After hosting Harmonie des Mineurs, we want to take Filarmónica de São Brás de Alportel to Roche la Molière in 2019. This is something all of the involved in Portugal and France are looking forward to.
The exchange between Roche la Molière and São Brás de Alportel has begun in 2015. It was the idea of Miguel Dias, an emigrant from São Brás de Alportel in France. He felt the desire to link his hometown and the town he now calls home - Roche la Molière. The two bands were challenged and the contact to reach that goal was initiated among the associations and municipalities. Small commissions from Filarmónica de São Brás de Alportel, Harmonie des Mineurs and Centre Musical Municipal de Roche la Molière participated in three musical and cultural exchanges. In 2018, happenned the fourth exchange when thirty musicians from Harmonie des Mineurs came to São Brás, in order to get to know our musical tradition and take part in Festa das Tochas Floridas. To complete this cicle of exchanges, we want to take Filarmónica de São Brás de Alportel to Roche la Molière in 2019, a so-long desire among everyone involved.
About the author
Banda Filarmónica de São Brás de Alportel emerged as a philharmonic band in 2006 and had its first performance in march 2007. Since then it evolved, grew and has been educating musicians (mostly youngsters) to strengthen the band. It performs and organizes concerts, educational activities in the fields of music, marches and processions in and outside the municipality. Besides the band, it mantains in action a music school with three tutors who teach wind and percussion instruments, it promotes the educational project "A Banda Vai à Escola", in a partnership with the city hall and the schools of the municipality. It also supports Young Melody, a group of young musicians from the band. Nowadays, it has 28 musicians from São Brás de Alportel, Faro, Loulé, Tavira, Olhão and Albufeira as well as foreigners who live in the Algarve.
Budget and due dates
The budget only comprises the flights, because acommodation and nourishment are responsability of Harmonie des Mineurs, in France. However, it must be taken into account it is a trip in peak season and is needed the transportation of large musical instruments, which make it more expensive. According to research in airline companies website, the budget of flights Faro-Lyon-Faro is an average 400 €/ passenger, being the whole amount more or less 14 thousand euros (for 35 musicians).
Date: 10 to 15 July 2019.
Where: Roche la Molière, Lyon, and Saint-Étienne.
Activities: celebration of the 14th of July, concerts, educational exchanges, rehearsals, cultural tours.
Program: concert on 11 July; concert with the two bands on 12 July; official cerimonies of 14 July. Cultural tours and rehearsals.