Château du Poujoula


Château du Poujoula


Les amis du poujoula
Association Déclarée À La Préfecture Du Lot Le 5 Juin 2014
No Rna W461002638
"Les Amis du Poujoula" is a non-profit cultural association under French law. Founded in 2014 following many years of private concerts, its vocation is to promote cultural activity in the Quercy Blanc region.
Although its primary focus is classical music, its statutes also allow it to promote other artistic fields. Depending on the financial means collected from its faithful patrons, it plans to organise between three and five exceptional concerts per year, to which master classes and thematic conferences may be added.
The concert hall, with a capacity of some 150 seats, is a former barn specially fitted out for chamber music. Its acoustics are unanimously acclaimed by the musicians and the public. Historically, the venue has welcomed young winners of international competitions as well as world-renowned musicians. All of them appreciate the green setting of the site and the intimate atmosphere of the concert hall, a combination conducive to artistic stimulation. Many of them choose to spend a few days at Poujoula
before recording the works in the studio or to perform in the most prestigious halls in the world. As part of the transformation of private concerts into a non-profit association, we also wanted to change the presentation of our programmes. We hope that we have made them more attractive to the public by adding more detailed illustrations and texts. What has not changed, however, is the cordial welcome we extend to all music lovers interested in our concerts at Poujoula.
Dear Friends of Poujoula, Dear music lovers,
The 2024 season will open on Friday July 5th when we shall be very happy to welcome back our much-revered Ukrainian violinist, Valeriy Sokolov who will be performing masterpieces with a few friends, including Aleksey Shadrin, the extraordinary cellist who has delighted us at Poujoula before.

Ever wishing to enthral you with new talent we are proud this summer to introduce you to Olga Zado, an exciting young Ukrainian pianist. Seen as 'a magician on the piano', Olga gave her first solo recitals and performances with orchestras at the early age of seven. Since then she has performed as a soloist at major European concert venues in Germany, France, Italy and Ukraine among others. Born in Odessa, Olga is passionately dedicated to chamber music and is the artistic director of the chamber music series "FinestClassics" in Mannheim, Germany. Her performances touch audiences and critics around the world and are described as 'emotional, dramatic and romantic'. Olga, known as a 'Steinway Artist' studied at the School of Stoliarsky in Odessa and then in Bern. She will be performing a solo recital for us on Sunday July 7th.
Between concerts 2 and 3, we shall be holding our Donors' Dinner on Friday August 2nd. This event is by invitation only and, as in years past, is limited by space and level of sponsorship attained (Patrons or Donors). The event begins with cocktails on the Poujoula terrace, followed by an honorary brief performance in the courtyard (weather permitting) followed by a celebratory dinner with musicians present. In this case it will be our treasured Goldmund Quartet who will perform for everyone on Sunday August 4th. After a short break, on Saturday August 17th, we are thrilled to welcome back the Argentine pianist Nelson Goerner who played so breathtakingly for us last year. As one of the world's greatest classical pianists, we are privileged to have him back at Poujoula a second time. Our final concert of the season is on Friday August 30th and features our returning and very welcome Pocket Sinfonia, the chamber music ensemble famous for interpreting orchestral masterpieces with clarity and intimacy.
Concerts 2024
All concerts will be followed by a Bavarian cocktail
  • FRIDAY JULY 5 AT 8:00 P.M.

    Valeriy Sokolov, violinAleksey Shadrin, cello - Olga Zado, piano - and friends

    Mendelssohn –Trio No1 in D minor Opus 49
    Schostakovich –Trio No2 in E minor Opus 67
    Beethoven – Trio Op 70 no 1 in D major - "Ghost"

  • SUNDAY JULY 7 AT 8:00 P.M.

