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The pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella at the end of the 1990s and encounters with a variety of romanesque and gothic buildings in France and Spain has been very inspiring (Le Pèlerin – Reise in die Vergangenheit. Auf dem Weg nach Santiago de Compostella). The contemplative calmness, the acoustic silence, the subdued light of the sunrays in the cathedrals of, Vézelay, Fontenay, Conques, Moissac each time resulted in pause and reflection, marvel and listening. The sound of the organ, the music of the traverse flute harmoniously complied with the century old walls.

A previously unused room, located on the east side of the house, offered a good opportunity for a future music room, because of its size and layout. However, its roof was too low, consisted of asbestos and first of all had to be completely demolished and disposed in an environment friendly and  legal way. Even if the reconstruction of the building did not assume gothic dimensions, with the acoustic demands in mind, the walls towered soon over the main building.

Only a small flat constructed bell tower, typical for this rural region, was still lacking.  Also, the old church which by chance came into our possession through a watch retailer, finally found again a permanent place. Hence, the bell was returned to its originally home: Montferrand, casted by its citizens for their church in 1872.

The artist Eric Charlier made a draft for the leaded glass windows in the romanesque style. The colored window shows in its central part the apostle St. James, framed by the silhouettes of the Cathedral of Aachen and Santiago de Compostella, additionally a group of pilgrims, orphan children pointing their finger on their patron saint, the grapes as symbol of the winemakers and a cock on the gallows of the so-called chicken miracle.

After 8 years of renovation work the entire building was finished, the acoustics unique and found fully expression in the small concert room. With the chiming of bells play, the official inauguration took place in 2014. [/two_third]