Royaumont is a unique centre devoted to residencies and support for artists.
In 1936, Henry and Isabel Goüin had the visionary idea of using the Abbey and its buildings as a “residence for performers and intellectuals” and the refectory with its Cavaillé-Coll organ as the venue for the first Music Season.
After the Second World War, they turned the Abbey into an international cultural centre, an alternative to university institutions and in 1964, it became the first French cultural foundation with public interest status; since then the Foundation has continuously expanded its horizons.
Royaumont is a unique venue where public performances, reflect the centre’s activities: research on musicology and practice, rehearsal of new works and training workshops.
It focuses on the long-term creative process and supports artists in residence as they develop.
With its rich musical library, its organ and its fitted-out work spaces, Royaumont is an outstanding centre offering artists in residence an opportunity to experiment, create new works and transmit their achievements at the Abbey and outside its walls. The centre is focused on five arts programmes: voice and its on-stage performance, keyboards (organ, harpsichord, pianoforte and piano), contemporary music, transcultural music and choreographic research and composition. Royaumont’s secluded setting and residential facilities offer artists a unique place to study and experiment undisturbed.
More information at this address : http://www.royaumont.com/