Dear singers and instrumentalists coming on pilgrimage to Lourdes this year. You are all invited to include playing for Masses and other services in Lourdes, including parties, as part of your service to the pilgrimage.
Music does play an integral part of the pilgrimage and is one of the memories pilgrims take home with them. We have a small music team who work on the logistics of setting up for services and having all the music needed, but we rely on pilgrims to make the sounds. Thus we know players and singers are going to arrive at the last minute with their hotel or Accueil team and will settle a pilgrim they have been assisting before coming over to join us. We will have your music ready for you and can even transport your instrument to and from the venues.
We have a practice day before we go to Lourdes to give you a flavour of the type of music we have for this year. We try to have music to suit a wide range of ability of instrumentalists and in the keys needed for transposing instruments such as trumpets, horns, viola, etc. It is helpful if you can let us know your instrument and ability before we go so we can prepare music for you.
During the week in Lourdes we will also have a music concert and you are invited to bring some music, with accompaniment, and we would be delighted for you to take part in what is always a lovely concert of instrumental and sung music. We are fortunate to have some talented pianists who will be happy to play your accompaniment for you so do remember the piano music when packing! In 2018, the concert will be on Tuesday morning from 11am in the Chapelle Notre Dame. There will be a map in your handbook to help find the venue. Let us know in Lourdes if you would like to take part.
Everyday we have a music practice for the following day on the Mezzanine in the Hotel St Sauveur. Each day, except Monday, from 5-6. On Monday it will be after the Blessed Sacrament procession. Not everyone will be able to come to every or any practices, it is not a requirement, just an opportunity to help those who like to have a look through beforehand. Just turn up and play or sing suits us on the music team. We also welcome singers and instrumentalists from the Red Shirts Group.
Details for the Practice before the Pilgrimage have yet to be finalised.