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Festival The Royal Organ Road


Since 2002, the international festival “La Route Royale des Orgues” (The Royal Organ Road) has been offering visitors the chance to discover the region’s exceptional heritage: historic organs!

On the program!

Also on the program are the “L’orgue fait son cinéma! evenings: screenings of silent film masterpieces, accompanied by improvisations on historic organs. Rediscover the magic of the early days of cinema, which is particularly enchanting for children and families!

Internationally renowned

of international renown

Since 2021, the festival has been directed by Franck Marcon, organist and harpsichordist from Tende, professor of Baroque music at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva and Neuchâtel, and director of the vocal ensemble Polhymnia, which focuses on contemporary creation.

Thanks to his professional contacts, he invites many internationally renowned musicians to guarantee exceptional quality to these concerts: Paul Goussot, Guy-Baptiste Jacottet, Marine Moletto, Freddy Eichelberger, Frédéric Muňoz, Gabriele Agrimonti… The latter appreciate the exceptional quality of these organs, as much as the opportunity to share them with the large audience they have won over over the years.

The brilliant 20th anniversary edition of the festival, which he orchestrated in 2022, helped to relaunch the festival and open up new perspectives!

Baroque organs

of the Roya Valley

The historic organs of the Roya-Bévéra valleys are a heritage of great patrimonial and artistic value. These instruments bear witness to a population that has been fervent and open to cultural exchange since antiquity, in this culturally homogenous border region.

These organs were all built by the great masters of 18th and 19th century Italian organ building: the Serassi brothers, Lingiardi, Concone, Agati, Valoncini… They are all listed as historic monuments and represent an exceptional listening experience. There are also two 18th-century French baroque organs by the Grinda brothers.

In 2003, the culmination of historical research led to the publication of a book written by Silvano Rodi and René Saorgin, with the help of Xavier Sant, richly illustrated and detailed, presenting the history, composition and particularities of each organ (éditions du Cabri).

From the 1980s onwards, this exhaustive and rigorous scientific knowledge led local authorities to launch an ambitious campaign to restore, conserve, protect and promote the organ heritage of France and Italy.

The festival was born of this dynamic, with the aim of bringing these exceptional instruments to life and making them known to a wide audience.

The Royal Route


The Route Royale, or “Real Strada”, was the name given in the 18th century to an itinerary linking the county of Nice to Turin, capital of the States of Savoy since 1568, via the Col de Tende. Originally a simple mule track, also known as the “Salt Road”, this route was developed in 1610 by the Dukes of Savoy, then made carriageable in 1780 and finally accessible in 1830. Under Savoyard rule, the road became a key trade route between the two sides of the Alps.

At the heart of a network

of committed cultural players

The festival is committed to building a local and international network of cultural players, in keeping with its ambitions.

It enjoys the support of numerous local partners committed to preserving and promoting this exceptional heritage: the Sud-PACA region, the Alpes Maritimes département, inter-communities and communes, the CARF, as well as the Conservatoire Départemental de Musique, with whom it works to discover new talent and give educational concerts.

Close to the French and Italian territories, he collaborates with the Société de musique ancienne de Nice, the “Amis de l’orgue Valoncini de Contes”, the “Amis de l’orgue Grinda de l’Escarène”, the “Cinéma d’Hier et d’Aujourd’hui” association in Sospel, the Beaulieu cinema and the “Autour de” association, the Maison du Patrimoine et des traditions brigasques which houses the Musée des Orgues Historiques in La Brigue.

But also in Italy, with the towns of Ventimiglia, Airole and Torri, the Vermenagna valley with Robilante, Limone and Roccavione, and the Italian associations of the Route Royale and the Cuneo organ season.