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What is Musique Cordiale?

Musique Cordiale logoMusique Cordiale is an international classical music festival, which fosters participation, excellence and education.

Over coming years, the team which founded and run Musique Cordiale, plan to burnish its standing as a respected and valued part of the musical life of Europe. During this time, a dedicated group of music lovers from all over Europe has worked to build the festival’s reputation for quality and accessibility.In 2010 it was recognized by one eminent music critic as one of the top ten classical music festivals in Europe.

Musique Cordiale is based in Seillans and takes place over two weeks in early August in three villages in Provence in the foothills of the Alps in southeastern France. Its audience and reputation has grown steadily. It now attracts professional and good amateur musicians from 10 European countries. Over two weeks they rehearse and give over 10 performances of Choral and Orchestral works, Opera and Jazz. It is an unusual collaboration of young and old, amateur and professional musicians from all over Europe.

Since 2005 they have performed the Bach Mass in B minor, Mozart’s C minor Mass, the Mozart Requiem, Duruflé Requiem, Bach Magnificat, Haydn Te Deum, Haydn Nelson Mass, Handel Dixit Dominus, Faure Requiem, Purcell ‘Dido & Aeneas’, Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte, and numerous a cappella works, including the Frank Martin Mass for double choir. Musique Cordiale has increasingly become a launch pad and showcase for young musicians. One prominent participant, the conductor and composer Graham Ross, was recently appointed to the prestigious post of Director of Music at Clare College Cambridge.

The young tenor Andrew Staples has a flourishing career and reputation all over the world, he recently performed Mahlers “Das Lied von der Erde” with Sir Simon Rattle in Berlin. Tom Seligman is a respected and experienced young conductor who has recently conducted at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He is also director of the Hampshire County Youth orchestra and produces wonderful results from young musicians.

Young singers and orchestral players from all over Europe including students from the local Nice Conservatoire play and sing alongside experienced European musicians, together exploring new works and learning to perform in front of a sophisticated local and international audience.

Already, alumni of the festival now sing or play with some of the greatest orchestras and conductors in the world. Musique Cordiale has become a truly European festival with different nationalities keen to participate. It nurtures a pan-European Entente Cordiale not only among the musicians but for people from the Var villages who enjoy and recognize the value of such an event to their communities, helping to attract discerning tourists who appreciate the scenic, gastronomic and cultural attributes of the region.