The Ensemble Vocal de Bigorre was created in October 2013 and is made up of about thirty amateur singers from the Hautes Pyrénées and the Gers. It was conducted by Hélène Caulet until 2022. Antonio Guirao Valverde takes over direction from 2022
We rehearse at the Mairie in Tournay, where the Mayor kindly makes a room available for us. It is a central location for the choir members. We rehearse from 7.30 to 10.00 pm on Mondays every other week.
Our repertoire is mostly made up of Baroque and Contemporary sacred music, some pieces better known than others.
In 2016 we gave six concerts of our much appreciated programme of “Agnus Dei” from the 16th to the 20th Centuries. 5 of these were given in this department (65) and one in the Pyrénées Atlantiques (64).
Our project in 2017 was the “Magnificats” of Bach, Durante and Arvo Pärt. We organised three concerts with the help of the Henri Duparc Conservatoire in Tarbes, the Friends of the Colégialle at Ibos, the Conseil Départemental of the Hautes Pyrénées (Escales d’automne) and the town of Bagnères de Bigorre.
In 2018/19 we offered a programme of discovery of baroque and contemporary pieces from eight European countries.
In 2020 we worked on a programme primarily of Duruflé, including his Requiem.