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Living France - - What's New - Glenys Alice El­lis Bolton, Lan­cashire

Our re­cent month’s stay in Brit­tany in­cluded 15 and 16 Septem­ber which are Journées du Pat­ri­moine in France. I had al­ready seen on the in­ter­net that St-Con­nec was hold­ing a brass band con­cert in the church on the Sun­day evening, and while post­ing it on Liv­ing France Face­book, I ar­ranged with the Mayor to re­serve seats.

In ad­di­tion, I sent an email to the con­duc­tor re­quest­ing an English com­po­si­tion be played if pos­si­ble, as we would be there on hol­i­day.

St-Con­nec is the neigh­bour­ing com­mune to Hé­mon­stoir where we used to live, and so, not only as brass en­thu­si­asts did we ea­gerly an­tic­i­pate the con­cert, but it also gave us the op­por­tu­nity to see old fa­mil­iar faces.

It was quite an event for the pop­u­la­tion of around 288 and the church was packed – the ladies in chic French fash­ion while some of the farm­ers wore their best blue over­alls.

The Brass Band Lori­ent Bre­tagne Sud is well-known for per­form­ing each year in the In­ter-Celtic Fes­ti­val held in Lori­ent, which is vis­ited by 700,000 peo­ple from all over the world.

The con­cert was most en­joy­able and did in­clude MacArthur Park, a firm favourite of ours! To­wards the end, I some­how grasped the trans­la­tion “Un air tra­di­tion­nel écos­sais joué a la fin de l’an­nee” nudged my hus­band and whis­pered “I bet this is Auld Lang Syne” and lo and be­hold, a lone piper en­tered through a side door play­ing the very tune, let­ting in all the evening sun­shine.

A per­fect end­ing, with a bit of Bri­tain in the mid­dle of the Bre­ton coun­try­side.

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