Toulouse is bestowed with one of the most resplendent collection of organs in Europe. This unique and historical heritage attracts organists and other musicians from the world over.
Toulouse’s collection is exceptional on several levels. It includes many differing periods worth of contrasting instruments, a distinguished example being the grand Cavaillé-Coll of Saint Sernin.
Its organs benefited from extensive restoration programme instigated Xavier Darasse in the 1970s. During the same period, instruments of high quality were built to complete the collection, notably the organ of the musée des Augustins, built in 1982 by German builder Jürgen Ahrend.
Music from all corners of the repertoire can be played in Toulouse; Frescobaldi and the 17th century Italians at the Chapelle Sainte-Anne, Bach and the northern baroque in the Église-musée des Augustins, Couperin and the French baroque and classical at the Église Saint-Pierre des Chartreux, and of course the great symphonic organ repertoire at Saint Sernin.
Basilica of Saint Sernin, Toulouse
Museum of “Les Augustins” Church, Toulouse
Basilica of Notre-Dame la Dalbade, Toulouse
Notre-Dame du Taur Church, Toulouse