The London Festival of Baroque Music (which has just drawn to a close for 2017) is delighted to announce the appointment of French conductor Sébastien Daucé as Guest Artistic Director for the 2018 Festival. Sébastien will be working alongside the Festival Team to help create a dynamic programme based around the music of the French Baroque. Following the departure of Lindsay Kemp as Artistic Director after 10 years in post, the Festival is adopting a new approach from 2018. Rather than a resident Artistic Director, the Festival will instead feature a different Guest Artistic Director each year who will be invited to help devise a Festival which plays to their strengths and interests.
One of the highlights of the 2018 Festival will be Sébastien directing his own Ensemble Correspondances in the UK premiere of their realisation of Charpentier’s ‘Histoires sacrées’ (featuring the staging of Vincent Huguet) at St John’s Smith Square on Thursday 17th May 2018. There will also be a celebration of the 350th anniversary of the birth of François Couperin. Further Festival themes and programmes will be announced at the 2018 Festival launch in January 2018.
Organist, harpsichordist and musicologist Sébastien Daucé specialises in the music of the French Baroque. He formed Ensemble Correspondances whilst still a student at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon, where he studied harpsichord and basso continuo. Ensemble Correspondances are one of France’s leading early music groups, having performed at many leading festivals around the world. They record for the Harmonia Mundi label and are resident at the Théâtre de Caen and the MC2 Grenoble.
Sébastien Daucé, Guest Artistic Director for the London Festival of Baroque Music 2018, says “As a French musician, I am very honoured and happy to work as Guest Artistic Director for the next LFBM. Together with the great masterpieces of the Baroque, I would like very much to help you discover lesser known pieces that are real treasures of the Grand Siècle. Follow us in this journey!”
Mark Stadler, Chairman of the London Festival of Baroque Music says “We are delighted to welcome Sébastien Daucé to London for next year’s Festival. Sébastien has a flair for creating programmes which are engaging and entertaining whilst showing deep artistic integrity. We look forward to a compelling programme flavoured with French flair at the London Festival of Baroque Music in 2018.”
Richard Heason, Director of St John’s Smith Square, says “Over the past year I have had the privilege of attending a number of performances given by Sébastien Daucé and Ensemble Correspondances. The intense intimacy Sébastien manages to create within the ensemble is extraordinary. The playing and singing is captivating from first note to final bar. We are delighted to welcome him to the London Festival of Baroque Music in 2018.”