(Information about singing The Messiah at the weekend in Kent 2017, 24-16 November 2017 is still available HERE There will be an equivalent event in Britain in autumn 2018).
Summer Festival 2018 – choir enrolment information
Choral workshop 2018: Friday 3 – Sunday 12 August
Applications from accomplished singers to join (or rejoin) the 2018 Festival choir are open. Look out for our EARLY BIRD ** deals & discounts (& for special prices for singers from Provence*).
We invite new and returning members to join the 2018 Festival Choir and enjoy a 9 night stay in Provence to perform Haydn’s ‘THE SEASONS’ (with orchestra) plus an exciting programme of a cappella singing. Choir participation includes 8 days of rehearsal and performances under the baton of Graham Ross, Director of Music at Clare College Cambridge and in the company of fantastic soloists with the chance to meet and share special moments with friends, old and new, under the sublime sunshine of the Pays de Fayence! This means that it can be hot during the days but we rehearse in modern air-conditioned comfort and perform in lovely acoustic medieval churches. Access to pools and lakes, local restaurants and the beautiful historic towns and countryside of the Var is part of the Musique Cordiale experience but we provide delicious al fresco dinners with abundant wine and try to match accommodation to suit your preferences and budget. During your stay, you can also enjoy numerous other festival concerts – orchestral, chamber music, recitals and even a little jazz.
- Friday 3 August: Choir arrival during the day. Orchestra & Academy concert at 7pm in Seillans church
- Saturday 4 August: Rehearsals start (morning and or late afternoon)
- Daily: evening and/or lunchtime concerts
- An evening a cappella concert performance by the choir
- A first (Thursday) evening concert performance of The Seasons (with orchestra and soloists)
- Saturday 11 August: Final Performance, The Seasons 2 (with orchestra & soloists), Fayence Church
- Saturday 11 August: Final dinner
- Sunday 12 August: Choir departure
How to apply
- Download the two application forms (click here for 2018 choir application forms): Part 1 is to be completed by the person making the reservation with payment details. Complete a Part 2 form to provide personal details for each individual participant.
- If you are applying on behalf of several people, please complete Part 1 and ask each participant to complete Part 2.
- Submit your completed application forms either by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: Musique Cordiale, Norfolk Cottage, The Street, Newnham, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 0LL, GB – and pay your deposit or the full amount due (payment options below).
- Although we do not include travel to the Pays de Fayence in our fees, we can include you in the Eurostar/train transport we book well in advance for orchestra players. This is available on request IF YOU ARE AN EARLY BOOKER or eligible for an ‘early-bird’ discount (see below).
2018 Choir Repertoire
- Oratorio: The Seasons, Haydn
- a cappella works – programme tbc
2018 Booking & Payment deadlines
- 31 December 2017: Early bookers (A)**: book by & pay the minimum deposit by 31 December 2017 to get 20% off your participation fee (for anyone who pays the minimum deposit)
- 31 December 2017: Super-early Double discount (B1)**: book & PAY IN FULL (including an accommodation package) by 31 December 2017 (and be assured of no later currency surcharges)
- 31 January 2018: Early-bird discount (B2)** – pay FULL BALANCE by 31 January 2017 (and no later currency surcharges)
- 31 March 2018: Applications and deposits due by 31 March 2018 (Easter) but please send them as early as possible before then.
- 30 April 2018: Final balance due: All payments for participation or accommodation (including accompanying partners) due by 30 April 2018 (or per invoice)
(NOTE: Anyone paying the minimum relevant deposit by 31 December 2017 can qualify for the ‘Early booker’ discount. To qualify for either ‘early-bird full payment discounts’ – B1 or B2: you cannot have both – your payment must include an accommodation package. You CAN combine discounts A & B)
Participation & accommodation choices
On the application form you will find the various participation options. We have tried our best to hold down prices (in Euros) as much as possible; but covering costs is more difficult than ever and big recent currency shifts mean that the GBPound equivalents are unavoidably higher in 2018. All participants (including non-participating partners taking meals) are required to become members (unless subscription has already been paid for 2018, i.e. since the 2017 Festival). We would be delighted if you decide to become a Friend or Donor; the benefits can be found here here and monthly or annual direct debit payments are available via our UK charity, The Musique Cordiale Trust. Running the festival is expensive and we receive only very limited public funds (14% of our costs). Please help us to meet our essential annual funding target for the charity of £40,000 this year.
Important: Please also read the full Terms & Conditions for participants before making your reservation. Please note that, (as explained in our invitation to join the choir this year) to make things simpler for you and to avoid your paying for things you may not need, participation fees do NOT include concert tickets or evening meals, which will be on sale separately after the Programme is released at Easter.
Please pay via one of the following methods – we prefer online banking/bank transfer!
- Internet banking/bank transfer using the details below
- Credit or debit card (using the application form)
- Cheque (payable to Musique Cordiale) and posted to: Musique Cordiale, Norfolk Cottage, The Street, Newnham, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 0LL, UK
- Direct debit (monthly or annual in GB pounds) – to be a Friend or Donor only (You can do this online here).
Please note: if the pound sinks significantly further against the Euro between when you book and when you make pay in full, we reserve the right to add a reasonable GBP surcharge to the amount charged – to anyone who has not yet paid in full.
UK tax-payers are invited to download and complete a Gift Aid declaration for their contributions as Friends or Donors. (Participation fees, accommodation, tickets & membership are not ‘Gift-Aidable’ )
Online banking / bank transfer in euros €*
Adresse: 217, Chemin des Moulins, 83440 Seillans, France
Banque: HSBC France
IBAN: FR76 3005 6002 4802 4800 0709 222
BIC (Swift): CCFRFRPP
Online banking / bank transfer in GB pounds £*
Account name: Musique Cordiale Services Ltd
Sort code: 23-14-70 Account number: 11003522
Reference: Your name, choir/invoice number if possible
* any bank or commission charges are your responsibility