What's on at Péchauzi

Singing Workshop - 25th May to 1st June 2019 and 26th October to 2nd November 2019

We are running a singing workshop ‘From Bach to Bernstein’ led by Marilyn Archer DSCM, renowned teacher, professional singer and recording artist, which includes:

 

  • A wide variety of music genres and styles from musical theatre, pop and jazz to a full range of classical repertoire.
  • Opportunities for participants to learn or perfect particular pieces or songs of their choice as well as singing as a group.
  • Group vocal warm-ups, relaxation exercises, and individual tuition on technique and interpretation of chosen songs.

 

As a professional singer, Marilyn has performed in operas, operettas and as a concert soloist in the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, as well as many other venues internationally. She has performed as Mable in Gilbert and Sullivan’s 'Pirates In Penzance', Tytania in Britten’s 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream', understudied as Lucia in 'Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor' and in Vaughan Williams’ 'Serenade to Music' on the Last Night of the Proms.

 

As a Recording Artist Marilyn has recorded numerous opera, solo recital and orchestral programmes for BBC Radio 2 and 3. This has included being featured as a guest soloist for Friday Night is Music Night for BBC Radio 2. She also recorded excerpts of Verdi’s La Traviata for the soundtrack of Inspector Morse for ITV.

 

Courses hope to include:

  • Transport to and from Gaillac train station, which links to Toulouse.
  • Home cooked French meals.
  • A day out in Albi (a Unesco World Heritage Site).
  • A meal out in the square in Castelnau de Montmiral (our local village).
  • ‘Dark Skies’ walk, spotting shooting stars and the milky way (we have ‘Dark Skies’ most evenings).
  • Guided walks in the countryside surrounding Péchauzi.

 

Places will be limited so best to book early.

Art Week - 14th to 21st September 2019

We are holding an art week run by Marilyn Hughes. Marilyn Hughes SBA is a contemporary Botanical Artist working in Oil Based Coloured Pencil and Graphite Pencils.

Marilyn's love of flowers and gardens, together with her flower arranging and floristry skills made possible the natural progression to Botanical Art. After using most mediums she found that oil based pencils with a mix of graphite was to be her chosen medium. Painting in Oils and Acrylic is also a firm favourite. With these three mediums she combines the vibrancy of colour and accuracy into pieces of work bringing them to life.

 

Marilyn has been teaching pencil for the past 30 years at venues such as Cirencester College, Bristol Botanical Gardens, Nature in Art, GACG Summer School and various clubs as well as running her own workshops. Her superbly finite detailed drawings have been admitted and exhibited nationwide.

 

Course hopes to include:

  • Transport to and from Gaillac train station, which links to Toulouse.
  • Home cooked French meals.
  • A day out in Albi (a Unesco World Heritage Site).
  • A meal out in the square in Castelnau de Montmiral (our local village).
  • ‘Dark Skies’ walk, spotting shooting stars and the milky way (we have ‘Dark Skies’ most evenings).
  • Guided walks in the countryside surrounding Péchauzi.

 

Please email to reserve a place.

Foodie weekends

There will be ‘Foodie’ weekends where guests can enjoy home-cooked regional specialities as well as classic French dishes with a twist. There will also be a cookery demonstration or two, especially of what I cook for the French markets eg. Canelés de Bordeaux, madeleines, pastelitos, croquants de Cordes etc. Plus wine tasting!

 

Dates to be confirmed.

Guided Walks/Wildlife Breaks

Jonathan will be taking guided walks around the local area, to highlight the variety of flora and fauna of this beautiful part of the world. We will also be offering wildlife breaks too so guests can immerse themselves in natural history including birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, entomology (lepidoptera, coleoptera etc), and botany etc. There will also be lots of opportunities for nature photography. Péchauzi also benefits from ‘Dark Skies’ so there’s a great opportunity to see starlit skies full of shooting stars, planets, milky ways and satellites etc …

 

Please email or phone to book.

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