Musique Cordiale International Festival 2013

SEILLANS, 6 – 17 AUGUST 2013  (Academy 3-10 August)


Welcome to the 9th Festival called Musique Cordiale, your international music festival & academy in the South of France. Here is where high quality music, sunshine and warmth, combined with good food and conviviality are the ingredients for a wonderful holiday.

This year, as in former festivals, there are different groups of music and musicians and almost two weeks of concerts, presenting music from varied genres and eras. While we try to provide something for everyone in terms of repertoire, we endeavour to keep the musical standards as high as possible.

During the first week, even before other musicians assemble, the Academy will be taking place, culminating in 2 concerts, one in the Chappelle Notre Dame de l’Ormeau, and the other in Seillans church, with students joining professional players in an orchestral concert conducted by this year’s music director, Graham Ross. Other works to be performed in the orchestral concerts are works by Mozart – Divertimento for strings, the concerto for harp and flute, and the Symphony No 41, and Les Fêtes d’Hébé by Rameau.

Members of La Nuova Musica, our Ensemble in Residence, under the musical direction of David Bates, will perform 3 concerts of exquisite music from the Baroque era in Seillans, Bagnols-en-Forêt and Correns.

For the second week, the choir will join the soloists and orchestra to perform Dvorak’s powerful and romantic work, his Stabat Mater, and will be conducted by Graham Ross. Graham will also conduct a concert of a Capella works and the glorious Serenade to Music by Vaughan Williams. He will also direct Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’, to be narrated in French.

As usual, the festival will be characterised by playing and singing by performers from all over Europe and will include young soloists as well as accomplished professionals from renowned orchestras. This inter-generational, pan-European flavour allows talented musicans of the future to gain experience (and, in the case of Academy students, some instruction too) at the festival while also offering audiences the chance to hear and appreciate a variety of excellent music in some of the beautiful hill towns and villages (villes et villages perchées) in the Var in the SE of France.

Musique Cordiale International Festival & Academy
Office de Tourisme de Seillans, Place de Thouron, 83440 Seillans, France     +33 (0) 494 76 85 91

9me festival annuel : 6 – 17 août 2013 (Academy 3-10 août)
Seillans, Mons, Bargemon, Callian, Claviers, Bagnols-en-Forêt, Correns

Association Musique Cordiale, France               The Musique-Cordiale Trust, England

2013 Festival