MUSIC AT AMBIALET is the third incarnation of the renowned piano summer school Music at Castelfranc (formerly Music at Ladevie), founded in 1991 by the pianist Paul Roberts and arts journalist Jenny Gilbert. Over the years they have maintained and developed their original vision: to nurture the highest standards of music-making in tranquil and idyllic surroundings, removed from the competitive urban pressures of school and conservatoire; to offer classes to amateur pianists as well as conservatoire students, so giving amateurs a level of teaching and performing they would not normally find.
It is the combination of amateur and aspiring professional, and the wide mix of ages, that bring to the summer school its unique musical and social ambience. Amateurs have the opportunity to hear in masterclass and concert fine young pianists intent on pursuing a career in music, while the students get to make contacts and friendships with their future public.
Binding the whole enterprise is a commitment to hospitality. The food, wine and service, as well as the music making, are memorable.
The magnificent Priory at Ambialet in the Tarn Valley is the summer school's new home. Over the years it has maintained and developed the original vision of its founders: to nurture the highest standards of music-making in idyllic surroundings...