3 Autumn Concerts in Kent, 15-17 Nov 2019

Faversham: Saturday evening Musique Cordiale MESSIAH

Musique-Cordiale weekend in Faversham & Newnham

Musique Cordiale weekend of Song – choral, orchestral & chamber music in Kent

3 concerts in Newnham and Faversham  SUMMARY:

Musique Cordiale in Kent 2019 FLYER

Gradually the heat and musical memories of the magnificent 2019 festival in Provence have ebbed. But we are planning another weekend of ‘music & rencontre cordiale’  in November.  Graham Ross (director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge and our choral maestro in the summer over several years) is conducting again and we will have, as usual, a Musique Cordiale orchestra made up of terrific players (though on a smaller scale than in the Festival  – to suit Handel’s original idea for the Messiah).  We are thrilled that two of this summer’s soloists, Dima Bawab and Freddie Long, will be joining us as well as Aidan Coburn, a favourite from last year, and we are excited to welcome Katie Bray, audience prize winner at the Cardiff Singer of the World 2019, who joins us for the Mezzo role this time. Our orchestra is again led by Colette Overdijk, currently of the City of Birmingham Symphony, and she will perform with other familiar Musique-Cordiale musicians in a Mozart String Quartet on Friday when the choir will also sing an international a capella selection as well as the Messiah on Saturday. Our final concert also features Dima and Aidan, accompanied by the formidable pianist, Toby Hession, and is in honour of Sir Roger Moate, a great supporter of Musique Cordiale who hosted our musicians after the Faversham concert in 2018 but who died this Spring. The concert takes place in the lovely Assembly Rooms whose restoration was one of his achievements (along with the peel of bells in Newnham church). Not everyone agreed with his position on Europe but he was a lovely and loyal friend of Faversham, Newnham and of Musique-Cordiale.

  • Fri evening 15 Nov  ” A cappella” delights from the Festival Choir, director Graham Ross (Church of St Peter & St Paul, NEWNHAM);
  • Sat evening, 6 Nov  Handel’s MESSIAH, conducted by Graham Ross, music director, Clare College, Cambridge with the Festival Choir and its fabulous Orchestra, and with some of the most talented young soloists currently to be found singing in Britain (St Mary of Charity Church, FAVERSHAM);
  • Sun morning, 17 Nov RECITAL in memory of Sir Roger Moate:   Dima Bawab, soprano, & Aidan Coburn, tenor, with Toby Hession, piano: SEE BELOW for full details of this lovely Sunday morning event  (Assembly Rooms, FAVERSHAM)
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SCHEDULE details for this year’s 3 AUTUMN CONCERTS

full concert details & schedule below. Download flyer HERE for concert details & biographies of artists

  • Friday, 15 November 2019 19:30 (7:30PM)

CONCERT 1: NEWNHAM – A String Quartet & a cappella delights
FREE-ENTRY PUBLIC CONCERT – no advance booking
Mozart String Quartet “The Hunt” No 17 in Bflat K458
Colette Overdijk, Suzanne Swainson, violins, James Swainson, viola, Molly McWirther, cello
” A cappella” delights from the Festival Choir

GABRIEL FAURÉ Cantique de Jean Racine
ROBERT RAMSEY How are the mighty fallen
OLA GJEILO Northern lights
EDWARD BAIRSTOW The oak and the ash
PERCY GRAINGER Irish Tune from County Derry ‘Danny Boy’
JAMES ERB Shenandoah
MORTEN LAURIDSEN O magnum mysterium

The Musique Cordiale Festival Chorus, conducted by Graham Ross
(Church of St Peter & St Paul, NEWNHAM, ME9 0LL, Kent)

  • Saturday, 16 November 2019 19:30 (7:30 PM)

CONCERT 2FAVERSHAM church – Messiah

Handel’s MESSIAH

Dima Bawab, soprano;
Katie Bray, mezzo;
Aidan Coburn, tenor;
Frederick Long, bass

conducted by Graham Ross, music director, Clare College, Cambridge,
with the Musique Cordiale Festival Choir and Orchestra (leader Colette Overdijk),

(Church of St Mary of Charity, FAVERSHAM, Kent, ME13 8GZ)

  • Sunday, 17 November 2019, 11:30 AM

    CONCERT 3: FAVERSHAM:  Recital: Songs, Arias & Duets & piano


“A Concert for Roger” – Recital in memory of Sir Roger Moate: a collection of songs and opera arias

MOZART “Deh vieni non tardr” , “L’ho perduto”, “Una donna a quindici’anni”
LEHAR “Dein ist mein Ganzes Herz”
PUCCINI “O mio Babbino caro”
DELIBES “Les filles de Cadix”
BERNSTEIN  “Tonight tonight”
ROSSINI “Ecco ridente in cielo”
CILEA  “E la solita storia”
DONIZETTI  “Una furtive lagrima”
ROGERS & HAMMERSTEIN “Some enchanted evening”

Dima Bawab soprano
Aidan Coburn

MENDELSSOHN Prelude & Fugue in E minor Op. 35 No. 1
CHOPIN Nocturne in C Minor Op. 48 No. 1

Toby Hession piano

(Assembly Rooms, FAVERSHAM, ME13 8PG)

Newnham – Friday evening MC choral concert 2018

The Musique Cordiale autumn weekend in Kent is organised by the Musique-Cordiale International Festival & Academy, which principally offers an exciting 2-week summer festival of classical music, song, oratorio and opera, set in medieval hill towns in Provence. The weekend in Kent features some of the artists, musicians and the choir and orchestra of the annual summer festival which has taken place in France for the past 15 years. This weekend in Kent is also a long-standing set of events, first staged in 2005 (with the Bach B Minor Mass in Faversham church) and recently annually with 3 concerts each November. The organisers live locally.

full concert details & schedule below: download flyer HERE for concert details & biographies of artists

Information from Pippa Pawlik, artistic director:   pippa@musique-cordiale.com    +44 (0)7976 301443
(information & enrolment forms for our performers: available online HERE – closing date 25 October 2019)


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