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Provençal Festival of Youth Orchestras

This festival – now in its 14th year – has hosted 2500 musicians from all around the world (USA, UK, Ireland, Holland, Estonia, China, Taiwan, Germany, Norway, Brasil, Latvia, Denmark, Belgium, Portugal, Canada & Spain).  It stretches from Montpellier to Menton, taking in some of the most beautiful and iconic concert venues and tourist attractions in Provence and the Côte d’Azur (southern France).

The main Festival venue is the stunning Cathédrale de St SauveurAix-en-Provence (dating from 6th Century) and further venues include the natural setting of the Citadelle in yacht-sparkled Villefranche-sur-Mer, the historical Kiosque de Musique in the main square of Cannes, the spectacular 12th Century Basilica of Frigolet, Eglise Notre Dame in picturesque harbour town La Ciotat and Place de la République, Arles. The festival takes place end June-early August each year and can accommodate also choirs and bands in specially selected venues.

The area is renowned for its artistic heritage and jaw-dropping beauty, with opportunities for sight-seeing including beautiful sandy beaches, colourful markets, major historical cultural centres such as Avignon, Arles and Aix as well as the famous pont du Gard, Palais des Papes, Nice, Monaco and many more. Participating ensembles may extend their tour to include other parts of France, Spain or Italy, for example Paris and the north (Rouen/Amiens); Barcelona & Girona; northern Italy (lakes) or Tuscany.

The Festival can arrange accommodation according to budget for all participating ensembles. Please just contact us for further information and a quote and itinerary to suit your needs.


Aix-en-Provence Cathédrale Saint Sauveur

Tarascon Abbaye St-Michel de Frigolet

Arles Place de la République
, Theatre Antique
Bourg-St-Andéol Palais des Eveques

Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Collégiale Notre Dame des Anges 
La Tour d'Aigues, Le Chateau 
Grasse Cours Honoré Cresp
Cannes Kiosque de Musique
Villefranche-sur-mer La Citadelle
, Cour Volti
Géménos Théatre de la Verdure
Balaruc-les-Bains Théatre de la Verdure

Bagnols-sur-Ceze Théâtre
Antibes, Kiosque de Musique 

Previous participating orchestras: 

Haydn Jeugd Strijk Orkest, Holland
Puchheimer JugendKammerOrchester, Germany
Winterthur Youth Orchestra, Switzerland
Youth Orchestra of Bucks County, USA
National Youth Orchestra of Norway
San Francisco Chamber Singers, USA
Dusika Youth Orchestra, Denmark
Colegio Moderno, Portugal
Joven Orquesta de Leioa, Spain
Britten Jeugd Strijk Orkest, Holland
Scotland Camerata, UK
Nottingham Youth Orchestra, UK
Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra, UK
Bremen Jugend Sinfonie Orchester, Germany
Free Uni Amsterdam, Holland
Flevoland Jeugd Sinfonie Orkest, Holland
New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia, Canada
Jeugd Orkest Nederland, Holland
Kirklees Youth Orchestra, Ireland
Pro-Musica Chamber Orchestra, Spain
Goeppinger Youth Orchestra, Germany
Tallinn Youth Orchestra, Estonia
Riga Youth Orchestra, Latvia
Rotterdam Jeugd Sinfonie Orkest, Holland
St Margaret’s Choir, Australia
Welb Youth Orchestra, Ireland
Vuurvogel Jeugd Orkest, Holland
Orchestre Symphonique des Etudiants de Louvan-la-Neuve, Belgium
Basilea Youth Orchestra, Switzerland
West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra, Canada
Peninsula Youth Orchestra, USA
Jeugdorkest de Mittleres Rheintal, Germany
Fettes Prep School Choir, UK
Sound of Greenwich Youth Orchestra, China
Het Aalters Jeugdorkest, Belgium
Basingstoke Youth Orchestra, UK
Goeppinger Jeugdorkest, Germany
JSO Tulln, Austria
Taoyuan Jungli Youth Orchestra, Taiwan
Orchestre Quipassparla, Suisse
Gleneagles Concert Band, Ireland
Tallinn Music School Orchestra, Estonia 

Some Participants' Comments: 

Back from last concert in France. It was ridiculous. All I can say is people were crying, hats were in the air, and there was enough clapping to last a lifetime. Thank you France.
Youth Orchestra of Bucks County, USA

GOOSEBUMPS moments filled with pride in the incredible venue of Saint Saveur Cathedral, next to the yachts in the Villefranche-sur-Mer Citadelle, and facing the French Riviera in Menton.

This is a beautiful church.  A wonderful joint concert with the Belgian orchestra, with a great audience.  This was a great finish to the tour. West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra, Canada

Our European tour was wonderful! I want to thank you for all organizing and it was really great tour! Great concerts and audience, so warm people and lot of good words and beautiful venues, friendly and excellent! In St.Bourg Andeol, La Garde Freinet, Villefrance-sur-Mer, great! Very special was last concert in Menton at Menton 60th festival, the venue full of audience, standing ovations, beautiful sea-side, moon-shining, just wonderful and successful! Tallinn Youth Orchestra, Estonia

The concert tour of the Göppinger Jugendsinfonieorchester to the South of France was beautiful. The Provence Festival was wonderful for us. The participation in the Provence Festival was a great experience for our young musicians. Thank you very much for the excellent organization and for your efforts. Goeppinger JSO, Germany

I wanted to thank you warmly for organizing this wonderful festival! Our 10 days were filled with good emotions! The kids want to come next year for sure! The venues were absolutely fantastic there! The castles and the old towns…..We’d search them many more times. Tallinn Music School Orchestra, Estonia

Chère Tamsin,
La soirée DUSIKA a été un grand succès, nous avons eu beaucoup de monde (180 spectateurs) et les jeunes musiciens ont été tous très sympas et corrects. Le chef d'orchestre super. Le niveau de l'orchestre très très bon et nous avons eu beaucoups de félicitations.

Watch the Vuurvogel Youth Orchestra in Provence