Choir – sing The Messiah in Kent 2018

Handel’s MESSIAH with Graham Ross, conductor

Invitation to our choir: come and sing the Messiah with us!

Many of you have been asking – and we are sorry that we have been a bit busy since the festival in France – but here is the news about the Musique-Cordiale autumn weekend in Kent, 16-18 November 2018, again to be directed by Graham Ross, director of music, Clare College, Cambridge, and M-C choral maestro. Booking forms, which include details of prices and accommodation/food arrangements, are attached. Choir members and other experienced singers, please BOOK NOW or contact us if you have any questions or special requests. (We have again pre-booked accommodation at your favorite B&Bs: please do not try to book these independently. But please BOOK SOON, especially if you want one of our more sought-after B&B options! The same details have been sent to all of you who sang with us in 2017 and 2018. Please don’t wait. BOOK with us QUICKLY for your favoured accommodation pick!)

We are offering various meal and accommodation options, starting from Thursday 15 November. If you want to arrive before that or leave later, please contact us – and also if you need help with travel or transfers. We hope to see our singers arriving EITHER on Thursday in time to have a jolly pub-meal with us OR ready for the start of the Friday morning rehearsal at 11 AM.

(If you have not sung with MC in France or GB before, please contact us first. We welcome new members, especially if you have been recommended or have a history of quality singing in other choirs or ensembles. Occasionally we may need to arrange an audition – or a video will usually do).

Questions or special requests: CONTACT US

We look forward to another great Musique Cordiale experience together with our lovely choir and fab orchestra!

Jonathan & Pippa

BOOK HERE: Choir booking form, Musique Cordiale in Kent 2018

Musique Cordiale WEEKEND IN KENT: 16 – 18 NOVEMBER 2018

Dima Bawab, soprano
Kate Howden, mezzo-soprano
Aidan Coburn, tenor
Johnny Herford, baritone

As promised, we are planning another weekend of ‘music & rencontre cordiale’  in November.  Graham Ross is conducting again and we will have a usual Musique Cordiale orchestra made up of terrific players (Concert Ticket info HERE SOON).  The weekend will look something like this:

Thurs 15 November:

20:00 (we’ll be there for drinks from 7PM) dinner booked for early arrivals, Carpenter’s Arms, Eastling.

Friday 16 November Newnham

  • 11 AM Rehearsal, Newnham church
  • 13:30 lunch, Newnham Village Hall
  • 15:00 – 18:00  Rehearsal, Newnham church
  • 19:30 (7:30PM) CONCERT – Messiah choruses + songs with Dima Bawab, soprano, with piano accompaniment,  Newnham Church, followed by drinks with the audience and then
  • dinner  and drinks for choir and performers

Saturday 17 November Faversham

  • 11AM Rehearsal with orchestra, Faversham Church
  • 13:30: Lunch and drinks, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Faversham
  • 15:00-18:00: Rehearsal with orchestra, Faversham church
  • 18:00-19:00: Buffet with drinks, tea or coffee, QE Grammar School, Faversham
  • 19:30 (7:30PM): CONCERT (with interval wine) – The Messiah – with orchestra, choir & soloists, Faversham Chuch (of St Mary of Charity)2
  • 2:00 (10PM): Buffet supper and party with drinks (or take-away supper for departing orchestra players and soloists or anyone wishing to catch 22:37 train to Victoria)

Sunday 18 November Doddington

  • 12PM: CONCERT (with wine afterwards): Aidan Coburn (tenor) , Matthew Fletcher (piano), Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love), song cycle, Robert Schumann  – and other songs, Doddington Church
  • 13:30: Lunch & drinks, Newnham Village Hall
    and departure.
We have chosen Handel’s Messiah because it is a work most of you know and, with Graham’s magic, we will be able to put it together quickly!  Graham has the Baerenreiter Edition parts but, if you have Novello or another edition, this will not matter.
There will be a fairly intensive rehearsal day for the choir on Friday, with a sing-through at the end of the day including some of the most well-known choruses to entertain the local community.  So as to remain in the summer spirit, this will be followed by wine and food!  The orchestra and soloists will arrive on Saturday.
For those of you who require accommodation on Friday and Saturday nights, there will be the possibility to stay (as last years) in the Palace Farmhouse in Doddington or at a choice of one of the very up-market B&B’s nearby.  For those coming from afar (or if you just fancy a good evening with friends in a lovely gastro-pub), you may also choose to arrive on Thursday.
We are aware that some of you will only be able to come on Saturday because of other commitments.  This is, of course, fine – though do have a look at the notes because, despite its familiarity, the Messiah is not all that easy to sing – and you can imagine Graham’s tempi will be fairly speedy! This will have the merit that it will all end in time to catch late trains to Victoria!
We are very much looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible again in November although we know it is the start, for many of you singers, of the very busy Advent Season.


We have tried to minimise the prices but there is a lot that we have to pay for. Even with some likely help from our charity, The Musique-Cordiale Trust, which also has to preserve funds to cover student bursaries and its big contribution to support the Festival & Academy next year, the participation fee to join the choir in Kent has to cover most of our costs. These include running the events, renting spaces (with heat) and some instruments, attracting soloists, orchestra players and our popular conductor – as well as licenses and publicity. Those who came last year will remember the range of friendly accommodation options and the plentiful warming food & drink. We aim to offer the same quality and welcome again. And, like you, we do want to put on our usual high-calibre show!

You can find the details of prices and options on the booking forms. Please return the  PDF booking forms as early as possible before 15 October, especially if you want one of our more sought-after B&B options. (OR just complete simple initial ONLINE CHOIR BOOKING FORM BELOW. You can make all payment arrangements online at the same time: this will be a way to keep our records straight and to let us have your booking and any special requests as simply and quickly as possible). But, for the moment, you can just download and print off a PDF of the booking forms hereand either scan and return them by email or complete and send them off to us (with a deposit or full payment). If you have made special requests, you can send us a booking form (either online below or the PDF) and a deposit and we will do our best to match your preferences and then send you an invoice for any outstanding balance. Final payments please by 27 October 2018Please go ahead and BOOK NOW: we look forward to seeing you in Kent in November!

Payment (we prefer payment by transfer/virement/ online banking please)

  • You can send us payment with your booking form  OR
    by card or by on-line banking / transfer
  • OR Complete this online choir booking form below and pay at the same time:
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