Music festival Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi 2017 celebrates Philippe Herreweghe
Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi is an annual music festival under the artistic direction of Philippe Herreweghe in the beautiful region of the Crete Senesi in Tuscany.
2017 promises to be a special year: the year in which artistic director Philippe Herreweghe celebrates its 70 years and in which the world is celebrating the Monteverdi-year (Claudio Monteverdi was born 450 years ago). Special event will be the performance of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers by Collegium Vocale Gent and Philippe Herreweghe in the beautiful setting of the Sant’ Anna in Camprena monastery.
The Festival Collegium Vocale Crete Senesi (previous Accademia delle Crete Senesi), was founded by Philippe Herreweghe. 'With a cast of predominantly Belgian performers, the festival testifies to the extraordinary musical talent that has emerged from that small country. In fact, nothing has changed - musicians from the Low Countries have profoundly coloured the soundscape of Italy since the 15th century. Known then as Olrremontani (those from 'over the mountains'), Flemish singers and composers brought to the Italian Renaissance courts their sophisticated vocal polyphony and choral traditions. Herreweghe and his latter-day Oltremontani are continuing a long history of halo-Flemish cultural relations.' 
One of Tuscany's best kept secrets is the beautiful valley sheltering this recently renovated 18th century farm house, in the Valle d’Ombrone.
Podere Santa Pia provides for a truly relaxing and authentic experience of living the ‘Italian dream’: whether as a family holiday or for a celebratory event, the stunning location and the attention to detail creates an ambience that captures the true spirit of being a guest in Tuscany.
Breathtaking view on Maremma hills and the Valle d'Ombrone from #poderesantapia.
Podere Santa Pia is an artistic property, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the splendor of the Maremma hills of southern Tuscany. This formal cloister offers the quiet tranquility of a private retreat, with numerous attractions, beautiful nature reserves and unspoilt beautiful beaches within easy reach.
Pieve di Santo Stefano a Cennano. Absidi
Album Monastero di Monte Oliveto Maggiore
Monastero di Sant'Anna in Camprena
 Photo by Michiel Hendryckx. Source: www.collegiumvocalecretesenesi.com  Source: SOUNDSFROM AN ANCIENT SEA | Kate Bolton-Porciatti visits a region of south Tuscany where, every summer, the distinctive and alluring landscape positively teems with musical life | Kate Bolton BBC Music Magazine, January 2016