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Vive la France: pair set for benefit concert

Anne Robert playing at Verdmont

A charity promoting the French language and culture in Bermuda will be hosting a benefit concert of baroque music at the historic Verdmont.

The concert, organised by L’Alliance Française des Bermudes, will feature Anne Robert and Laure Morabito, is set to be dedicated to the late Edgar Humann Guilleminot, who passed away in March.

A long time Bermuda resident and philanthropist, Mr Humann served for a period as the Honarary French Counsel in Bermuda, and was a longstanding supporter of l’Alliance.

The concert will feature a musical parcour from 18th century Europe, including works by Handel, Bach and Corelli.

Both Ms Robert and Ms Morabito have performed in Bermuda in the past on the invitation of L’Alliance Française des Bermudes, while Ms Robert has also taken part in the Bermuda Festival.

“I had the pleasure to perform at Vermont a couple of years ago and I am very excited to be here again, in this unique and charming setting, an ideal set for music of this period,” Ms Robert said.

The event is hoped to raise funds for the group’s annual sponsorship of student trips to France, which gives Bermudian students an opportunity to both improve their French language skills and experience French cuisine and culture.

This year’s five winners of the concours annuel will travel to Cannes, on the French Riviera, to study for three weeks at the renowned Centre International d’Antibes.

In the past three years, l’Alliance has offered an additional three to four-day stay in Paris, at the end of their séjour, for the students to perfect and enjoy their knowledge of French “outside of the classroom”.

The concert is scheduled to take place at Verdmont in Smith’s at 8pm on May 29. Refreshments will be provided starting at 7.30pm, and a champagne reception will be held in the property’s gardens after the concert.

Tickets, priced at $65 for members of l’Alliance and $75 for non-members, are available online at www.bdatix.bm or at Pulp and Circumstance.