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Obviously, like everyone else, we are monitoring the Covid-19 situation in the Var and across Europe and will update you on our plans and contingencies as they develop. We have put back the opening of our ticket box office to 10 July (normally 1 April) and hope that a festival (it’s all ready and organised for 1 – 16 August 2020) can still happen – to recover and revitalise us all. So far, we have watched as EARLIER festivals (Aldeburgh in June, Verbier in July) have recently decided to cancel and we remain open to possibilities.  Meanwhile, everyone’s health is the priority. But, like so many others, we are naturally worried about our finances in coming months: ticket sales and fund-raising early-summer soirées musicales are vital to cover our year-round costs – and we are also looking at possible ways that we can all help to contribute to the support of our young musicians, mostly suddenly without work or income.
For now, stay safe and enjoy some uplifting recorded music at home! Thank you for your support and patience! Merci pour votre soutien et votre patience! Good luck to you all! Bonne chance à vous tous!
After a fabulous year of musical performances in Britain and France in 2019…
we look forward to an ambitious programme of concerts & music-making for 2020
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    a big evening concert with choir, orchestra & soloists
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If you value Musique Cordlale for its unique international festival and its orchestral academy for young musical talent – or its choral & singing courses, concerts and events in France and Britain, we need your help. Even after 15 years, it cannot continue without your support. The French association which runs the festival & The Musique-Cordiale Trust, the British charity which supports it, need you for this campaign. Between us, we must hit a £50,000 annual target for EXTRA FUNDS before the summer – to give us the resources to plan ahead – and make savings – for 2020. Thank you to those who have already helped by donating, pledging or raising money or by arranging events and inviting your friends to help. WHY NOT BECOME A FRIEND or DONOR? Or SPONSOR an event or musician?
A huge amount of year-round, voluntary work is involved to organise the Festival. Most of this is done by a team of dedicated volunteers. Although supported and valued by its participants and audiences, both locally and from all over Europe, Musique Cordiale NEEDS TO SUPPLEMENT ITS INCOME from ticket sales, subscriptions, some hard-won local funding in the face of shrinking public budgets and the generosity of a few private donors ad trusts. It is an enormous struggle to cover the costs of bringing over 100 musicians and singers from across the continent to the Pays de Fayence and accommodating and sustaining them – as well as working them hard to achieve great music together. Please SUPPORT US: details HERE And look out for our musical fund-raising events in Britain and France this year!

16th International Musique-Cordiale Festival

1 – 16 August 2020

Pays de Fayence, France

musicians and singers from all over Europe
Major choral works    Superbly-played classical music    Dramatic opera     Exciting jazz
Performed in the summer ambiance of Provence –  in medieval town squares and beautiful churches and chapels in the villages perchés of the Pays de Fayence in the hills of the Var…
Plus musical events throughout the year in Britain & France
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International Festival
Programme 2020
concerts 1 -15 August 2020

in the hills behind the Mediterranean.
2020 Festival Programme to be announced in late March, including Brahms choral works with soloists, choir & ensemble, Mahler Symphony, Baroque Concert, Recitals & Chamber Music, soirées Jazz, evening and lunch-time concerts, opera arias
The 2019 festival featured 18 varied events – symphony concerts conducted by James Lowe and other orchestral works, chamber music, recitals, opera, choral, jazz, vocal, folk & a little nostalgic rock in beautiful warm surroundings in Provence, France
2019 festival programme here.
2020 concert programme here soon!
Summer Festival ONLINE BOX OFFICE opens June 2020

2020 will see the 16th annual International Festival

Festival Choir 2020
Major choral works & more

In 2019, the big choral work was Handel’s SAUL and in 2018, it was Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons),
(sung with the Festival Orchestra & soloists) & a cappella works included the Frank Martin Mass and motels from Tallis to Lauridsen, directed by Graham Ross in the beautiful acoustic churches and chapels of the “villes perchées”‘ of the Pays de Fayence, France.

