To make sure everybody can benefit from the festival, several concerts will be held over the three days. These include educational concerts and events in retirement homes or handicapped care facilities. Harpes au Max will cover the entire Ancenis region, meaning that everybody can experience the event right on their doorsteps.

Educational concerts

Several educational concerts are scheduled for Friday 13 May at 10.00 at the IME Alexis Rocordeau in Loireauxence ( Varades), at 10.30 am for CE2, CM1, CM2 classes at the Préambule in Ligné and the Espace Culturel Paul Guimard in Saint-Mars-La-Jaille.

These concerts will be offered by the Dynamic harps ensemble (Wales), Cempaka and Penang Harps ensembles (Malaysia) and Tasmanian Harp Ensemble.

In addition to these concerts, some classes will join in workshops with a presenter from the Angers galerie sonore and a harpist, to discover the instrument, its history, variations in different cultures, but also how it works and the various existing “schools” and repertoires.

Master class and Workshops

Two workshops and a master class will be organised with three artists invited to the festival and will be the opportunity for amateur harpists or enthusiasts to perfect their practice or discover new techniques.

Two workshops will take place for around twenty amateur and student players on the themes of improvisation and Latin American rhythms. The public will be able to attend this rare moment of knowledge transmission.

Improvisation workshop with Deborah Henson-Conant
Saturday 14 May 2016, from 10 am to 12 pm, Quartier Libre Ancenis Theater

A Latin American rhythms workshop with Eduardo Betancourt, Leonard Jacome, Leonidas Rondon 
Saturday 14 May 2016 from 2.30-4.30 pm,  Quartier Libre Ancenis Theater

These workshops are open to the public


HARPES AU MAX will explore each and every string of the harp and invites you to attend a harp lesson with the festival’s patron, Marie-Claire JAMET

Classic harp master class with Marie-Claire Jamet

Saturday 14 May 2016 from 2.30-4.30 pm, Ancenis music school

This individual course is open to the public

Daytime concerts/ Concerts for specific audiences


The different ensembles invited (Dynamic Harps – Wales, Cempaka and Penang Harps Ensembles – Malaysia, Hexarpa-France, Harpo Mélusine – France, Tasmanian Harp Ensemble – Australia) will play in different locations in the region. This will be an opportunity to bring music to unusual places and bring a bit of sunshine into daily life through art and culture.

Events will be held at ESAT (vocational rehabilitation centre for disabled workers), in retirement homes and foster homes. Discover the full programme soon…