Orchestral Workshop - Aigle, Switzerland



Matthieu Mantanus, conductor

Stéphane Pecorini*, wind coach - Priscille Oehninger, strings coach

Our spring orchestral session takes place at the Aigle Castle. Four days of intensive work (divided between tutti and sectional rehearsals) await participants in the rooms of the splendid medieval castle, surrounded by the Swiss Alps and vineyards, to prepare our Sunday afternoon final concert.

Aigle is a small town of the Rhône river valley boasting good wine, a medieval area with a splendid 12th-century castle that hosts the Museum of vine, wine and labels. Located 20km from Montreux and beautiful Lake Geneva, 40km from Lausanne and 100km from Geneva (and its airport), Aigle is well connected by train and by the N9 highway (exit Aigle). The train station is a 15 minutes' walk from the castle where the workshop will take place.

Participants sleeping in Aigle can meet freely for a dinner, a drink or self-organised chambre music at night. We are planning a concert for one of the evenings either.

🚨 The local applicable covid rules will be enforced. We will communicate the details two weeks before the workshop according to the current situation.


Workshop duration:

4 days, from March the 31st (2PM) to April 3rd at 5.30 PM (after the concert)


2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bs - 4 horns, 2 tp - harp - timpani - strings

Music program:

Edvard Grieg, Two Nordic Melodies for the String Orchestra Op.63 (listen on YouTube)


Richard Strauss, Suite for winds op.4 (2 mouvements) (listen on YouTube)


Gabriel Fauré, Suite de Pelléas et Mélisande op. 80 (listen YouTube)


320 CHF (workshop)

Lunch on-site (15 CHF/meal - hot meal served directly on-site )


Registration deadline:


Positions are still available for strings, 1 bassoon, 1 trumpet, horns and timpani.

*Stéphane Pecorini is professor of wind ensemble's conducting at Lausanne's Haute Ecole de Musique and Conservatory and conductor of the Aigle's Fanfare.