Apotropaïque, (adj): Something that brings the evil away.

…What if the ills of the century were transformed by music…



Clémence Niclas, voice and flute

Marie-Domitille Murez, gothic harp

Louise Bouedo-Mallet, bow fiddle

Clément Stagnol, medieval lute


ApotropaïK’s 1st record is available for sale on our website! Go to the store

It will also be available for streaming on all platforms from September 29! Listen here!


In February 2023, ApotropaïK had a great week of residency at the Athens Music Conservatory, as part of Eeemerging+.

A perfect framework to prepare the new program of the ensemble !

Until August 2023, ApotropaïK belongs to the european programm Eeemerging+


From 2023, the Royaumont Foundation supports ApotropaïK as an ensemble in residence Discover the foundation

In the media section, discover the concert given in October 2022 within the walls of the Abbey.

ApotropaïK scooped 3 prizes at the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition 2022 ! They won Cambridge Festival Prize ; the EEEmerging Prize ; and the Friends of York Early Music Festival Prize.

Discover the new teaser of the ensemble !

Apotropaïk wins « Jeunes Talents Sinfonia » competition of 2019 !
The festival Sinfonia en Périgord is going to support the ensemble in many ways : concert in the festival, workshop, and several concerts in Périgord. Details to come…


In the media section, remembrance of the show Générations France Musique, le live of January 12, 2019 at the Theater of the Alliance Française. Go and look !

Novembre 16, 2017 : Apotropaïk wins the 1st prize at the 2nd edition of the Vanves Early Music Competition!

To know more…

About us

With a large possibility of instrumentation, ApotropaïK wishes to renew the approach of medieval music.

Its members performed together for the first time in November 2015 to share a concert with Korean traditionnal musicians at the Lyon CNSMD, organised within the frame of the « Année France-Corée 2015-2015 » initiated by the Institut Français. The ensemble began its activity with an intercultural dialogue. ApotropaïK had the chance to approach its practice and repertoire in the light of traditional Korean music. Members of ApotropaïK participated in a similar experience in September 2016: the ensemble was chosen to represent the Lyon CNSMD in the « Transcultural Confluence » project, which was the first stage of an international program gathering the Royal Academy of Music (Aarhus, Denmark) and the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimédia Balla Fasséké Kouyaté (Bamako, Mali). Participants had one week to imagine a performance with various aesthetics mixing pop, jazz, early music and non-European traditional music and but also gathering on stage musicians and dancers. The ensemble worked from songs of Machaut and pieces from the London manuscript. This project week ended with a concert opened to a large audience at the Lyon CNSMD. It was a unique experience in terms of sharing. It raised the universal character of these repertoires, medieval secular monody being very representative in that sense, offering an infinite range of possible interpretations. Since 2016, the ApotropaïK ensemble has been several times invited to play at the Cluny museum (National Museum of the Middle Ages) in Paris. It has also performed in prestigious festivals in France and Europe such as Mars en Baroque (Marseille) or the MAfestival (Bruges). In 2019 the ensemble will preform in the Gröpelinger Barock Festival (Bremen), the Festival de Sablé (Sablé-sur-Sarthe), the Heure Musicale du Jeudi (Nantes) and the Saison musicale des Chartreux (Lyon). Its repertoire spreads from the 13th to the 15th century. It is focused on instrumental music such as Italian and French estampies from the London manuscript or the Chansonnier du Roi or diminutions from the Faenza Codex, and on vocal music such as troubadour’s songs, monodies from Machaut and Lescurel but also songs from Dufay for the Burgundian Court and Ars Subtilior melodies. In November 2017 the ApotropaïK ensemble won the 1st prize of the second Vanves Early music festival competition. In 2019, the ensemble won the competition “Jeunes Talents Sinfonia en Périgord”. In July 2022, ApotropaïK scooped 3 prizes at the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition 2022. They won Cambridge Festival Prize ; the EEEmerging Prize ; and the Friends of York Early Music Festival Prize. From 2023, the Royaumont Foundation supports the ApotropaïK ensemble as an ensemble in residence.



  • December 8-9, 2023 – Territorial action week-end in Val d’Oise (led by Royaumont Fondation).
  • December 10, 2023, 16h – Survilliers (Val d’Oise) – Program “The harp, the potion and the sword”.
  • February 22, 2024, 19 h, Saint Catherin’s college chapel in Cambridge (UK), masterclass for the Cambridge students and concert. Program “Bella Donna”
  • February 24, 2024, 20h, Saint-Pierre-Le-Vieux Protestant Church in Strasbourg (France). As part of the AMIA (Friends of Music on Ancient Instruments). Program “The harp, the potion and the sword”.
  • March 16, 2024, 20h30, Georges Meyer cultural center in Dambach-la-Ville (67, France). As part of the AMIA (Friends of Music on Ancient Instruments). Program “The harp, the potion and the sword”.
  • May 19, 2024, 14h, Minoritenkirche of Regensburg (DE), Tage Alter Musik Regensburg. Program “Bella Donna”
  • August 3, 2024, 21h, Simiane-la-Rotonde – Concert in Les Riches Heures Musicales Festival. Program “The harp, the potion and the sword”. Discover the festival here
  • October 5, 2024, 17h, Royaumont Foundation. New program. Details to come !

…Passed events

November 5, 2023, 16h, Unité d’Art Sacré de Gosnay (in Béthune-Bruay, 62, France). Program “The harp, the potion and the sword”.

