An exciting summer festival of classical music, song, oratorio and opera, set in medieval hill towns in Provence.

“passionately spirited performances, packed houses and the culture of extended friendship that the name suggests”

12th Musique Cordiale International Festival 30 July – 13 August 2016
Summer strings Academy with Levon Chilingirian 28 July – 6 August 2016
Choral course with Graham Ross 5 – 14 August 2016

Festival Academy 2016


NEXT YEAR   30 July – 13 August 2016   12th Annual Festival & Academy

Academy: 28 July – 6 August Applications now open
Programme highlights December 2015
Choir enrolment opens December 2015
Box Office: open for Friends March 2016  –  Open to public April 2016

Situated in the hills between Nice & Aix-en-Provence, Musique Cordiale has become one of the most significant music festivals in the area. From 1 -15 August, over 150 musicians poured into the village of Seillans to embark on two weeks of intense music making.

In 2015, 28 concerts took place in 11 villages,  including 9 free lunchtime concerts, 3 orchestral concerts, 3 outdoor opera performances, late night recitals and a dazzling line up of soloists including Michel & Sophie Tirabosco, Andrew Staples, Laura Parfitt, Leonel Pinheiro, Adam Green, Lydia Brotherton, James Hall, Charlotte King & Chiara Enderle.

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Musique Cordiale Academy 28 July – 6 August 2016

Residential summer school for advanced string players situated in the exquisite hilltop village of Seillans in Provence (1 hour from Nice).

We are delighted to announce that Levon Chilingirian & Susie Mészáros, members of the celebrated Chilingirian String Quartet and professors at the RAM, RCM, Guildhall and The Royal Northern College of Music, will be joined by Jane Hyland, former principal cellist of the BBC Symphony and BBC Welsh Orchestras, to give individual lessons, masterclasses, chamber music coaching and orchestral training. The course will  culminate in two concerts: one showcasing the students’ chamber, solo and ensemble work and the other playing next to a professional member of the Festival Orchestra conducted by James Lowe.

Applications now open online  or contact us for information:

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In the second week of the Festival a choir made up of over 50 excellent amateur singers came to prepare and perform a challenging choral repertoire. Conducted by Graham Ross, Director of Music at Clare College Cambridge, the Festival culminated in two performances of Haydn’s Creation on Thursday 13 August in Montauroux and Saturday 15th August in Seillans  featuring a star-studded line of soloists including Lydia Brotherton and Andrew Staples, our most celebrated alumni.

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This year Mark Austin conducted a condensed orchestral version of Puccini’s Tosca with Laura Parfitt in the title role, Leonel Pinheiro as Cavaradossi and Adam Green as Scarpia. Produced by John Savournin, Artistic Director of Charles Court Opera and acclaimed baritone, it was fully staged and performed outdoors at the Place du Valat, Seillans on 8 August and the Théâtre de Verdure, Fayence on 12 August.

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