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NEW in 2024!


 Practical information


New this year, CIMA is offering free accommodation to all the candidates selected for the semi-final.


Rooms for 4 to 6 people, shared bathrooms.

Location :

Foyer Rural
11 Place de la Mairie
49650 Brain-sur-Allonnes

Discover the accommodation

Arrival possible from May 21, 2024 in the middle of the day
Departure on the morning of May 23.

Possibility of rehearsing in a room of the Foyer Rural on May 21.

Important: The CIMA team can organize transfers from Saumur Station to Brain-sur-Allonnes and from Brain-sur-Allonnes to the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud.

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Finalists' accomodation


Accommodation in Nantes on May 23rd, 24th are at the finalists own expense.

Winners' accommodation in Angers on May 25th will be taken in charge by the CIMA (AirBnb or Youth Hostel).

May 24th : day off in Nantes, possibility to rehearse with harpsichord and organ.


Getting to Fontevraud

nearest train station to Fontevraud : Saumur

SNCF train : from Paris Montparnasse 1 and 2 to Angers St Laud station by TGV (high-speed train) + TER (regional train) to Saumur

More information :

Car : from Paris Montparnasse 1 and 2 to Fontevraud Abbey, approximately 3h15 via the A10

Free parking next to the Abbey.

Route planner–

From Nantes

TER (regional train) Nantes-Saumur (1h or 1h30)
Further information:

By plane

 Paris Charles de Gaulle or Orly airport + RER B and subway 4 or 6 to Montparnasse station

Nantes airport + Nantes airport - Ga
re Sud shuttle bus (€10)


Fontevraud-Nantes for the finalists


SNCF train : TER (regional train) Saumur station-Nantes station (1h-1h30)

Car: from Fontevraud Abbey to Nantes Station, approximately 2 hours via the A11

parking to pay nearby: Castle, Nantes train station, etc.

Important : The CIMA team can carry out transfers from Fontevraud Abbey to Saumur station.

Winning ensemble's travels

Winners' travels from Nantes to Paris for radio show recording and Paris to Angers for gala concert on the 25th of May are taken in charge by the CIMA.

>To find grants


To reduce your expenses, we invite you to find out about possible grants on the following website:

If you have any enquiry please do not hesitate to contact us :

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