Discovering Baroque music in Sablé-sur-Sarthe

The Sablé-sur-Sarthe Baroque Music festival welcomed seven young people from the Sarthe Local Outreach Office on 28 and 29 August. A weekend of exchanges and discovery.

The young people from the Local Outreach Office arrived at the festival full of eagerness and curiosity. Aged between 18 and 24 years old, they discovered a world that most of them did not know, in particular through meeting young singers looking to turn professional. "Initially, this project was an idea put forward to the festival and less than a month later everything was in order. " said Anne-Sophie Muller, philanthropy delegate for the Western-region branch of the Foundation. "I wanted to bring together the Festival, that we sponsor, and the Local Outreach Office, that received help for its digital springboard project for young people." Isabelle Loiseau, Director of the Local Outreach Office therefore suggested the project to 7 beneficiaries (as part of the "youth guarantee", a national initiative for the least well-off).

2 full on days were scheduled by the festival’s team, with our help. On the programme: several work sessions. After an initial meeting where everyone presented their career plan, they took part in a workshop dedicated to their online reputation. "You have to find your identity, you can use models for inspiration but you must show your true self," indicated Cindy. Young people can also create this identity through arts, such as dance. They therefore took part in an introduction to expressive dance, led by Irène Gringer, from the Eventail dance troupe. A range of discoveries for these young people who had no knowledge of this universe. "What has stuck with me is that you have to work to learn and persevere," said Kevin after the final discussion of the day.

The young people at the BNF temporary exhibition, with the Director of the Sablé branch.
The young people at the BNF temporary exhibition, with the Director of the Sablé branch.
At the expressive dance workshop.
At the expressive dance workshop.


The festival was not only an occasion for these youngsters to work, but also to get to know culture in a broader sense, in particular Baroque music. After a guided visit of the BNF temporary exhibition at Sablé-sur-Sarthe castle, they met Philippe Jaroussky. Alongside the counter-tenor, they took part in a vocal academy singer’s singing lesson. Finally, at the end of the two days, they attended the performance of "La belle-mère amoureuse". A special moment for these young people, who were able to closely observe the mechanics of the event, as indicated by Marine: "I really enjoyed seeing how the reception and ticket office worked."

While these two days were full of discoveries, everyone left wanting to do more: "If we had more time, we could find a way to adapt how we work to each of the youngsters career plans, offer to guide them and help them discover the professions," added Marie, in charge of communications for the festival. A wish that may be granted at the 38th edition of the festival, next year.

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