Correspondances’ story

Sébastien Daucé, the artistic director, and the musicians met while studying at the National Conservatory of Lyon. A dedicated collaboration blossomed to unearth rare and neglected musical treasures, revealing, through their interpretation, a whole range of emotions within these works.



Since its foundation in 2009, Correspondances presents mainly 17th-century French sacred music; an era which saw produced a considerable number of masterpieces, some still unpublished, just waiting to be revived by young and passionate musicians. The first album of the ensemble, O Maria, dedicated to Charpentier and released by Zig Zag Territoires is awarded by the press: Choc Classica, Diapason Discovering and **** de Fonoforum.



The second album, L’Archange et le Lys, and the first one to be dedicated to a sacred anthology of the composer Antoine Boësset is released by Zig Zag Territoires and confirms the quality of the interpretation with a Diapason Discovering and **** Classica.


Correspondances performs in Colombia. Correspondances begins a collaboration with the Early Music Festival of Ambronay and a residency at the Festival Musique & Mémoire. The ensemble is research partner at Fondation Royaumont around the Sacred Stories of Charpentier.


The ensemble is newly released by Harmonia Mundi: the third album of the ensemble revives its ties with Charpentier: The Litanies de la Vierge is awarded by a ffff Télérama, Diapason d’Or, Choc Classica of the Year, ***** Fonoforum, and Oustanding IRR.


The fourth album rediscovers the opus of Etienne Moulinié: The Meslanges pour la Chapelle d’un Prince are awarded by Diapson Discovering, Choc Classica, Charles Cros Academy Prize, Editor’s Choice Gramophone, **** Diapason. The ensemble performs in French and European renowned festivals: Ambronay, La Chaise-Dieu, MA Festival Brugge, Royaumont, Vézelay…


In 2015, a collaboration blossomed with Sophie Karthäuser for Harmonia Mundi : the Leçons de Ténèbres de Michel-Richard De Lalande are awarded by a Choc Classica, ffff Télérama, Diapason d’Or of the Year, Best Disc of the Year De Standaard). After three years of reconstruction and research, the Concert royal de la Nuit is released for the 300 anniversary of Louis XIV’s death.

The album is recognized ass a great and significant musical rediscovery: Echo Preis World Premiere Recording of the Year, Choc Classica of the Year, Gramophone Editor’s Choice, ffff Télémara, **** Guardian, Opera Recording of the Year Limelight Magazine.

Correspondances becomes a partner at the Centre Culturel de Rencontre d’Ambronay. It performs at the opening of the Festival de Saintes, at the closing ceremony of the MA Festival de Bruges and the Royal Opera of Versailles, appears on the international stage: at the Wigmore Hall in London, at the Musikfest in Bremen, in Belgium, and in the Netherlands.


Correspondances becomes National Artistic Company within the French ensemble supported by the Ministry. The ensemble is in residence at the Théâtre de Caen and associated to the MC2 Grenoble.

The seventh album, O Mysterium,  is dedicated to unheard motets of Henry Du Mont for the young Louis XIV. The eighth album of Correspondances, the Pastorale de Noël focus on Advent liturgy and Christmas motets of Charpentier (Choc Classica, ffff Télérama, Album of the Week The Times, **** Diapason).

The Sacred Stories of Charpentier revive on stage with Vincent Huguet at Théâtre de Caen, Chapelle de Versailles, Concertgebouw Brugge and Chapelle de la Trinité in Lyon.


Asian and North-American debuts for the ensemble: Correspondances plays for the opening of the Hong Kong French May Festival, and the Boston Early Music Festival.

The second staged production of Correspondances, Le Ballet royal de la Nuit staged by Francesca Lattuada premieres in November at the Théâtre de Caen, where the ensemble is in residence.

Correspondances also plays in several prestigious European venues: MA Bruges, Barocktage in Melk, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Ambronay Festival, Amsterdam Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, London Festival of Baroque Music…


Perpetual Night, first solo recording of mezzo Lucile Richardot and with Correspondances, is released at Spring by Harmonia Mundi. The ensemble associates with Samuel Achache as stage director of this English consort songs programme that will be presented at the Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse, CDN de Lorient, Comédie de Valence…

Sébastien Daucé is artistic director of the London Festival of Baroque Music 2018 ; and Correspondances starts its three-season collaboration withthe  Wigmore Hall.

The ensemble’s first staged production, Histoires Sacrées, is rerun at the Chapelle Royale de Versailles in April, at St John’s Smith Square in May and at the Festival de la Chaise-Dieu in August.

At the end of the year, Correspondances plays at the Salle Bourgie in Montréal, at the New York Frick Collection, at the Boston Early Music Festival.

The Caisse des Dépôts and Mécénat Musical Société Générale are Correspondances’ main sponsors.The ensemble is also supported by the Ministry of Culture (DRAC Rhône-Alpes), the Rhône-Alpes Region, the city of Lyon.The ensemble is in residency in Ambronay (member of the Rema network),Theater of Caen, MC2 Grenoble.

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