In Amboise, the Saint-Denis collegiate church celebrates its organ with a series of concerts

In Amboise, the Saint-Denis collegiate church celebrates its organ with a series of concerts
In Amboise, the Saint-Denis collegiate church celebrates its organ with a series of concerts

Because it was in poor condition, the organ of the Saint-Denis collegiate church was the subject of a special type of care in 2023. The magnificent instrument underwent a “lifting” which consists of thoroughly cleaning the 1,871 organ pipes. “The organ of the Saint-Denis collegiate church in Amboise is back in great shape after a major cleaning! “, rejoices with legitimate pride Pierre de Kergommeaux, holder of the instrument for fifty years.

Cleaning the organs is meticulous work to the extent that it is absolutely necessary to identify the location of each of the 1,871 pipes. The cleaning procedure concerns them all, from the smallest to the largest, metal pipes as well as wooden pipes used for basses.

The opportunity for the Renaissance des orgues d’Amboise association to celebrate throughout the year and offer an exceptional series of concerts with renowned organists on the podium.

At the first meeting, Friday May 10, 2024 at 11 a.m., as part of the International Organ Weekend, the public is invited to a market concert.

Mostly free concerts

Guest is the right word because almost all concerts are free. On the podium that day, three organists: Michel Ragon, Bernard Flez and Pierre de Kergommeaux with works ranging from Buxtehude to Thierry Escaich, from Nicolas de Grigny to Olivier Messiaen, without forgetting of course Bach.

Program

> Sunday July 14 at 4 p.m.: Agnès Matry, organist in Clamart, Hauts-de-Seine (free entry).

> Sunday August 18 at 4 p.m.: Cécile Colin-Paris, organist at the cathedral of Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine (free entry).

> Sunday September 22 at 6 p.m.: Pierre de Kergommeaux (free entry).

> Sunday November 3 at 4 p.m.: trumpet and organ concert by Frédéric Mellardi, solo trumpet of the Orchester de Paris and Christophe Mantoux, joint organist of Saint-Séverin and professor at the Pôle Supérieure in Paris (€15 and €10).

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