Mathilde is a cello teacher at the Aveyron Conservatory.
Since the start of confinement, she has been entertaining her neighbours and passers-by in Tournemire.
“I took my cello, I went down into the garden and I played the prelude of the 1st Bach Suite,” she explained. “The windows opened, the neighbours cheered, and cars stopped…I’m doing this every day, it lifts our spirits!”
Sometimes her youngest daughter, Margot, 15, takes her violin and accompanies her. Her husband takes care of the after-concert: baguette, sausage, local wine. “We have food, a garden, music, we just hope that the virus will not visit us”.
“Music binds us together, it’s a way to stay alive.”
The concerts will last for the time of confinement, she will play for 20 minutes at midday, each day. For the day of “liberation”, an aperitif followed by a concert is planned.
Watch the video by Mathilde De Flamesnil and Régis Dequecker from France 3.
Source: France 3