My experience at Ambialet was truly unforgettable and re-energizing. The instruction, performances, the scenery, the people, and the FOOD was absolutely amazing. I gained so much insight with my studies and hope that I can revisit in the future.

Molly Roseman, Professor of Piano, University of Wisconsin

Thank you for an amazing experience in France. It is something that I will never forget.

Jack Westwell, Edinburgh University music student

What an extraordinary week we spent with you! It wasn't just the music. It was such a beautiful place, the food was perfect, and we met so many interesting people. But it was even more than that: there was such a wonderful atmosphere of warmth and friendship. It was a truly unique experience. Well actually I hope it doesn't turn out to have been a unique experience as both I and Andrew would love to come back next summer.

Annette Andrews, retired amateur pianist, Dublin

The last two courses were simply amazing ... the teachers, the atmosphere, the people, the place and of course the music make it something special. Seriously, thanks a lot for gifting me with an opportunity to live something like that.

Daniel Fernandez (19-year-old piano student at ESMUC, Barcelona)

Thank you so much for a fabulous, inspiring and utterly delicious week!  I really feel that I have come away ready to perform in front of an audience, which is what I set out to do.

Ginevra House (PhD student at York University, England)

 

Venue


La Bastide d’Albignac, Tarn, southwest France



La Bastide d’Albignac, near the historic city of Albi, is an ancient settlement midway between the small towns of Requista in the Aveyron and Villefranche d’Albigeois in the Tarn. Set in a remote valley among some 40 hectares of woodland and pasture, the present buildings date from around 1800. This part of France is the region of the Cathars, a heretical religious community of the 11th to 13th centuries who famously clashed with the Roman Catholic Church, and whose few remaining castles and settlements still draw visitors to the Southwest.

Albi is the home of the Toulouse Lautrec museum – the painter was born into an aristocratic family who owned land and property nearby. The Counts of Toulouse and the stern prelates of Albi ruled over this region for centuries. Albi has one of the most startling cathedrals of southern France, which still dominates the city and surrounding countryside just as it once asserted its domination over the Cathars.

Comparable present-day architecture and engineering is not far away at Millau. At the point where the Tarn valley widens, at the foot of the Massif Central, stands the towering Millau Viaduct. Designed by Norman Foster, and opened in 2004, it is the tallest road bridge in the world, with supporting pillars higher than the Eiffel tower.

Near Millau are the famous caves of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon where the unique Roquefort sheep’s cheese was first made, and still is. It is now produced throughout the Aveyron and parts of the Tarn, though only those cheeses ripening in the caves of are allowed to bear the name Roquefort.


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The Venue - Albignac

La Bastide d’Albignac, set within 40 glorious hectares of private woods and pasture in the Tarn department of Southwest France, offers a range of accommodation and a large swimming pool. Early booking is advised!