SPECIAL PROJECTS :: Choral Workshop with French Vocal Experts
Voice & Choir Master Class with French Experts
In February 2010, two French experts from the Conservatoire de Paris (Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de la ville de Paris, CRR), Florence Guignolet and Stéphane Werchowski, came to share their musical knowledge, to experience first-hand the rich and vibrant music scene in the country, and to explore potential tie-ups between Filipino and French music institutions and choirs. They also gave a master class to twelve college voice students.
Another result of this visit was the decision to launch a scholarship grant to France for promising Filipino voice students, funded by the French Embassy in collaboration with ‘le conservatoire de Paris’.
In 2008, the French conductor Michaël Cousteau came to the Philippines to give lectures, a masterclass and a concert with the PPO. During his stay in the Philippines, Cousteau attended a concert of the Philippine Madrigal Singers. During his visit in April 2009, Michael Cousteau was very enthusiastic about the quality and seriousness of the orchestra and choirs, and of the unexpected discovery of very high qualified choirs wherein the sense of community and the technical virtuosity are combined with the individual and qualified voices revealed in exceptional solos.
The Conservatoire de Paris and the two French experts are coming back in 2012 to organize another master class leading to a public performance, and to rekindle their dialogues with the music scene in Manila. Their main goal is to create a local Conservatoire in Manila to help professionalize this promising sector.
Since his last visit, Michaël Cousteau has been planning another tour in Southeast Asia to work especially with Filipino choirs and follow up the work he started with Filipino artists in 2008. He has regularly exchanged with the Alliance Française de Manille on this project since 2009.
The French Embassy and the Alliance Française of Manila will combine these two approaches to strengthen the work began in 2008 and 2011 and to organize a one-night event involving the students (who will sing solo from Gloria by Poulenc and other opera arias learnt during the master class), amateur chorales from Manila to perform Gloria by Poulenc, and the PPO lead by the French conductor.