L’Estudiantina Albigeoise, created in 1930, is a plectrum orchestra composed of mandolins, mandolas, guitars, string double bass and bass clarinet.
On May 21, 2022, its 50th gala concert entitled “Échos de Mandolines” will be given at the Théâtre des Lices. The concerts planned for 2020 and 2021 could not take place due to the Coronavirus epidemic.
To find its audience earlier, the Estudiantina has scheduled two concerts in 2021. The first, “Autumn Concert”, will be given on Saturday, November 13 at the Théâtre des Lices in Albi. The second, “Advent Concert”, will certainly take place on Sunday December 5, at 3 pm, in the church of a town near Albi.
Doors open this Wednesday
With around thirty musicians, the orchestra is constantly recruiting, preferably mandolinists. L’Estudiantina meets once a week, from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., as well as a few Saturdays throughout the year. For the training and development of candidate musicians for children or adults, a music school operates every week for learning or reinforcement in mandolin and mandola under the direction of a mandolinist teacher, soloist, trained in Toulouse.
An “Open House” day is organized this Wednesday, September 8, from 10 am to 4 pm for contact with the teacher and possible registration, at the rehearsal room at the Association’s headquarters, 29 rue du maréchal Asséna, Cantepau district in Albi. The orchestra can lend an instrument for learning.
On Saturday September 11, the Estudiantina will be present at the Fête des Associations in Albi in the Espace Culture, and those in charge will be able to give all the useful information.
After a few summer meetings to test the various programs of its concerts, the orchestra will return to school on Thursday, September 16, 2021. Gérard Jougla will ensure the preparation for each section and will lead the rehearsals. Raphaël Rein, conductor, will be in charge of the special rehearsals for tuning and conducting during the concerts.
The Association’s General Assembly will take place on Saturday October 16.