In 2015, the Total Foundation has supported educational programmes at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, together with one of this year's major productions, The Monster in the Maze. The opera, created in collaboration with the London Symphony Orchestra, brought together local children's, young people's and adult choirs, singers from the Académie du Festival d'Aix and musicians from the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra.
Educating children about art
Convinced that access to culture from a young age is key to self-confidence and respect for others, the Total Foundation supports numerous initiatives that foster artistic and cultural education for children and young people. These projects are rooted in long-term partnerships with the Opéra national de Paris, the Opéra Comique and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence established since 2008, which reach almost 4,000 children every year.
Total's corporate patronage department also supports the educational and cultural actions of the Opéra de Lyon, the Orchestre de Pau and some 60 non-profit organizations in the framework of the French government's "Priorité jeunesse" youth development program, aimed at facilitating access to culture and artistic activities for children. Altogether, these programs serve almost 75,000 children from 25 regions in Metropolitan and Overseas France.
The Total Foundation, a French corporate foundation open to the world
Created in 1992, the Total Foundation is active in four areas: culture and heritage, community support, health and marine biodiversity. In all its fields of activity, the Total Foundation emphasizes long-term partnerships. It aims not just to provide financial support, but also to share and strengthen expertise to broaden collective knowledge.
Through its cultural initiatives, the Total Foundation, a recognized patron of the arts, aims to raise the visibility of world cultures and share beauty and meaning with the broadest possible audience, with particular emphasis on children and young people.
HSBC LAUREATES OF THE ACADÉMIE DU FESTIVAL D'AIX
Committed to sponsoring talented young performers, HSBC France joins forces with the Académie du Festival d'Aix to support every year a new group of laureates. Every year since 2006, the Festival's artistic direction selects a new set of singers, pianists, voice coaches and chamber music ensembles. HSBC France supports these young artists, the HSBC Laureates, chosen among the Académie's most promising young performers, enabling them to further the experience acquired at the Académie by taking part in recitals and concerts in France and abroad.
In the field of education, the Fondation HSBC pour l'Éducation was created at the end of 2005 under the aegis of the Fondation de France. Every year, the bank commits to supporting initiatives aimed at using culture to facilitate access to education for young people from underprivileged communities. The Foundation's Executive Committee is firmly convinced that culture can help young people broaden their horizons, develop their personality and give them a taste for learning.
Furthermore, in 1995, HSBC France created the Prix HSBC pour la Photographie, which every year supports two talented young photographers by exhibiting their works in France and abroad and publishing a monograph.
The Orange Foundation has been a faithful partner to the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence since 1999.
It supported the creation and development of the Académie du Festival d'Aix dedicated to the professional development of young singers and has subsequently supported educational and socio-artistic initiatives. Since 2014, it has chosen to support live recording and broadcasting of opera productions in several cities and venues in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region, thereby promoting broader access to opera.
This partnership is an integral part of the corporate patronage action of the Orange Foundation, which has been contributing to promotion of vocal music since 1987 by supporting voice ensembles and groups, festivals and opera houses engaged in initiatives to build awareness of musical creation among new audiences.
Anna Stéphany (mezzo-soprano) — 2006 HSBC Laureate
Labyrinth Ensemble Hanna Weinmeister (violin) | Anahit Kurtikyan (violin) | Sebastian Eyb (viola) | Benjamin Nyffenegger (cello) | Pamela Stahel (flute) | Robert Pickup (clarinet) | Clément Noël (oboe) | Julie Palloc (harp) | Hans-Peter Achberger (percussion) | Sergi Sempere (percussion)
Anna Stéphany and the Labyrinth Ensemble take us on a trip to Auvergne, Sicily, Armenia and Azerbaijan thanks to Luciano Berio's Folk Songs, in Andalusia with the Psyche's Falla on a poem by Georges-Jean Aubry, and in the world of Jules Renard with the Natural Histories composed by Ravel.
Released in January 2018
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"Classical album of the week" by The Guardian, February 2018