The Florilège Vocal de Tours has been chosen by the Région Centre-Val de Loire to take part to the celebration of the 500 years of Renaissance(s] in Centre-Val de Loire (Viva Leonardo Da Vinci 2019). In this franco-italian project that was developped with the Tuscany region, the Florilège Vocal de Tours will present several highlights about the music of the Renaissance:
- The Renaissance Program, optional part of the competition, where the choirs have to sing, within a repertoire composed between 1400 and 1600, a work written on Pierre de Ronsard’s poetry. This part of the competition is done with the help of Tours University, which provides the funding of the Renaissance Prize.
- During this program, the choirs will also have to sing a compulsory work which was comissionned in 2018 by the Florilège Vocal de Tours to the italian composer and choir director Lorenzo Donati (Mignonne, on a Pierre de Ronsard’s poetry, paying tribute to the Renaissance composer Guillaume Costeley). This work is published by La Sinfonie d’Orphée.
- “Open choirs” workshops, which are, as their name indicates, open to any kind of public. These workshops will allow the participants to discover the pleasure of singing polyphonic songs of the Renaissance, in the very center of Tours city.
- A round table will be organised for musicans and musicologists to discuss and allow the public to discover the wealth of the musical exchanges between France and Italy in the times of Leonardo Da Vinci.