We found and bought Brel in 2000. We fell in love with its wonderful views, its quirky architecture (part of the house dates back to the 17th century) and its peaceful position in the middle of one of the least populated departements in France - Tarn et Garonne.
It was only after the roof had been retiled, heating had been installed, plumbing and electrics replaced and landscaping under way that we turned our attention to the smallest of our barns. Would this be suitable for a little concert hall? Could we invite young musicians to come and stay and rehearse and work together? The seeds of an idea quickly grew and were shared with various musical friends and contacts resulting in our first residency in September 2011. Happily the acoustics in the renovated barn were fine. Music at Brel was started.
This website includes details of how the residencies work, the property and accommodation. Past and future residential groups are listed with their recital programmes and links to their websites. We will be adding recordings where possible and linking to social media so groups can share their current progress and future concert dates with us and each other.
For us, the experience of having a house full of music played by enthusiastic, talented and hard working young musicians is priceless.
Peter and Veronica Lofthouse
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