In this 32nd edition, the show, The Irish Escape, presented the story of two children searching for their origins in medieval Ireland. Identity search…
In this 32nd edition, the show, The Irish Escape, presented the story of two children searching for their origins in medieval Ireland. A search for identity that reflects adolescence, explains Pierre Villens, author and author of the show, who is also a teacher at Navarreinx College and Bartho High School.
Opportunity to propose a different composition with a larger orchestra, about twenty musicians and an adult choir. Teens, white shirts and black pants, occupied their rank, and a 14-piece series of the original creation.
“Now I like to sing, I plan to continue in high school and would like to choose music”
Between excitement and tension
Tension prevailed, however, before the performance. The hour-long break between rehearsal and concert allowed the college students to eat a bit and get their clothes sorted. Some corners looked like hairdressing workshops. Outside, Elsa, Clementine, Alia, Alicia and Mylene are resting: Jazine Colleg allowed these sixth-graders from the Bois d’amour in Belair to get acquainted with Irish music. “The chorus takes a lot of time, but in the end it’s beautiful,” they explain. Because the show is the culmination of a year of work that kids are happy to show.
“Last year we did Cabrel. But with Covid, we just got filmed. There at Zenith, it’s a little more exciting, but also a little more stressful,” says Elia, a third-grader at Barrettos College in Arett. The chorus is in 5th place “just to see”, a real passion. “Now I love singing, I plan to continue in high school and would like to choose music. »
The choir also includes music lovers such as Julie, a soloist, who plays one of the Queen’s daughters. “I shook a little while singing at rehearsal, it’s so exhausting. Even if this isn’t my first time singing in public,” said the Fifth Immaculate Conception College’s young man. Matisse and Leo are also passionate, but much more relaxed, than the Les Évents Foundation in Rivehaute. These 3rd graders train once a week at Navarinx to be prepared. Finally, once every two weeks with Matisse, who shares his time with rugby.
Near them, a small batch of 6 from Jean-Moulin to Artix just doesn’t hold up. Children seek to locate their parents who are settling there. One slips “I, my mother, often wears a denim jacket.” Sometimes it’s relatives who are out of registering their child: “My mom was the one who wanted it,” says Mehdi. “I found it good. So, with Benjamin, they will continue next year.”
A few years ago, Benjamin was on the other side of the audience with his sister performing. This time, it’s his turn to step the planks. And the little ones understood the instructions well: “You must always watch the conductor of the train. Olivier Dominguine, professor of music education at Jeanne Dalbret, is the one who sets the rhythm of the polyphonic songs and directs the orchestra, which brings together the formation of Tutti Frutti, teachers and high school students from the conservatory.
Passed on the emotion
The event, in which 130 teachers participate, is organized by the Musiques en milieu scolaire des Pyrénées-Atlantiques (MMSPA) association formed by teachers of music education. “It is a passion that we pass on to them, and they give it back to us,” says Pierre Villens. »
In partnership with the directorate and local authorities, Jezzine College brings together about fifty institutions from across the department, or about 1,200 children. Two shows will also take place in the Basque Country, in Hasparin on June 10, in Biarritz on June 22. Lionel Berges, President of MMSPA and Project Director of Choir Meetings at the Pyrenees Atlantic, explains: “It’s a job that goes beyond music. .What was shown on the screen was also produced by the students. Jazz’in Collège will leave them with a sacred memory: for a certain number of children, it is likely That this was the only time in their lives that they would ever reach such a stage.