11th Musique Cordiale International Festival: 1-15 August 2015

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

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Explore the 2015 Festival Programme

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, 100 musicians pour into the village of Seillans to embark on two weeks of intense music making.

In 2015 there will be 27 concerts taking 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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CHŒUR

In the second week of the Festival a choir made up of over 50 excellent amateur singers come to prepare and perform a challenging choral repertoire. Conducted by Graham Ross, Director of Music at Clare College Cambridge, the Festival will culminate 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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OPERA: PUCCINI’S TOSCA

This year Mark Austin will conduct 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 will be 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

BARGEMON 5 AUGUST: ROSSINI, DVORAK & TCHAIKOVSKY

Wednesday 5 August, 7pm, Eglise Saint-Etienne Bargemon
Rossini Ouverture de l’Italienne à Algers
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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 enables 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 prepare a concert for string orchestra and will perform Schubert, Mozart and Beethoven sitting next to a professional player at the end of the week.

We still have a couple of spaces left in this year’s Academy. Find out more

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