Jargeau Tour 2024

The Corsham Windband Association was invited to give a series of concerts in and around Corsham's twin town of Jargeau, near Orléans in France, during the February half-term holiday 2024. This was not the first time that the Corsham Windband Association had been to Jargeau of course. The former Corsham School Windband played at the original twinning ceremony in 1981 !

The CWA gave a series of 3 charity Saint Valentine's concerts in aid of a French Association which provides heart surgery for under priviledged children from other countries where surgery is not possible: Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque. The concerts were in Châteauneuf-sur-Loire, Jargeau and Orléans.

Joy and Celebration

The Corsham Windband Association visited Orléans and Jargeau (Corsham’s Twin Town) in the Loire Region of France during the half term break. Two features of the trip were highlighted by our hosts from the Jargeau Twinning Association – the sharing in our joy of music making and the celebration of partnership between the people of Corsham and Jargeau.  Whilst in the area the bands raised 1200 Euros for ‘Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque Enfants du Monde’ – a charity dedicated to funding surgery for children with heart problems.

The Corsham Windband Association plays at Saint Etienne's church in the centre of Jargeau.
Wednesday 14 February 2024.

The Corsham Windband Association perform at Saint Martial's church in Châteauneuf-sur-Loire.
Tuesday 13 February 2024.

Enthusiastic audiences

With the Mayors, Deputy Mayors of Jargeau and Châteauneuf sur Loire, members of the Jargeau Twinning Committee and an audience of local families in attendance, the band performed concerts in Jargeau, Chateauneuf and Orléans. Our musical repertoire was described as joyous and infectious, with standing ovations at each event.  Forty playing members, supported by parents and friends performed a selection of film music including Les Misérables, Pirates of the Caribbean, West Side Story, ending with the electrifying Pink Floyd Medley.  The Youth Concert Band Saxophone Choir debuted with a complex arrangement of ‘Top Cat’.

A great week of music, fund-raising and some free time!

The Association also visited the Châteaux of Chambord and Chamerolles, and took part in guided tours of Orléans (Joan of Arc history and more) on their first day in the region.

Great performances

Large audiences

Gifts for the Mayor of Jargeau

Handing over the money raised

Saxophone Ensemble

A group photo at Saint Pierre du Martroi Church, Orléans

Sight-seeing

We also had time to visit two of the local Loire Valley Châteaux and had guided tours of the centre of Orléans.

Château de Chambord

The old Town Hall in Orléans

A group photo outside Chambord Château

Inside Jargeau church

The perfume organ at Chamerolles Château

The statue of Joan of Arc, Orléans

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Jargeau Town Hall

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Orléans Youth Hostel

Schedule

11/02: Travel from Corsham to the Youth Hostel Orléans

12/02: Guided tours of the city of Orléans, with sectional practices and full band practice in the evening at the Youth Hostel.

13/02: Visit of the magnificient Château de Chambord.

14/02: Visit of the Château de Chamerolles in the morning. Visit of Jargeau in the afternoon and then a concert at Jargeau church in the evening with the La Rabollière choir.

15/02: Free time in Orléans in the morning. Practice and concert at Saint Pierre du Martroi church in the evening

16/02: Departure from Youth Hostel in Orléans and arrival back in Corsham in the evening.

Newspaper Articles

A total of five articles were published in the regional newspaper "La République du Centre" about Corsham Windband Association, Jargeau Twinning committee and the money raised during the concerts in favour of the association Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque.

16 Fébruary 2024

17 Fébruary 2024

22 February 2024

Jargeau is twinned with Corsham

Jargeau is a small town in the Loire Valley in France just East of Orléans in the "département" of the Loiret and about 130 kilometres south of Paris. It is located directly on the south banks of the Loire. It was twinned with Corsham in 1981.

The Corsham Windband Association was involved in the original twinning and has visited Jargeau several times over the last 42 years !

This article (in French) was published in the "République du Centre" newspaper on 4th April 1982 when two members of the Corsham School Windband (as the CWA was known at that time) presented a hand-made wooden shield to the Mayor of Jargeau M. Landré.

 

Newspaper article from La République du Centre in 1981.