September 24, 2023, 11h – Ambronay Festival, Monteverdi’s room. New program “The harp, the potion and the sword”. Details here

July 12, 2023, York (UK), National Center for Early Music.

July 15, 2023, Riga (Lettonie), Early Music Festival. New program “The harp, the potion and the sword”.

September 17, 2023, 15h30 – Royaumont Foundation Festival – New program “The harp, the potion and the sword”.

June 26, 2023 – Camargo Fondation in Cassis – Concert and workshop within the framework of Aix-Marseille University’s symposium.

March 25, 2023, 20h – Notre-Dame de la Gloriette Church (Caen, France). A partnership with Caen Theater. “Musique médiévale pour Yseult” a creation about Tristano and Iseut legend.

October 1, 2022, 16h-18h – On the radio : Générations France Musique, the Live – in Alliance Française Theatre (101 bd Raspail, Paris VI)

October 2, 2022, 11h30, Royaumont Foundation Festival – Details and reservation here

July 26, 2022, 20h, Ancy-le-Franc (89160, Yonne) – in Musicancy festival. Details and reservations here.

August 3, 2022, 20h, Festival Les Nuits d’été (around Aiguebelette lake)

August 28, 2022, 11h30, Church of Montfaucon (25395, Doubs)

March 7, 2022, 20h, Lyon – in Les Rendez-Vous de Musique Ancienne  – Chapelle du Lycée Saint Louis – Saint Bruno, 16 rue des Chartreux, 69001 Lyon.

June 12, 2022, 15h30, Saint-Sulpice-des-Landes (44540, Loire Altlantique) – Church of Vieux Bourg de Saint-Sulpice-des-Landes.

July 1st, 2022, 20h, Lyon – in Les Saôneurs festival – Chapelle de l’Hôtel Dieu.

July 3, 2022, 17h et 21h, Usson (63490, Puy-de-Dôme)- in 4th Rencontres Culturelles d’Usson.

July 4, 2022, 21h, église de Dore-l’église (63220, Haute Loire) in Par-quatre-chemins intitulé Notes Errantes #4.

March, 11 to 16, 2022, ApotropaïK will be in workshop in fondation Royaumont.

July, 15 and 16, 2022, the ensemble will take part of York Early Music Festival (UK) for the early music competition. Click and see the finalists.

August 11 and 12, 2021 – 21h, Saorge and Breil-sur-Roya – Program “Bella Donna” at Festival de musique ancienne de Saorge et Tende. https://www.facebook.com/fmasaorge/

August 22, 2021 – 11h, Abbaye de Ligueux – Program “Bella Donna” in Sinfonia en Périgord. Sinfonia en Périgord

September 3, 2021 – 20h – Cloître Saint-Vincent in Chalon-sur-Saône. Program “Bella Donna”
Saison Musicale du Cloître

September 4, 2021 – 20h30 – Église Saint Maurice de Villiers-les-Hauts – Program “Bella Donna” in Rencontres Musicales de Villiers-les-Hauts. Les Rencontres Musicales

September 19, 2020 – 19h – Dordogne – Concert as part of heritage days.

August 2020 – Périgord, Sinfonia’s festival – Program « Ay Santa Maria » – REPORTED

April and june 2020 – workshop and concerts in Périgord with Sinfonia’s festival -REPORTED

November 16, 2019 – 15h30 – Rustrel’s church – Creation about troubadour music.

August 21, 2019 – 18h30 – Sablé Early Music Festival – Program “Ay Santa Maria”.

August 28, 2019 – 15h – Sinfonia en Périgord (Périgueux) – Program “Aÿ Amours”.

August 8, 2019 – Simiane-la-Rotonde Festival (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence) – Creation of a new program : “Le chant de l’oiseau pèlerin”. European travel trough music and tales of the 14th century.

July 28, 2019 – 16h – Gröpelinger Barock Festival of Bremen – Program “Adieu amour”. www.groepelbarock.de

July 15 to 21, 2019  – Cité de la Voix in Vézelay (France) – Creative residency and daily concerts.

February 8, 2019, 20h19 – La Courroie, Entraigues – Program “Aÿ Amours”

February 7, 2019, 20h – Chartreux high school’s chapel in Lyon, “Saison musicale des Chartreux” – Program “Aÿ Amours”
January 12, 2019, 16h – Théâtre de l’Alliance Française (Paris, France) –  radio program Générations France Musique, le live. Public and live broadcast. Podcast here.

November 8, 2018, 18h30 – Nantes, “Heure musicale du jeudi ” at the conservatory – Program “Aÿ Amours”

August 12, 2018 – Bruges MAfestival/Vélo baroque – Program focused on the Cantigas de Santa Maria/Llibre Vermeil

March, 2018 – Festival Mars en Baroque, History Museum of Marseille – “Aÿ Amour!”

February, 2018 – Cluny Museum, Paris – “Adieu mes amours” (concert and workshop)

May, 2017 –  Cluny Museum, Paris – “Chansons, danses et airs virtuoses à la cour de Bourgogne au XVe siècle” (concert and workshop)

November, 2016 – Cluny Museum, Paris – “Le Moyen-Âge finirait-il en Italie ?” (concert and workshop)


To see

July, 14th, 2023 – Interview for Latvian TV

Discover the concert given in October 2022 within the walls of the Royaumont Abbey. Royaumont. The Royaumont Foundation supports ApotropaïK as an ensemble in residence since 2023.

A short presentation of the work of the ensemble.


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