The Citadel association is organizing the 5th edition of
from 12 to 14 of May in Biscarosse - FRANCE
Citadel, a Gospel association from the South-West of France, organizes the Festival de l'Estuaire every 2 years. Following the Covid, we are happy to meet again after 3 years away !

This year, we are offering an exceptional Masterclass of 12 hours lessons with 3 internationally wellnowned artists:
Clinton Jordan, Colin Vassel, Didier Likeng, accompanied by Philippe Ekoka, a great pianist with a great Gospel culture.

From Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May 2023

The great new : The Festival accommodation will be held in a 5-star campsite on the shores of Lake Biscarosse and a few kilometers from the Atlantic Ocean.

Dear Gospellers,

Whether you are an amateur, passionate or professional, the teaching of our 3 stars will be beneficial for all of us !

Join us to “Activate Your Voice"

The teaching of the Masterclass will be in English – simultaneous translation provided by our organization.

On Sunday May 14 at 3:00 p.m. : a closing concert will take place in the church of Biscarosse with our artists, musicians and the singers from the Masterclass.

Concert DressCode: White Clothes

Directions to get to the Festival...

Our Guests

Bordeaux Gospel Clinton

Clinton JORDAN

As a professional singer, Clinton has shared the stage with artists such as Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Sting, Paul McCartney and Tina Turner.
Clinton is also a vocal arranger for Kingdom Choir, the choir that dazzled more than thwo billions households at the royal wedding in the UK in 2018. Among other things, he arranged their version of the song "The Holidays Are Coming" in the advertising for Coca Cola on christmas. . We could see Clinton on television on international channels: BBC, ITV, ABC, CNN.
As a trainer, his workshops made him awarded by the Jack Petchey award, as an "Outstanding Director", and he reached the place of finalist in the renowned competition, "BBC Choir of The Year".
He was also able to sing for two British Prime Ministers and Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II.

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Colin is one of London's most charismatic gospel choir directors. He has been teaching gospel for many years at Morley College, London. He directs the Wood Green Gospel Choir with whom he has visited many countries (Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, Czech Republic and South Africa). This choir was nominated in 2000 for the prestigious MOBO (Music of Black Origin Award).
In 2008, he created the London Gospel Factory Choir, which he still leads today.
Colin is an outstanding teacher and a renowned soloist in the world of gospel, he regularly leads workshops throughout.
Bordeaux Gospel Collin
Its motto :."For me Gospel music is a way of life, it makes me breathe"
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Born in Yaoundé and living in Brussels, this Cameroonian is a selftaught musician with solid experience in choirs and on stage. Didier Likeng quickly became passionate about Spirituals and Gospel because he sang in the heart of his church from the age of 10.
At just 13 years old, he formed and led several musical groups in Cameroon. Two years later, he became director of the youth choir and principal organist of his church, which brings together some 1,500 faithful each Sunday
Gospel singing teacher at the ESMUC (Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya) in Barcelona since 2005, choirmaster and internship master, Didier Likeng is regularly called upon to lead gospel singing masterclasses and workshops in several countries

Didier Likeng plays various musical intruments and sings with great talent.
Philippe EKOKA
(our pianist )
Philippe Ekoka started playing the piano very young, self-taught, he was immersed in the blues/gospel tradition, accompanying his evangelical pastor father all his youth. Later, he was received at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in the jazz department where he trained with the excellent Eric Legnini...

Currently, he plays and records with different quality gospel formations: Le BIGMC, Chœur Gospel de Paris, Georges Seba, Choeur Gospel de Mons, Gospel Wings…, and others in various jazz, soul, funk and afro projects: Give 5tet, Ella and Louis Project, Saiaismooth Jazz Band, Sara Letor & Band, Baloji, Mongoose …


- Festival Residence -

Campsite "La Rive"
We offer you an ideal setting for the residence of our Festival, the “Ciela Village La Rive” campsite in Biscarrosse,a 5* campsite among the most beautiful campsites in Europe, where everything has been thought out for your comfort with, in particular, a water park of more than 6500 m2, a fitness room, a wellness area of 250m2, shops, bar, restaurants, snacks ….
6523 route de Bordeaux, 40600 Biscarross
You will be accommodated in cottages for 4 people (2 bedrooms) or 6 people (3 bedroom). You can either book a cottage individually, or associate yourself with the people at your convenience for accommodation when you register.The simple masterclass price is 90€. The masterclass + accommodation rate is €120 to €210 depending on the group chosen. see details in the brochure

The MasterClass ends with a Gospel concert !
Sunday, 14th of May 2023
at 3.00 PM
Clinton JORDAN, Didier LIKENG and Collin VASSEL

accompanied by :
EKOKA, the choir of the festival and

Church Saint-Martin

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