AIMEZ-VOUS BRAHMS ? In 2020 the choir “stage”, based in beautiful Seillans, runs from 7-16 August, featuring this year’s major choral works (Johannes Brahms, Requiem, op 45 – Ein deutches Requiem, nach Worten der Heiligen Schriff – to be sung in German, + Brahms Liebeslieder , op 52 + Brahms Geistliches Lied),  and a diverse collection of accompanied and a cappella songs + Handel’s Dixit Dominus.

JOIN NOW & SING! Invitation to new & returning singers: enrolment for good and experienced singers from all over Europe is OPEN NOW (Jan – March 2020) to join the 2020 summer Festival Choir:  8 days of rehearsals and performances in August.
 Each year, we also invite singers to join the choir for 3 days of autumn rehearsals and concerts (see below)

Festival Orchestra
& the orchestra academy

The Festival orchestra consists of professional musicians from across Europe and elsewhere, brought together each summer for 2 weeks of rehearsal and performance. In addition to accompanying the choir and vocal soloists in major choral works, the orchestra is the mainstay of other major symphony concerts during the festival and its members also perform in chamber music, quintets and quartets and in recitals. They also act as tutors to our Academy students who consist of 6-8 talented young people from music colleges and conservatories who sit beside professionals leading sections of the orchestra. The students also perform in an Academy chamber concert together.

The festival also features a selection of Jazz events with invited European artists, usually performing out of doors

Musique-Cordiale Autumn weekend in Kent
3 CONCERTS: 15-17 November 2019 & again in 2020

The 2019 Autumn Musique-Cordiale weekend in Kent, GB, again featured 3 CONCERTS. These included a performance of Handel’s MESSIAH (with orchestra and a great line-up of soloists) and an exciting programme of instrumental, ‘a cappella’  choral music plus some fabulous vocal and instrumental solos.  Details here        Autumn online  Box Office now closed. (autumn choir information here)

Festival curtain-raiser- Gala Dinner & Soirée musicale
1 August 2020

Tickets sold out quickly in 2019 for our popular annual fund-raising evening and Festival launch event – with wine, dinner and music in the Pays de Fayence. So please book early to join us on in August 2020 if you can!  –  2020 details here in May. Bookings open 1 June.

Premier stage 2018

In 2018, Musique Cordiale also reached out in the local community in the Var, offering opportunities for

Les Jeunes Choristes de Musique Cordiale

In 2019, we again invited YOUNG SINGERS (aged 6 -14): to join our FREE courses. for local children learning to experience multi-part singing in four different languages


Situated in the hills between Nice & Aix-en-Provence, Musique Cordiale in summer has become one of the most significant music festivals in Europe: experienced professionals and stars, exciting young talent, beautiful ambience, wonderful music…

For 2 or 3 weeks in late July & early August each year, over 125 musicians and singers pour into Seillans and the Pays de Fayence from all over the world to embark on two weeks of intense music-making in beautiful medieval hill towns & villages in the Var, Provence, France

Pays de Fayence Festival Sponsor
Seillans Festival
Pays de Fayence Festival Sponsor
Handstand Festival Sponsor
Super U Festival Sponsor
Morris-Venables Charitable Foundation

We are committed to presenting a brilliant festival each year and look forward to welcoming you to Seillans & the Pays de Fayence in Provence! In the face of precarious subsidies and dramatic currency shifts, we are more dependent than ever on the help of our audiences and supporters.

To help us to keep offering a high-quality programme at affordable prices, please do consider supporting us,
for example, by becoming a Member, Friend or Donor of Musique Cordiale or by offering in-kind help as a volunteer or artist host.

Here is NEWS on Facebook about some of our summer events, including the 2019 International Festival programme (9-17 August) and our…

Posted by Musique-Cordiale International Festival & Academy on Monday, 1 April 2019

2019 Flyer: please go to the BOX OFFICE or PROGRAMME pages to book tickets.