Musique Cordiale International Festival

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

Thank you for joining us for two weeks of exceptional music in a glorious setting! Save the date for the 12th Musique Cordiale Festival & Academy 30 July – 14 August 2016


NEXT YEAR   30 July – 14 August 2016   12th Annual Festival & Academy

Programme highlights 1 December 2015
Academy student enrolment opens 1 October 2015
Choir enrolment opens 1 December 2015
Box Office: open for Friends 19 March 2016  –  Open to public 1 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, 27 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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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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Read Michael White’s review of Musique Cordiale’s 2014 production of The Barber of Seville in The Telegraph and Opera Now


Wednesday 5 August, 7pm, Eglise Saint-Etienne Bargemon
Rossini Ouverture de l’Italienne à Algers
Variations sur un thème Rococo pour violoncelle et orchestre en la majeur
Dvořák Romance pour violon et orchestre en fa mineur
Dvořák Suite tchèque en ré majeur

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Musique Cordiale Academy 30 July – 8 August 2015

Now in its fourth year, the Musique Cordiale Academy enabled a select number of promising young musicians to train for a week with Jane Hyland, former principal cellist of the BBC Symphony and BBC Welsh Orchestras, and members of the Quatuor Arpeggione. The students prepared a concert for string orchestra and performedSchubert, Mozart and Beethoven sitting next to a professional player at the end of the week.

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