    Olga Zado, Piano recital

    Lyatoschinsky – 5 Preludes Opus 44
    Schubert – Piano Sonata No22 in A major D959
    Schumann– Piano Sonata in F-sharp minor Opus 11


    Goldmund Quartet - Florian Schötz, 1st violin - Pinchas Adt, 2nd violin - Christoph Vandori, viola - Raphael Paratore, cello

    Haydn – String Quartet in D minor Opus 76 No2
    Borodin– String Quartet No2 in D major
    Mendelssohn - String Quartet No6 in F minor Opus 80

    Nelson Goerner - Piano recital

    Debussy – Images, L.110
    Schumann – Carnaval, Op.9
    Liszt – Ballade No.2 in B minor, S.171
    Liszt: Années de pèlerinage – Deuxième année: Italie, S.161: 5. Sonnet de Pétrarque N°104
    Liszt – Valse oubliée No.2 (S.215/2)
    Liszt – Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 in D-flat major, S.244

  • FRIDAY AUGUST 30 AT 7:30 P.M.

    Pocket Sinfonia - Rosie Bowker – flute, Eleanor Corr – violin, Thomas Isaac – cello, Emil Duncumb – piano/fortepiano

    Mozart – Piano Concerto No20 in D minor K466 (Transcription by J.N. Hummel)
    Beethoven – Symphony No3 in E flat major Opus 55 "Eroica" (Transcription by J.N. Hummel)

A reservation by phone or in writing is mandatory for our concerts.
The prices are as follows

Jo Kemmish
Phone: 09 71 32 35 97

Price per seat
40€ (young people, students, handicapped persons 25€)
only on reservation and prepayment
respectively 45€ and 30€ at the cash desk.
Subscription for the 5 concerts: 160€ (100€ youth & students)

Patronage contributes decisively to the realization of our concerts. The Association des Amis du Poujoula would like to pay tribute to its donors and patrons, and would like to thank them very warmly for their generous contributions. Without the commitment and passion of individual and corporate sponsors, we would not be able to attract musicians of international stature to Poujoula. If you were satisfied with the concerts, if they are close to your heart, think of our Association. Tell your friends about it. This is the best compliment you can give us. It is also the best way to continue the great adventure for the 2023 season.
These artists have honoured us over the past few years.
Alice Ader
Piotr Andeszewski
Kit Armstrong
Luisa Borac
Bruno Canino
Christoph Deluze
Emmanuel Despax
Evgeny Izotov
Nelson Goerner
Alexander Krichel
Olena Kushpler
Igor Levit
Cornelius Meister
Francesco Piemontesi
Duo Silver-Garburg
Yasuyo Yano

Clemens Trautmann
Fabrizio von Arx
Andrej Bielow
Giuliano Carmignola
Hawwijch Elders
Franziska Hoelscher
Martin Reimann
Valeriy Sokolov

Blythe Teh Engstroem
Nataliia Kubela
Bruno Pasquier
Dana Zemtsov

Sean Shibe
Adrian Brendel
Bruno Cocset
Pau Codina
Gary Hoffman
Renaud Malaury
David Pia
Aleksey Shadrin

Goldmund Quartett
Linos Trio
Le Piano Ambulant
Les Basses Réunies
Pocket Sinfonia
Stradivari Quartett
Szymanowski Quartett
Program brochures from the past few years
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Château du Poujoula
1113 Chemin du Poujoula
46170 Castelnau-Montratier

Association déclarée à La préfecture du Lot Le 5 Juin 2014,
No Rna W461002638

Head Office:
Chateau Du Poujoula
46170 Castelnau-Montratier-Saint-Alauzie

Dirk Ebeling

Jo Kemmish — 09 71 32 35 97
Treasury, Sponsors, Supporters, Partners:
Laurence Kemmish — 09 71 32 35 97

Payment in cash, cheque or bank transfer via
Crédit Agricole Nord Midi-Pyrénées

Account holder: Association Les Amis du Poujoula
Adress: Château du Poujoula, 46170 Castelnau-Montraitier-Saint-Alauzie
Bank Code: 11206
Guichet: 00087 N°
Account: 00313803651 Clé RIBB: 19
IBAN: FR76 1120 6000 8700 3138 0365 119

Please send cheques to::
Jo Kemmish
Le Causse
159 route de Lamolayrette
46170 Saint Paul Flaugnac
Les Amis du Poujoula