at the site of the MUSIC MONDAYS in CAMARET-SUR-MER
Classical music at the end of the world!
Camaret-sur-mer, a charming small port city at the tip of the Crozon peninsula,
still bearing the traces of its glorious past as Europe's first lobster port,
is rightly renowned for its rich historical heritage (see:
and the incomparable charm of its maritime and coastal landscapes.
The fact is, however, that one of its assets, its geographical location "at the end of the world",
is also a serious economic and demographic handicap.
The launch of a Festival of classical and traditional music in this city ("Camaret-at-the-end-of-the-world")
was a huge challenge, and this for the simple reason that "end of the world" implies "small number of people".
Moreover, even if considering the predilection of many people for classical music,
among this "small number",
how many people are willing to pay 15 or (reduced rate) 12 € (it's not nothing, we know) to attend a classical music concert?
Without worrying about this "structural" handicap, it was in 1972 that the priest Lozachmeur, in order to highlight the brand new organ with 25 stops
- remarkable work of the Maison Renaud-Bouvet, Nantes -
which the parish church of St. Remy had just been endowed, began to organize classical concerts for organ with instrument. Based on these beginnings, it is Mrs. Ute MARTY,
the wife of the founder and former director of the Club Léo Lagrange de Camaret-sur-mer
(this is how Lundis Musicaux became the "cultural branch" of Club Léo Lagrange),
has created the Lundis Musicaux festival
(the Monday being, at the time, the only day when Camaret’s Cinema was off).
The first concerts – just because of the organ - were given at the paraoissial church of Saint-Rémy.
This parish church, designed by the architect Joseph Philippe, was built in 1928-1930 and consecrated in 1931 and is very interesting,
both in its general design and in its details,
for example the stained glass windows representing the famous Battle of Camaret in 1694 (https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bataille_de_Camaret).
However, by calling on other groups, namely vocal or instrumental ensembles
(chamber music), piano recitals, traditional music and others, the concerts were given more and more frequently
at Notre-Dame de Rocamadour ( "rock in the middle of the waters"), a religious building with exceptional attractions.
With its beautiful Logonna stone, its "decapitated" bell tower, its ex-votos suspended in the nave and other remarkable features,
this venerable Chapel (1610 - 1683), located on the "furrow" of the port of Camaret,
is the symbol of the maritime history of Camaret-sur-mer, reflecting an eventful past.
With a capacity of about 200 people, the Rocamadour Chapel is a concert venue with a very special,
intimate and enchanting atmosphere.
It is undoubtedly largely also thanks to this beautiful and welcoming Chapel,
a true mark of the image of Lundis Musicaux, that - as we can see with joy, pride and gratitude - despite its precarious financial situation,
our festival has become, in the 47 years of its existence, one of the emblematic cultural events of the summer,
both for Camaret and for the entire Crozon peninsula and beyond.
The emotion, enthusiasm and deep gratitude shown by many listeners at the end of the concerts are irrefutable proof of this.
Several factors explain this success.
Listeners have always come in sufficient numbers; it is essentially thanks to them that concerts can take place.
We sincerely thank them for their interest and loyalty.
Unfortunately, the days when our "concert halls" (Church or Chapel) were full seem to be over.
Grants and donations
The (so far) loyal subsidies from the municipality of Camaret-sur-mer,
the Regional Council and a number of patrons represent a very significant and even essential financial aid.
Our sincere thanks to all donors!
To what extent will we be able to count on this support in the coming years?
No one knows that. To our great regret, for this year (2019), the Departmental Council has already cancelled its subsidy,
granted in previous years.
The founder of the Lundis Musicaux festival, Ute MARTY, was the director of the festival until 1998,
on a completely voluntary basis,
and Evelyne NICOLAS, who succeeded her, did and does the same.
As Ute was, Evelyne is surrounded by a team of dedicated volunteer collaborators
who are faithfully involved in the organization and running of the festival:
Annie, Barbara (with Charlotte! !), Christophe, Françoise, Jacques, Roland, Yvette ! May they all be warmly thanked!
Artists (Last but not least)
It is obviously above all to the artists that we are obliged and grateful.
As we can imagine, the first and largest item in the budget of a music festival and,
even more so, a high-level festival, are the artists' fees.
The musicians we invite, even if not all of them have a great reputation yet,
are all real and excellent artists who could ask for fees that far exceed our possibilities.
We are very grateful to them for being satisfied with rather modest remuneration.
Since their creation the Lundis Musicaux have continued their journey.
This large small festival owes its undeniable success essentially to the talent and excellent level of the guest musicians
and a meticulous program.
Our objective remains to offer an eclectic program aimed at discerning music lovers
but also at those who are "simply" looking for quality entertainment for the evening.