Festival International et Académie

Telegraph, Michael White

Almost a miniature Dartington with better weather, Musique Cordiale is now in its sixth year.

The concerts involve big choirs drawn from amateur singers from both sides of the Channel who do it as a music holiday, alongside rising young professionals who do it for experience. Everybody eats communally en plein air.

The concerts, which get packed and emotional, run in Seillans, Mons, Bagnols and other characterful hill-towns of the region. This year there’s Fauré’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Salve Regina, and a lot of baroque orchestral music. Plus a production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, under the stars in Seillans town square that, if it’s anything like last year’s Marriage of Figaro, will be pure magic.



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