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We have now concluded our 2019 MUSICAL PROGRAMME, including another
successful autumn series of concerts in Kent, England, in November
& the popular 15th annual Musique Cordiale Festival & Academy in Provence, France in August.
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 to continue. Even after 15 years, it cannot continue without your support. The French association & The Musique-Cordiale Trust need you for this campaign, launched on 12 September 2019. Between us, we must hit a £50,000 annual target before next summer – and preferably much 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 their friends. WHY NOT ENLIST YOUR FRIENDS TO HELP YOU?
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 by ticket sales, enrolment fees, some hard-won local funding in the face of shrinking public budgets and the generosity of a few private donors, it is nonetheless an enormous struggle to cover the costs of bringing over 100 musicians and singers to the Pays de Fayence and accommodating and sustaining them – as well as working them hard to achieve great music. Please SUPPORT US: details HERE
Early in the new year, we will announce
PROJECTED DATES and VENUES FOR EVENTS IN BRITAIN & FRANCE in 2020, featuring musicians and singers from all over Europe
(both on this website and through direct communications to all our loyal Friends and concert-goers. Please join our mailing list for updates and information).
We hope to see musicians, singers and our lovely enthusiastic audiences again in 2020 and look forward to another summer of music (Brexit and other unpredictables permitting!) and another autumn in Kent GB too. We are even thinking of putting on something in the Spring too!
(The information below relates to the past year, 2019).
2019 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
2019 festival: outline programme here now.
Summer Festival BOX OFFICE now closed ONLINE for 2019
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 2020 summer Festival Choir. In September each year, we invite singers to join the 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 and playing over 3 days in NEWNHAM & FAVERSHAM. Details here
Autumn online Box Office now closed. (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.