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Concerts été 2023

This summer, while the great organ of Chartres Cathedral is being rebuilt, we are delighted to announce that our 49th Festival and Soirées estivales will feature several instrumental and vocal ensembles.
We warmly invite you to join us, and enjoy an original and refined program of remarkable quality!
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience unforgettable musical moments!

Festival Sundays at 4:30 pm: July 9 to August 20 (https://www.orgues-chartres.org/festival-2023/).

Soirées Estivales Thursdays at 9:00 pm: July 13 and 20, and August 10 to 24 (https://www.orgues-chartres.org/soirees-estivales-2023/).

The program is now available on the website: download our flyer

Décès du facteur d’orgue Jean-Marc Cicchero

© P. Cicchero

Vendredi 17 mars le Maître facteur d’orgue Jean-Marc Cicchero nous a quittés. Il a longtemps entretenu les orgues de la cathédrale de Chartres, et effectué le relevage du grand orgue en 1996. C’était un plaisir de le retrouver durant les finales de nos concours, pour lesquels il assurait une veille technique. Au-delà d’un grand professionnel, passionné et passionnant, c’est aussi un ami qui disparaît. À son fils Philippe, à sa famille, nous adressons toutes nos condoléances.

Neveu des harmonistes Maurice Gobin et Charles Meslé, Jean-Marc Cicchero a fait ses débuts à l’âge de 14 ans sous la houlette de son oncle Maurice Gobin qui était harmoniste chez Gonzalez. Il effectua son apprentissage dans la Maison EA. Roethinger à Strasbourg et a travaillé de 1961 à 1977 pour la Maison Danion-Gonzalez en temps qu’harmoniste. Il crée sa propre entreprise en 1978 à Gentilly. Pendant une vingtaine d’années, il assure l’entretien de quelques 150 instruments, effectue des relevages et des restaurations comme les orgues des cathédrales de Nouméa et de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon. Président du GPFO (Groupement Professionnel des Facteurs d’Orgue français) pendant 14 ans, membre de la Commission des Monuments-Historiques pour les orgues, il est nommé Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres en 2017. Après avoir effectué une carrière remarquable, il a pris sa retraite en 2003.
Grand passionné de l’histoire de la facture d’orgue française, Jean-Marc Cicchero s’est alors consacré à la publication d’ouvrages valorisant l’histoire et le patrimoine que constitue la facture d’orgues française. Parmi les remarquables ouvrages qu’il a publiés aux éditions OBCD visuel, on peut citer les livres «Hommage à une Passion»(2018) et « Cavaillé-Coll, mode d’emploi » (2014).

Biographie extraite du site https://orguesdeparis.fr/

Information on the reconstruction of the great organ

Expected for many years, the reconstruction of the great organ of Chartres Cathedral began in mid-September 2022.

Owned by the State, the great organ of Chartres was at the end of its rope, and had been on a drip for years in order to maintain its religious and cultural activities.
The Association des grandes orgues de Chartres, and in particular its president Philippe Lefebvre, has been working hard for several decades to achieve this result, which is the result of an unprecedented effort by the State, which provides 75% of the financing, with the support of the local authorities (City of Chartres, Région Centre and Département d’Eure-et-Loir) and the assistance of the Chartres Sanctuary of the World Association.

Following a call for tenders launched in 2021 by the Direction des affaires culturelles du Centre, a jury composed of internationally renowned organists and qualified personalities selected the project presented by a group of three French organ builders who joined forces for this large-scale project: the Muhleisen organ builders in Strasbourg, the Atelier Chevron in Corrèze, and the harmonist Bertrand Cattiaux.

An operation in several stages:
– installation of the scaffolding,
– dismantling of the case and the organ in a few weeks,
– restoration of the organ case, classified as a historical monument, in the workshop,
– construction of the new organ in the organbuilders’ workshops,
– reassembly of the case and installation of the new instrumental part,
– harmonization of the pipes.

The project proposed by the group of companies consists of the construction of a large organ with four manuals and about fifty stops adapted to the historical case and to the acoustics of the cathedral. This project takes into account the different uses of the instrument: religious (more than 200 services per year with the organ) and cultural (concerts, international festival, summer evenings) and the Chartres International Organ Competition which has been welcoming young organists from all over the world for 50 years.

Following the proposals presented to the State by the Association des Grands Orgues de Chartres, the project aims to provide the cathedral with an instrument representative of the art of French organ building, offering musical possibilities for repertoires from different periods but also open to creation and improvisation.

The instrument will combine the age-old and proven techniques of organ building (mechanical transmission, use of traditional materials such as oak and tin) and will offer new possibilities thanks to the digital technologies that organ building has integrated for several years. Heritage and modernity: this is the challenge of this operation, which will be carried out under the supervision of the state-approved technical consultant Thierry Semenoux.

The reconstruction work began in September 2022 with the dismantling of the entire instrumental part and the restoration of the case.

The new instrument is expected to sound by the end of 2025.

Follow the progress of the work at the cathedral

Concours 2020 – postponed in 2026

2016-photo-buffet-chartresThe  27th international organ competition ‘Grand Prix de Chartres’, dedicated to improvisation ,is postponed to 2021, because of the international health news.

A new date will be announced later.

Concours 2020 – Improvisation

2016-photo-buffet-chartresThe next and 27th international organ competition ‘Grand Prix de Chartres’, will take place from August 27 to September 6, 2020.

It will be dedicated to improvisation.

The public finals will take place on Sunday, September 6 in the Notre-Dame de Chartres cathedral.

Concert en trio

Romain LELEU (trumpet), Ghislain LEROY (organ), Cécile PEYROL-LELEU (violin) – Saturday, May 25 at 9:00 pm in the cathedral of Chartres…

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