Salon Musical recreates the social gatherings that took place in Paris and other European capitals during the 19th century
Created by pianist Marc Verter and tenor Daniel Turner our team brings together a young cast of highly talented musicians and actors alongside stage directors and costume makers to bring the spirit, elegance and glamour of 19th century Parisian Salons to modern audiences.
Our musical events aim to present the enticing atmosphere and music from this golden age whilst engaging with a 21st century audience through an immersive production.
Salon Musical takes down common barriers between artist and spectator, stage and setting. Our aim is to link the past with the present, engage with new audiences and make them feel part of the creative process.
Salon Musical is designed to be performed in private homes, small venues or galleries. The programmes can be tailored to hosts’ wishes and personal choice. Each Salon is unique and bespoke, a distinctive original production.
Do enjoy browsing our website to get a flavour of our musical offerings. Please do get in touch with Marc or Dan to discuss our flagship show Chez Madame Viardot or to find out about various new themes the team is currently working on.
This Salon captures the scene of 1880s Paris at the home of celebrated singer and composer Pauline Viardot. Her Salon was not only used for casual entertainment but became a forum and stage for the works of established as well as emerging composers. In fact, this vibrant cultural and artistic meeting place is rightfully credited with launching the careers of Camille Saint-Säens, Jules Massenet, Gabriel Fauré and others.
Expect to hear music by Gabriel Fauré, Henri Duparc, Frédéric Chopin, Pauline Viardot, Edward Elgar and poetry by Charles Baudelaire
Let us introduce you to your hostess and her guests
From an evening with a Diva to an intimate piano recital, French or Spanish Salon, please choose from our selection of plays and discuss with us your ideas and wishes
Women of Opera
Having performed at all of the world’s major houses with special relationships at La Scala, Milan, and Covent Garden, Nelly Miricioiu is hailed as one of the great sopranos of our time.
With a very flexible voice and supreme acting abilities, it is no wonder that Rodney Milnes wrote in Opera Magazine ‘this extraordinary diva can sing anything and sing it well’.
Join Nelly to discover more of the characters of some of opera’s famous (and infamous!) Divas. Nelly will be joined by some of her students who are drawn from the finest young musicians about to embark on their careers. Be the first to see the emergence of the next generation of divas including those from the Young Artists’ Scheme at Covent Garden.
with Winnaretta Singer
We recreate the passion and heat of Spanish guitar music in the leisurely cool of the gardens of Spanish aristocrats. Virtuosic piano solos and traditional songs from various regions show the splendours of Spain. Projected images add to the entertainment and atmosphere.
Our hostess, Princesse de Polignac was one of this era’s most noted patron of the arts. The Princesse hosted premieres of some of the finest ever Spanish music. De Falla dedicated many works to her.
Scenes from the Mediterranean
Conjuring images of long leisurely days by the brilliant blue sea and the passions of various people this programme evokes scenes and impressions from around the med. Our destinations include Alentejo and Estremoz in Portugal, Mallorca, Seville and Cadiz in Spain, southern France, Venice and the Greek islands. Enjoy and compare the reactions of native composers and those who were holidaying in these beautiful climes.
Meet our core performers
Madeleine has been described by The Times as 'one of the UK's liveliest musical forces (and) foremost violinists’.
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Founder & Managing Director
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(Emily Harper chez Mdm Viardot)
Co-Founder & Artistic Consultant
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To find out more about our current Salon or new ventures get in touch with our directors
to discuss programme, space requirements, dates and what else might be required (a grand piano! Canapés and drinks are highly recommended).
We are very happy to adapt to suit.
Gyles Brandreth as Gyles
Marc getting into character
Guests, Host & Musician
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