The Festival de Músicas Contemplativas begins today in Santiago de Compostela with a first concert by French organist Bernat Bailbé.
Born in Thuir (Rosellón, France), his interest in music was aroused by listening to the parish organ. He began studying music in the same town, continuing thereafter in the conservatories of Perpignan and Tolouse, piano with Michel PEUS (a student of A. Cortot), organ with Xavier Parasse and Willem Jansen, harpsichord with the latter. From 1977 to 1980 he studied with Montserrat Torrent.
He also regularly continued with courses imparted by maestros of varied traditions. He has performed frequently in concerts in France and Spain, as a soloist and with other groups and instrumentalists or singers. In 1978 he was appointed as San Felipe Neri's organist in Barcelona, a position he still holds, presenting an ever-changing repertoire of more than 600 composers from the Middle Ages to our time. He is a founding member of the Catalonian Organ Association.
The programme is conceived to illustrate two aspects of the Holy Week: death and resurrection (internalisation and brightness). The Spanish repertoire has no specific pieces for this occasion since the organ was not played during Lent and Easter texts are not used to designate 'Tientos.' These were played during the offertory and 'Tientos de falsas' during the elevation. We have to turn to Germany and England (and France to a lesser extent) for organ pieces composed for this liturgical moment. The Pange Lingua is for the feast of the Holy Sacrament, although it is also used at the end of the Holy Thursday ceremony.
Like the 5th of every month, the Municipality of Touro holds its local market, but on this occasion it is devoted especially to the Carnival Festival. A parade featuring the traditional “Xenerais da Ulla” and carnival groups with the festival’s most representative elements.
Declared a Festival of National Tourist Interest, the Stew Festival is a tribute to one of the outstanding dishes of Galician gastronomy. It is held on the Sunday before the Carnival festival and with the passing of the years, it has become one of the main gastronomy festivals in Galicia and even in the Iberian Peninsula. It began in 1968, with the objective of exalting and promoting the town of Lalín as a point of reference in the production of quality meat and excellent farm products.
An event declared a Festival of Galician Tourist Interest that receives an important number of visitors from all over Galicia every year. This festival was one of the first “filloa” (crepe) festivals held in Galicia, being centred on an exclusively Galician product, just like other traditional products accompanying it (honey, chorizo…), although there are similar desserts in other regions and countries. In view of its age, we can determine that it originated as a genuine promotion of this characteristic Entroido (Galician Carnival) product.