Free Concert 13 Set 2020: Brahms Requiem en pleine aire

Brahms Requiem* in Doddington Place Gardens in Kent, England

We had hoped to be joined by some of our singers and players from elsewhere in Europe. But travel and Covid-19 restricts make that impracticable. However, GRAHAM ROSS, conductor (and director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge) and the  UK-based members of the Musique-Cordiale Festival Choir are looking forward to the rehearsals and a unique performance out of doors…. and we desperately HOPE for clement weather as we have to stand well apart and yet sing without projecting too much wind! (we have a marquee for the choir and a gazebo for the players + adjacent tearooms and loos!)

Rebecca Taylor and Richard Leach will offer 4 hands on accompanying keyboard… and singers in our choir are invited to participate. It won’t be our usual experience in the air-conditioned Salle Polyvalente in Seillans and in Seillans church in August. But it might be warmer than Faversham church in November. We also can’t have our French and German singers (not even Dima Bawab, as planned). But we are excited to have Emily Vine (soprano) and Frederick Long (bass) as soloists again.

It has been an arid year for singers and musicians as well as all live-music-lovers. FORECASTS LOOK PROMISING FOR A WARM SUNNY DAY! We just hope downpours hold off and strong winds are muted for us. But we will be flexible in the weekend schedule to make the most of what we can manage…. leading to a PERFORMANCE at about 2:30PM on Sunday afternoon, 13 September, for those who come to Doddington Park to view the lovely gardens and to witness this special occasion.

There will be no box office. We are not selling tickets but invite you to join the socially-distanced audience on well-space chairs on the lawn. All you need to do is to book to visit the lovely gardens that afternoon. You can enjoy  and tour them (in hoped-for sunshine, before, during and after the concert (contact the National Garden scheme for details).

Concert duration about 90 minutes
* to be sung in German