The woodwind hotel

Gîte d'Ivry

“For our first breakfast on the sunny forecourt our host…brought us croissants, brioches, and six metal clarinets!”

So begins “Surrounded by woodwind in Normandy” by John Playfair (Clarinet & saxophone XXXV/1 [Spring 2010] pp. 36–37). The article describes a visit to Gîte d’Ivry (above), a bed and breakfast that now occupies part of the former Eugène Thibouville woodwind factory in Ivry-la-Bataille. Some 1200 of the maker’s instruments are on display, and many are available to be played by guests.

Below, Phillipe Perlot performs on a Thibouville flageolet.

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