Christmas Concert 2015

Choir of Clare College CambridgeWe are holding our first Friends’ event on Thursday 3 December at the Union Chapel, Islington, London

On Thursday 3 December Graham Ross will be conducting the Choir of Clare College Cambridge, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a terrific line up of soloists in Handel’s Messiah. We will be holding a pre-concert apéritif with Graham for MC Friends before all going to watch the concert together. Tickets are £25 (35 €) each and we will be making a group booking for the concert so please let us know ( before 31 October if you would like to attend.

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Clare College Cambridge Choir in concert in London – with special pre-concert drinks for Friends of Musique Cordiale

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Elin Manahan Thomas | soprano
Christopher Ainslie | countertenor
Nicholas Mulroy | tenor
Alexander Ashworth | bass

Margaret Faultless | leader
Graham Ross | conductor

The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge is joined by The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a stellar lineup of soloists for a performance of Handel’s Messiah, conducted by Graham Ross.

The Choir has gained an international reputation as one of the world’s leading university choirs. In addition to its primary function of leading services three times a week in the College Chapel, the Choir keeps an active schedule recording, broadcasting, and performing. Former directors have included John Rutter and Timothy Brown. Under the direction of Graham Ross – Director of Music since 2010 – it has been praised for its consistently ‘thrilling’ and ‘outstanding’ performances worldwide.

MC 2015 in the press

Review Michael White 2015

Catholic Herald, Michael White

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

Claviers: the concerts, which have minimal formality… but a habit of delivering miracles. A good example last week was a pair of countertenors singing Purcell side by side in one of those neglected churches that you get in France…One countertenor was James Hall, a voice of velvet power that had projection but with easy, almost laid-back charm and purity of town. The other was a a fascinating curiosity: a 16-year-old Swiss boy, Constantin Emanuel Zimmemann, who ought to be too young to be the voice he is and was apparently still singing treble just a month ago. He was an outstanding treble, who recorded with Ton Koopman. And he seems to have emerged like Venus, fully formed (or very nearly)…there’s no doubting his musicianship, which is precocious. We’ll be hearing more of him, I’m sure.

Tosca: the location was magical, the orchestra heroic and the Scarpia magnificently sung by Adam Green….an achivement

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France 3, Dominique Langard

Le festival qui a misé dès le départ sur l’exigence, ne se refuse aucune possibilité d’exploration. “C’est une réunion de musiciens professionnels qui acceptent de passer deux semaines dans cette région de France d’une beauté inouïe” explique Pippa Pawlik, directeur artistique du festival. 

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Moments idylliques et enchanteurs pour un public conquis.

dans une lumière inhabituelle et un son exceptionnel, Andrew [Staples] a interprété magistralement Dichterliebe de Schumann, accompagné par le pianiste Alisdair Hogarth. Le Ténor de Musique Cordiale Andy (un des plus renommé du Royaume Uni) a captivé, électrisé tous les auditeurs.

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Var Matin

Ensemble Bella Terra, Seillans: Le coup d’envoi du 11e festival international de Musique Cordiale a été donné samedi à la salle polyvalente du village dans laquelle les mélomanes s’étaient réfugiés à cause des caprices du temps. C’est l’ensemble “Bella Terra” avec les musiques tziganes et terres du sud qui a enchanté un nombreux public de connaisseurs.

Tosca à Seillans: C’est un public plus que conquis qui a salué comme il se doit ces artistes brillants dont les voix resteront longtemps à raisonner dans leurs têtes. 

Irish Times – Ten Wonderful Music Holidays

A series of stunning Provençale hilltop towns play host to this wonderful festival that is celebrating its 11th year in 2015. Seillance, the Pays de Fayence and neighbouring towns of the Var host more than 20 concerts of choral and orchestral work, chamber ensembles, recitals, opera and even some jazz. The atmosphere is informal and incredibly friendly; the music is top-notch.