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After another fabulous year of exciting music in France ….
the 15th annual international summer festival in the Var, France, which featured 17 exciting & diverse high-calibre concerts,
9 – 17 August 2019, including Handel’s SAUL, a major choral work,
as well as jazz, solo, orchestral & chamber music, song & opera & the Summer String Academy in Provence, ENDED on 17 AUGUST with a rousing final refrain!
However, we hope to see musicians, singers and our lovely enthusiastic audiences again for the
and for another summer of music in Provence, France, in 2020 (Brexit and other unpredictables permitting!)
15th International Festival
ProgrammeCONCERTS 9 – 17 August 2019
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
NOTE: CONCERT, “SAUL”, 15 August relocated to SEILLANS
Festival BOX OFFICE now closed ONLINE. Booking now closed for 2019 summer Festival Concert tickets & passes
Festival Choir 2019
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. The choir “stage” ran from 9 -18 August 2019.
Invitation to new & returning singers: enrolment for good and experienced singers from all over Europe opens in December to join the summer Festival Choir.
Meanwhile, please consider joining the 2019 autumn choir in Kent (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 tutor 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 orchestra’s principal concert in recent summer is James Lowe.
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
The 2019 Autumn Musique-Cordiale weekend in Kent, GB, featuring 3 CONCERTS that include 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 and fabulous accompanied singing over 3 days in NEWNHAM & FAVERSHAM. Details available here now
Autumn online Box Office opens 15 September 2019. (Choir booking information here: choir 14-17 November incl)
Festival curtain-raiser- Gala Dinner & Soirée musicale
5 August 2019 & again in 2020
Tickets sold out quickly this summer for our popular annual fund-raising evening and Festival launch event – with wine, dinner and music at the lovely Moulin de Camandoule, between Seillans and Fayence. So please book early to join us on in early August 2020 if you can!
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.