Happy anniversary La Folia!

It is with great pleasure that we prepare in 2020 to celebrate the 20th edition of our festival of early music. Year for year over the extended Whitsunday weekends for already twenty years the ancient arches of the sublime Saint Nicolas Church in Rougemont have served as the magnificent backdrop for concerts featuring some of the world’s best Baroque musicians. For twenty years we have been gathering in the picturesque idyll of Rougemont to discover and savor beautiful music written by well-known and less well-known composers performed by outstanding musicians on historical instruments. For twenty years the festival has blossomed and grown to become one of the pillars of musical culture in French-speaking Switzerland without having lost any of its authenticity or fresh spirit. 

In order to celebrate our anniversary suitably we have prepared a number of surprises for you – smaller as well as larger ones representative of the character and atmosphere for which La Folia is known – beginning with a Festival programme filled with surprises and great promise:

The festival opens a day earlier than usual on Wednesday 27 May with a special preamble featuring the ensemble Chiome d’Oro, a regular guest at the festival, performing a humorous concert with a charitable design: it has been organized in collaboration with the Lions Club Pays-d’Enhaut and the benefits will go to the association Pro-XY, which specializes in providing support to caregivers in French-speaking Switzerland. The official overture to the festival follows on 28 May with La Simphonie du Marais and Hugo Reyne performing as a trio to tell the story of the wanderings of a Jewish musician from Jerusalem to New York; a concert that promises to be rewarding and entertaining. We will continue the celebration on Friday 29 May with the celebrated ensemble Le Poème Harmonique performing a programme of Spanish dance music. On Saturday 30 May a quick tour of Europe is planned: we begin by passing through England and France with harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss in the company of viol players Laurence Dreyfus and Heidi Gröger. This will be followed by a sojourn to Italy featuring sacred music by Monteverdi and Gabrieli in a monumental concert performed by the 18 musicians of Le Banquet Céleste. On Sunday we will be swept away by the pure sonorities of the sublime young violinist Alice Julien-Laferrière accompanied by the basso continuo ensemble Ground Floor. This special anniversary edition of the festival will close on Monday 1 June with two sets of fireworks! Bertrand Cuiller, a musician especially dear to the festival and our president’s heart, will perform a recital on the virginal, an instrument rarely heard today. The festival will close with a grand finale, the 18 singers of the ensemble Aedes will fill the church in Rougemont with an amazing programme highlighting the bond between the choral music of Henry Purcell and that of his much later compatriot Benjamin Britten. 

We are sure to laugh and cry, a festival treat for the eyes and above all for the ears, another year that is guaranteed to be unforgettable!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our patrons, sponsors, partners, friends, benefactors and you, our faithful audiences. Without you “La Folia” simply would not exist!

Tickets available at the entrance only -
concert without subscription.


Wednesday 20 may 2021 – 8 pm

« Délire des lyres »

Un quatuor à deux


Marco HORVAT baryton-basse, théorbe, lira, guitare baroque 
Francisco MAÑALICH ténor, basse de viole, guitare baroque  


Friday 21 May 2021 - 7.30 pm

« DANZA! »


Isabelle DRUET mezzo-soprano 
Fiona-Emilie POUPARD violon 
Lucas PERES basse de viole 
Thomas de PIERREFEU violon 
Pere OLIVÉ percussions 
Vincent DUMESTRE guitare et direction

Œuvres de Martin y Coll, de Briceño, Calderón de la Barca, etc.

Au son de la guitare et des percussions, la mezzo-soprano Brenda Poupard chante les musiques espagnoles du Paris baroque. Passions sanguines, âpres complaintes et harangues endiablées prennent vie sur des rythmes de danse, rappelant la place de l’Espagne dans les ballets de cour sous Louis XIV, et l’engouement français pour la fièvre ibérique.



Saturday 22 May 2021 – 11 am


« Pescodd Time »

Musique anglaise de l'époque élisabéthaine

Bertrand CUILLER virginal

Œuvres de Bull, Aston, Byrd, Philipps…


Saturday 22 May 2021 – 7.30 pm

« Lieder »
Harmonische Freude, musicalischer Freunde d’Erlebach


Damien GUILLON contreténor et direction 
et 6 instrumentistes

Lieder extraits des Harmonische Freude musikalischer Freunde et sonates en trio de Philipp Heinrich Erlebach  


Sunday 23 May 2021 – 7.30 pm

« Il Genio Inglese »


violoncelle et direction 
Angélique MAUILLON 
Pierre GALLON 
Angélique Mauillon harpe

Œuvres de Mattéis, Schop, Dowland, Purcell, Baltzar, Brade


Monday 24 May 2021 – 11 am

« A Fancie »

…et quelques idées heureuses…

Kenneth WEISS clavecin
Laurence DREYFUS viole de gambe
Heidi GRÖGER viole de gambe

Musique pour violes de gambe et clavecin en France et en Angleterre au temps de Louis XIV : Œuvres de Couperin, Heudeline, Simpson, Gibbons, Hume, Locke...

Monday 24 May 2021 – 4 pm

« Capriccio d’Amore »

L’amour en tranches fines…


Capucine KELLER soprano 
Renaud DELAIGUE basse 
Cecilia KNUDTSEN viole de gambe
Pierre-Louis RETAT  clavecin, orgue et direction  


Œuvres de Fontei, Cavalli, Monteverdi, Legrenzi, Pergolesi, Sartorio, Scarlatti, Frescobaldi, Guglielmi, Sances, Caldara, Donati…


You can either order tickets online or contact us directly.


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Office du Tourisme
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