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Music: free live concert with Cordes en Ciel

Thursday 9 September 2021 18:00-19:00

Join us as we welcome the musical ensemble Cordes en Ciel, with soprano Héloïse Bernard and lutenist Kristiina Watt, for a live event at the Institut français d’Ecosse in partnership with Live Music Now Scotland.

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Cordes en Ciel
with soprano Héloïse Bernard and lutenist Kristiina Watt

Thursday 9 September 2021 at 6:00pm

Classical Music Live Concert


Please note that booking in advance is necessary.
Wearing a face-covering remains mandatory in the performance space


About Cordes en Ciel

Ensemble Cordes en Ciel is formed of soprano Héloïse Bernard and lutenist Kristiina Watt. The duo met in Glasgow while studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, drawn together by a shared interest in the intimate and text-driven performance medium of the lute song and baroque monody. Alongside vocal works, the programmes feature solos on the renaissance lute, theorbo and baroque guitar.

Originally from Paris, where she completed a Masters in French Literature and a curriculum in Drama, Héloïse pursued her musical education in the Netherlands, Estonia, and lastly at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Her particular taste for early repertoire, as well as her « pure, light soprano » and « beguiling » presence, led her to sing Dido in Dido and Aeneas by Purcell with the Young Northern Baroque ensemble in Tallinn, Estonia; Amore, in Monterverdi’s Incoronazione di Poppea with the company OrQuesta in London, and Iris in John Eccles’ Semele with the Academy of Ancient Music, conducted by Julian Perkins. She collaborates with chamber groups such as the Spinacino Consort and the Linarol consort of viols. Also commited to singing contemporary works, she collaborates closely with composers such as Electra Perivolaris and Ryland Gleave.

Kristiina Watt is currently studying at The Guildhall School with lutenists William Carter and David Miller. Previously she studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of Glasgow. Kristiina works regularly as a continuo player and accompanist. Recent work has included debuts with the Academy of Ancient Music, performing Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ with Rachel Podger at Barbican Hall, and The English Concert, performing the works of Vivaldi and Alessandro Scarlatti with Elizabeth Watts at the Buxton International Festival. Her 2021 summer performances also included several concerts at the Brighton Early Music Festival playing with ensemble Lux Musicae London and The Fieri Consort. In summer 2021 Kristiina was involved both as a theorbist and singer in making a film version of Francesca Caccini’s opera ‘Il liberazione di Ruggiero’ at the Brighton Early Music Festival Early Opera project.

Kristiina and Héloïse are looking forward to a tour of Scotland in Spring 2022 organised by Live Music Now Scotland and Chamber Music Scotland.

Musical Programme: The garden of harmonies

This programme displays the inspiration and comfort poets have found In the natural world. The various songs explore the role of gardens and nature as a place of refuge from the world either due to melancholy or as a pleasurable diversion. The songs from 17th century England and France are paired with solos for the theorbo by composers from the court of Louis XIV.

Programme includes music by composers Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Michel Lambert, Robert de Visee, Etienne le Moine, Sebastien le Camus, Henry Purcell, Nicholas Lanier and Maurice Greene.

Booking in advance is advised.
Please book your seat online or contact us at 0131 285 6030 to reserve your seats.

Access Details
Institut français d’Ecosse, Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard (1st Floor)
West Parliament Square
Edinburgh EH1 1RF
The IFE and its Salle Emilienne Moreau-Evrard are fully accessible with step-free access.

Face coverings are mandatory to move around the building. A one-way system is in place throughout the building with an entrance via George IV Bridge only and exit via West Parliament Square. Hand sanitizers are also available in the building.
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