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After a fabulous year of musical performances in Britain and France in 2019…
we are looking forward to our ambitious programme of concerts & music-making for 2020
Admirable Aspirations – a 15-year record of valuable achievement in Pan-European musical and cultural exchange & education – a Labour of Love – Modest Means
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 next summer – and preferably earlier 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
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 IN BRITAIN & FRANCE throughout the year
Programme 2020 concerts 1 -15 August 2020
in the hills behind the Mediterranean.
Programme to be announced in the Spring
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: outline programme here now.
Summer Festival BOX OFFICE opens ONLINE 1 April 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. In 2020 the choir “stage”, based in beautiful Seillans, runs from 7-16 August, featuring this year’s major choral work (to be announced in the Spring) and a diverse collection of a cappella songs.JOIN NOW & SING! Invitation to new & returning singers: enrolment for good and experienced singers from all over Europe is OPEN NOW (Jan 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)
& 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 soon.
In 2018, Musique Cordiale also reached out in the local community in the Var, offering opportunities for
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
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.