The Institut français du Royaume-Uni offers a wide range of classical music events throughout the year. You can attend recitals, live opera broadcasts from the Aix-en-Provence festival and the Opéra National de Paris, cinema-concerts, kids’ concerts in partnership with Cavatina Chamber Music Trust, gala concerts, and festivals.
The Institut français also supports French classical and contemporary classical music in the UK through the Bureauexport, and the Franco-British fund for contemporary classical music Diaphonique.
The creation of Diaphonique, a Franco-British fund for contemporary classical music, is due to the determination of a group of institutions and music enthusiasts eager to develop Franco-British exchange in the domain of contemporary classical music. The project finally took off in December 2010 thanks to financial support from SACEM (Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique), the Institut français du Royaume-Uni and its Trust and sponsors, as well as the French Music Export Office. Later, the French Ministry of Culture, the British Council and the Société Générale became partners of Diaphonique. The Institut français du Royaume-Uni has been commissioned by the different partners to manage the fund.
Diaphonique is aimed at music professionals: orchestras, ensembles, concert halls, operas, festivals and music conservatories. Diaphonique intends to support their projects – concerts, commissions, masterclasses – and to enable them to multiply exchanges between France and the UK. A first call for projects was launched in the first half of 2011.
Supported by a prestigious honorary committee which brings together several key players in the field of contemporary classical music (Thomas Adès, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, George Benjamin and Marc-André Dalbavie), and an artistic committee made up of reputed professionals, Diaphonique now aims to develop its activities and associate itself with larger projects.
Diaphonique official website: www.diaphonique.org