The CMBV is launching a call to choir schools and youth choirs from France or abroad to participate in the recording of motets for a digital publication of two 17th century manuscripts.
In a project headed by Jean Duron, the CMBV is producing a digital publication of two key collections of French sacred music from the first half of the 17th century, namely the Deslauriers manuscript (293 works) and the Tours-168 manuscript (99 works). The latter collection was published in October 2021, see https://omeka.cmbv.fr.
Call for applications
From 2020 to 2022 the CMBV has launched a call for applications each year, inviting choir schools and youth choirs from France and abroad to join its music project. This third call applies to the school year 2022-2023.
Each year the three selected choir schools are coached in the repertoire for the duration of the school year. This includes:
Coaching of choirmasters, accompanists (continuo, etc.), voice coaches, etc. at the CMBV
Participation in a Jeudis musicaux concert at the Royal Chapel in Versailles (weekly performances by the CMBV choir Les Pages & les Chantres) ;
Professional recordings of 5-10 motets from the Tours / Deslauriers corpus, for possible inclusion in the CMBV’s digital publication of the manuscripts.
All applicants must include a children’s and a male voice choir (or be able to add male singers) and have a continuo accompanist. Applications must be completed online using the form below. They will be screened by a panel comprising the CMBV project team and two external (non applicant) choirmasters.
The application form must include the following:
- Motivation letter
- Description of choir
- Choirmaster’s c.v.
- French baroque music repertoire (list of works performed over the last three years at concerts or church)
- Recording of a motet or secular work composed in France in the 17th or 18th century
- Recording of a piece of 17th century music, from the following selection:
31st March 2022 - closing date for applications
First half of April 2022 - choir school shortlist announced
May 2022 – selected choir schools meet the CMBV project team
Autumn 2022 - training session at the CMBV for choirmasters and accompanists
School year 2022/2023 - performance at Jeudis musicaux concert & recording of motets