Dans les Jardins de William Christie 2021
The next edition of the Festival “Dans les Jardins de William Christie” will take place on August 21-28, 2021.
In tandem with his immense international career, Mr. Christie has devoted the last thirty years to another passion: the restoration of an abandoned late-sixteenth-century house in the village of Thiré, which is located in the canton of Sainte-Hermine in the Vendée region of western France. Around the house, William Christie has created an extraordinary garden which combines, in a very personal manner, references to the high points of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French and Italian garden design. Labeled a “Jardin Remarquable” in 2004, it was added to the French Supplementary List of Historic Monuments in 2006.
Launched in 2012, the festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie — Musical encounters in South Vendée — grew out of a common desire on the part of the Conseil général de la Vendée and of Mr. Christie himself to create an event that would unite music and gardens, bringing out all the splendor of his creation at Thiré and making it known to a wider public. For each edition, this annual event welcomes about 9 000 spectators who can attend over 100 performances (either promenades musicales or concerts).
For Mr. Christie, the creation of this garden and the resurrection of music from the past represent two facets of the same passion for the Baroque age.
Each year, bringing Baroque music to a wider public is a major focus of the Festival, with family and other activities programmed. These allow participants to become more familiar with the world of the Baroque in the enchanting setting of William Christie’s gardens, in the company of the artists.
Each afternoon, musical workshops offer young visitors and the adults accompanying them an unforgettable introduction to Baroque music. Both ludic and educational,these workshops, in which participants take an active part, will be led by the musicians themselves, under the direction of Sophie Daneman.
These workshops also take place in schools after the Festival is over, to encourage the discovery of Baroque music by schoolchildren of all ages.