiar with: Doulce Mémoire and Diabolus in Musica, which we have supported in the past, and L’Arpeggiata, which delighted the audience at the Nuit de la Voix 2016. Marie-Françoise Sacré, the Foundation manager for the Centre region, was enchanted as soon as she started talking to the festival’s artistic director.

"I thought we couldn’t miss being a part of the creation of a festival with such a great reputation"

The Concerts d’Automne festival is surprising the public with original programming: flamenco and Spanish Renaissance music (Doulce Mémoire), Monteverdi and Jazz (La Venexiana), Bach and Vivaldi (Vivica Genaux and the Concerto Köln). For Alessandro di Profio, the essence of the festival lies in its juxtaposition of repertoires and its openness. That philosophy is incarnated by Nathalie Dessay, sponsor of the first edition of the festival.

"We wanted to showcase music that changes, that dares, that can’t be pigeon-holed"

Diabolus in Musica, which is performing at the festival, has been based in Tours since its creation 24 years ago. The group, which focuses in medieval music, has become increasingly well-known over the years and now has an international reputation. While the festival seeks to juxtapose different cultures, it also highlights local identities, giving pride of place to groups from the area. That’s important to Antoine Guerber, who leads Diabolus in Musica.

"Starting a festival with national, or even international, visibility is a real advantage for us."

The first edition of the Concerts d’Automne, which opened on 14 October, will close this weekend with a large-scale concert featuring L’Arpeggiata at the Grand Théâtre de Tours.

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