The Macardles and France, a protracted historical past. Between Eire, England and Ségala.
Peter and Fiona Macardle, Irish, have been married in 1976. After admiring the illustration of the quilt of a disc by Gabriel Fauré, representing Najac, they arrive to spend their honeymoon in France: they make the journey from Cahors in Najac, are transported by the landscapes, the ambient conviviality, and as they each converse French, they promise to purchase a home in France in the future, to return and dwell there on the time of their retirement.
The years go by … In 2002, at random from a brand new journey to France, they see that a home is on the market on Castanet: the home is visited on Tuesday, the compromise signed on Thursday! In 2005, Fiona got here to dwell a very good a part of the yr in Aveyron, and spoke of a “rebirth of his life “. She has lived there year-round since 2012, one in every of their daughters married there.
Born within the south of Eire, in Waterford, to a household of musicians (her mom is a singer, her father a music trainer), Fiona is the oldest of seven kids, and the one one who has not turn into knowledgeable musician. Lastly that’s what she claims! As a result of from the age of 6, she sang in her father's choir, then carried out her first choir at 16, and sang in a number of choirs on the identical time (Catholic, Anglican, Renaissance, Grand Choir), earlier than being admitted to the Scola Cantorum of Oxford, which is the oldest chamber choir of the College of Oxford and probably the greatest recognized in the UK: 5 choirs which characterize 30 hours of singing per week!
First trainer of French and Italian in Studying, close to London, she then directs the choir of the seminary church in Durham, turns into director of liturgical music (she is the primary lay girl to be employed at this title!), and uncover throughout these 5 years of instructing on the seminary that everybody can sing and study to conduct a choir in a parish. Already a mom of three at the moment, she was additionally a composer, and revealed two collections for newbie pianists, one for studying to decipher, the opposite for studying the method, then composing duets for inexperienced persons and songs. jazz, revealed by Oxford College Press.
She then turned a music trainer in highschool, director of the curriculum, liable for research, new arrivals, interns … In 1991, a fourth little one got here to enlarge the household. Final place held in England, after resumption of his research: trainer of English as a international language, from 2006.
A choirmaster and trainer very concerned in Aveyron
As early as 2004, Fiona created the choir “The casseroles“ within the city of Castanet: from six choristers in unison firstly, she was in a position, because of overflowing vitality and exhausting work, to develop to thirty singers in 4 voices and has simply celebrated the 15th anniversary of the choir, with a program all the time as different, combining basic and selection!
In 2012, she created the microenterprise “On the language counter“, thus providing French English conversations on the cultural middle of Rieupeyroux, animating classes for kids below 7 years outdated within the framework of libraries, giving French classes to Aveyron English audio system…
If she has stopped operating language programs on the cultural middle because the demise of her husband Peter in 2018, as a result of it was a venture they have been main collectively, she at the moment teaches English weekly to younger folks from La Chabraque , instructional construction put in in Sever.
For six years, Fiona has needed to create a second choir, “Entr'Ailes“, reserved for feminine voices, extra demanding, 4 voices, with eclectic works from all centuries, mixing languages: she will thus give the complete measure of her expertise as an animator and knowledgeable musician, energizing her group for the '' to offer the most effective and providing the general public live shows of remarkable high quality.
“When folks applaud, once I see the shared pleasure, it's my greatest reward !“ In actual fact, the church of Castanet is crowded for every Casseroles live performance, and dependable listeners don’t hesitate to observe Fiona and her choristers in La Salvetat, in Théron, or so far as Lauzerte, in Quercy …
With an incredible ethical energy, all the time constructive, Fiona all the time knew the right way to overcome trials, and brings with pleasure and requirement all those that rub shoulders together with her within the wake of a dynamic which we will solely admire, which instructions respect . “Love, assist, that's all that issues“, concludes Fiona!