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54e Festival
20 August - 30 August 2020

Guy Ramona


Festival Director from 1976 to 2002

In 1976, Guy Ramona took charge of the Festivaland gave a new impulse to the event, which soon grew to rank among the greatest musical events in France. The number of concerts wasgraduallyincreased: around forty today, with attendance reaching 25,000 spectators.

During the 1980s, the Festival focused on French music. At the same time, the repertoire broadenedto include sacred music, in keeping with the placesof worshipwhere the music was performed, but the Festivalis also one of the first and most fervent defenders of early and baroque music performed on period instruments. The search for the authenticity of interpretations, entrusted to the finestspecialists, is coupled with a desire to re-create forgotten works in a balanced programme includingmasterpieces of the repertoire.

In the 1990s, the Festival innovated further in itsconcerts with “spatialisation”, using the organ gallery, the rood screen, etc., in the production of church operas or oratorioswith staging or setting in space, without overlookinga regular record production and the re-publishingof some scoresrehabilitated by passionate musicologists, as well as contemporary creations.