500 children vote for Jazz’in College

For this 32nd edition, the show titled “The Irish Fugue” presented the story of two children in search of their origins in medieval Ireland. A search for identity …

For this 32nd edition, the show titled “The Irish Fugue” presented the story of two children in search of their origins in medieval Ireland. A search for identity that reflects adolescence, explains Pierre Feillens, author-composer of the show, also a teacher at Navarrenx college and Barthou high school.


Students from about 50 institutions participate in the Jazz’in Collège.

Patrice Martins de Barros

Opportunity to suggest a different configuration with a larger orchestra, about twenty musicians and a choir of adults. The teenagers, white shirts and black pants, kept their rank and chained the 14 pieces of the original creation.

“Now I love to sing, I plan to continue in high school and I want to take a music opportunity”

Between tension and stress

However, the nervousness prevailed before the performance. The one-hour break between rehearsal and the concert gave college students the opportunity to eat a little and arrange their outfits. Some corners looked like hairdressing salons. Outside rest Elsa, Clémentine, Alia, Alicia and Mylène: Jazz’in Collège has given these 6th graders from the Bois d’amour establishment in Billère the opportunity to get to know Irish music. “The choir takes a lot of time, but in the end it’s beautiful,” they explain. For the performance is the culmination of a year of work, which the children are happy to show.

More than 2,000 people attended the show at.  16.00, mainly relatives of the children.


More than 2,000 people attended the show at. 16.00, mainly relatives of the children.

Patrice Martins de Barros

“Last year we made Cabrel. But with Covid we were just filmed. There at Zenith it’s more exciting, but it’s also a little more pressure,” says Eléa, in 3rd grade at Barétous college, in Arette. The schoolgirl who started the choir in 5. “just to see”, discovered a real passion. “Now I love to sing, I plan to continue in high school and I want to take a musical.”

The choir also includes music fans such as Julie, soloist, who plays one of the Queen’s daughters. “I was shaking a little while singing in the rehearsal, it’s very stressful. Even though this is not the first time I have sung in public, ”says the young 5th from the College of the Immaculate Conception. Also passionate, but more relaxed, Mathis and Léo, from the Les Évents institution in Rivehaute. These 3rd graders practiced once a week in the Navarrenx to be ready. Eventually every other week for Mathis, who shares his time with rugby.

On a trip

Near them, a small group of 6 from Jean-Moulin to Artix does not hold in place. The children are looking to find their parents who are settling down. “Me, my mother, she often dresses in a denim jacket,” slips one of them. It is sometimes relatives who are behind the registration of their child: “It was my mother who wanted to,” says Mehdi. I liked it. So with Benjamin, the next few years continue.

The orchestra included teachers and high school students.


The orchestra included teachers and high school students.

Patrice Martins de Barros

A few years ago, Benjamin, on the other hand, was in the audience when his sister performed. This time it’s his turn to step on the boards. And the little ones understood the instructions well: “You must always keep an eye on the conductor. It is Olivier Domengine, professor of musical education at Jeanne-d’Albret, who sets the tempo in the polyphonic songs and guides the orchestra, which combines the Tutti Frutti formation, teachers and high school students from the Conservatory.

Pass on passion

The event, which involves 130 teachers, is organized by the association Musiques en milieu scolaire des Pyrénées-Atlantiques (MMSPA) formed by music education teachers. “It is a passion we pass on to them,” says Pierre Feillens, and they give it back to us. »

In collaboration with the rectorate and the local authorities, Jazz’in Collège thus brings together about 50 institutions from the entire department or about 1,200 children. Two performances will also take place in the Basque Country, in Hasparren on 10 June, in Biarritz on 22 June. “It’s a job that goes beyond music,” explains Lionel Bergez, president of MMSPA and project manager for choir meetings in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques. What is projected on screen is also produced by the students. Jazz’in Collège will leave them with a sacred memory: For a certain number of children, it will probably be the only time in their lives that they go up on such a stage.

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