A musical summer for everyone with the Orange Foundation

We are supporting and encouraging 25 music festivals, from some of the best-established to others which are just emerging. We maintain our ambition to choose festivals which take artistic risks in their programming and show audacity in their choice of work. Festivals of new work also offer opportunities to young, promising artists.

Festival In the gardens of William Christie 2017Amateurs of opera should visit the Festival de Beaune to discover the great Baroque operas of Lully and Rameau, directed by top European conductors. Then, they should head to the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence to re-visit Carmen or Don Juan. Finally, they can visit the Chorégies d’Orange, which is presenting Aida, Rigoletto and Verdi in the magnificent ancient theatre.


festival des Abbayes en LorraineAnyone with a love for Renaissance, Baroque and classical music should book a ticket for the where they will find L’Arpeggiata and Christina Pluhar, Jordi Savall, Jean Christophe Spinozi… Meanwhile, the Festival des Abbayes en Lorraine has put together ten exceptional concerts around the theme of “enchantment and curiosity” from Monteverdi’s Vespers to Mozart’s The Magic Flute.


For two years, we have been supporting the young Festival 1001 Notes in Limousin which programmes twenty concerts in rural areas and found spaces, including so many musical solos, duos, trios, quartets and quintets.

Normandy has an itinerant festival too with Les Musicales de Normandie which produces around thirty concerts of Romantic and choral music in Varangéville, Rouen, Jumièges, and Fécamp amongst others.

We also support musical innovation and new work with the Festival Messian à la Meije which gives pride of place to 20th-century and contemporary composers.

festival de RocamadourDiscover this new festival supported by our Foundation too, the Festival de Rocamadour with its programme of seven centuries of music from Purcell to Fauré in five exceptional heritage locations in Dordogne. Further south, you will find the Festival du Périgord Noir which supports the development of young artists through its musical academy.


les escales de saint-nazaireAmateurs of jazz and world music should look out for the where Patty Smith, Mathieu Chedid, Imany, Camille, and others will delight thousands of fans at the end of July.
Marseilles will host the
Festival de Jazz des cinq continents which programmes some of the biggest names in jazz at well as young, emerging talent. We have also just started supporting the Festival Mozaiques in Le Havre, which organizes a world music festival in its hanging gardens with Irish, Japanese, African and American artists.


This musical Tour de France wouldn’t be complete without discovering a unique festival. So treat yourself to a trip to the William Christie Gardens in Vendée, an event devoted to gardens and music, or the Festival de Sablé-sur-Sarthe which we are supporting for the development of its young singers’ academy which takes place at the end of August.


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