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Year 2003 (1)

The year 2003, for the Ensemble TRECANUM, was dominated by two great events : a journey to Poland in spring, and a musical tour on the ways of St-Jacob of Compostela in summer. Many other events were added : in France, in Germany and in Switzerland.

Januar 11. and 12. : Christmas concerts

Sarre-Union, at the St George's church, whose ghotic architecture dates from the end of Middle Ages ;
Colmar, at the very beautiful gothi collegial church of St Martin, located in the heart of the old Colmar

February 15. : Sélestat : in the romanic church of Ste Foy. It was the first concert of a cycle on the them of the Light.

April 30. at Neuwiller-lès-Saverne, in the old Collegial St Adelph from12th century, which faces in this Alsatian village with the abbey church St Pierre and St Paul, better known. This church was the heart of a prestigious benedictin abbey in the Middle Age.

From May 29 to June 1 : musical tour to Pologne, with 3 concerts :

at the church of Salmbach (Northern Alsace)

at Poznan, in the franciscan church, a splendid baroque building, located at the heart of the old city ;

at Warszawa, in the church Sw Marcina (St Martin), also in the heart of the old city, at some steps from the cathedral.

From 3 juillet to 9 août : "On the Compostela ways "

Saint Jacques
July 3. : concert at Strasbourg in the church of St Maurice ;

then from July 25. to August 9. : concerts and participation at masses in many important places of this prestigious route :

the abbey Ste Foy of Conques, extraordinary and prestigious unit where the romanic art reaches its perfection, which lets admire inter alia its famous tympanum.The concert took place in a full abbey church. Occupied today by the Prémontrés of Mondaye which ensures the reception of the pilgers, it is one of the most attended stages of the Compostela route : especially in summer, when there are several people.

Oloron-Sainte-Marie, at the cathedral St Mary (12th cent.) of this nice small town at the foot of the Pyrénées. It is a stage in one of the Compostela routes ;

Luzaide-ko (Valcarlos) : in this basque village located near the Col de Roncevaux, in the spanish Navarra : the Ensemble Trecanum sang the mass of the St Jacob's fest ;

Burgos, at the church of San Gil : a magnificent gothic sanctuary, one of the best examples of this style in the town.


It was unthinkable to leave Burgos without making a pilgrimage to the Monasterio Real de Las Huelgas : to attend the conventual mass, to sing some Gregorian parts for the cistercian sisters joined together in the room of the chapître like, of course, of the extracts of the famous manuscript of ... Las Huelgas, and finally to pay a complete guided tour of the abbey. That was an immense joy for the members of the Ensemble Trecanum.

Las Huelgas

Santiago de Compostela : the concert took place in the baroque church San Miguel dos Agros. The aim of the journey was reached at 27 July 27. And before continuing the tour, there was obviously no question of leaving Santiago without passing by the cathedral and the tomb of the apostle, nor to miss the mass of the pilgrims, which is one particularly moving moment.

Muros : a little extra to enlighted landscapes of the "Costa del muerte" (Galicia), with a concert at the colegiada Santa Maria before to return on the St. Jacob's ways and to traverse the main stages of that in the back sense.

Villafranca del Bierzo, at the St Jacob's church, a small romanic sanctuary with only one nave dating from the end of the 12th century. It has the effect of having a "door of the forgiveness", which, at the Middle Ages, allowed the exhausted pilgrims and incompetents to carry on their way until his term, to obtain the forgiveness and the same spiritual graces as to go until Compostela.


The town of Villafranca, located at the foot of the mountains separating the Province of León from Galicia, was repopulated at the 11th century by French people, in one moment when the pilgrimage attracted crowd of Christians of all Europe. They were probably monks of Cluny which planted the first vines of this area, in 13th century, and the writings of this time mention the vineyards "del Borgoñón"


Arcenillas, près de Zamora, ce qui constituait une étape à l'extérieur du "camino frances".