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Albert Laurent was born in La Bassée in 1885 by a dad, Camille, already a composer and organist who introduced him to music. It is the symphony of César Franck that will awaken in him the desire to continue in the field of music. He entered the conservatory of Lille and then first prize of piano, he then initiated to the cello.

Then composed ... Compose much: piano sonatas, chamber music, sonatas for cello and piano, trio for violin cello and piano, lyrical tales, works for choir a capella, and for choir and orchestra etc.
He plays a lot in Armentières, in the Vosges where his father originates, but also in Paris, Salle Pleyel among others.

World War I broke out, his family had to leave, hunted by the Germans and found himself by chance in Abbeville. Temporarily at first, it settled there definitively. Camille became the organist of the churches of Saint Sepulcre and Saint Jacques. Later, Albert resumed the torch and also became the organist of Saint James. Albert settles in his house in rue Pasteur, at number 33. It does not stop him in his compositions, he also gives lectures and organizes a lot of concerts.

In October 1935, he became director of the Abbeville school of music at the request of Mayor Paul Delique, until October 1966. He continued to teach piano lessons ("Music and Western Thought") , Publishes collections of thought and poems.

He died in Abbeville on 4 January 1978.

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The Choir Albert Laurent

The choir Albert Laurent is a musical association created by himself in 1971, composed of forty amateur choristers divided into 4 desks: sopranes, alti, tenors and basses, whose repertoire is essentially classical but also able to adapt a few More contemporary titles.

Choir leaders in brief:

  • Anne-Marie Dupont: 1971-1975. She was first piano pupil of Albert Laurent in the 60s. She leaves Abbeville for Paris continue singing in particular with a professor of the opera of Paris. She now lives in Chambéry.
  • Hervé Niquet: 1975 - 1981. Conductor, harpsichordist specializing in Baroque music. Since 2013, he is the director of the Saint-Riquier festival.
  • Pascal Maupin: 1982 - 2007. Among other first prize of piano of the conservatory of Abbeville.
  • Ian Ward: 2008 to today. Trained at the Chaterhouse school with bassoon and singing, he went to Paris to sing in the choir of the Paris orchestra and founded a music school in Exeter. While continuing his studies of music at the University of the Center of England and the conservatory of Birmingham. Now in France, he conducts "Voix amies" in Hesdin (62), Choir Albert Laurent and "Lyriades 62" in Boulogne.

Creation date : 16/08/2017 22:34
Category : History - Personalities inhabitant of Abbeville
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by Mat 06/09/2017 23:53

Belle idée d'évoquer Albert Laurent qui fut mon professeur de piano lors de mon enfance. Homme sensible et très cultivé , il m'a donné le goût de cet instrument aux adjectifs innombrables ; chaleur, velouté, puissance, douceur, mélancolie, bonheur, rapidité, quiétude ....Souvent, je pense à cet homme qui, grâce à son talent de compositeur et interprète m'a donné l'envie d'exercer le métier d'accordeur, restaurateur de pianos ... Aussi, il m'avais composé quelques pièces pour piano que je joue toujours .Je souhaite à chacun, si il en a la possibilité et la curiosité, de rencontrer des  personnes comme Albert Laurent  qui a su partager  le goût de la musique  et évoquer la vie des hommes avec toutes leurs forces et leurs faiblesses .

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