2022 summer choir in Kent (+updates)

Initial choir information for summer 2022 was HERE

Please join or rejoin us this summer to sing!

(see choir updates and information below: 28/6/22)

Musique-Cordiale in Kent:

Concerts 29 July – 3 August 2022

This year’s magnum opus will be:

Gioachino Rossini‘s Petite messe solennelle (Little solemn mass)

(not notably little or solemn, actually!)
To be conducted by Graham Ross, Music Director of Clare College, Cambridge, whom we are thrilled to have back to direct and inspire the choir and orchestra for another year, with soloists to be announced, to be accompanied by piano & accordion, to be performed in Doddington Place Gardens – with a little amplification and cover for performers, as required.

We would again like to invite and welcome good and/or experienced singers to join or rejoin the
Musique-Cordiale Festival Choir in Kent, GB this summer. Please contact us if you are interested (or can recommend others!) We still need and are keen to welcome more good /experienced singers (all voices). Please contact us or recommend others!


(Daily from 28 July but we know that some of you have to miss one or two to fit your schedules) start at 2:30 PM on Thursday 28 July.
Detailed rehearsal & choir timetable to follow

MUSIC & Editions

Please obtain your own copies or contact us (or check with others on the Musique-Cordiale Choir WhatsApp group, which we encourage you to join – contact us for an invitation) if you have difficullties
Rossini: Petit Messe Solennelle: Bärenreiter edition, if possible please, or Novello, which is cheaper. (Other repertoire info to follow).
Other works for the choir this time: After due consultation, Pippa and Graham have decided upon an a cappella programme:

  • Sethus Calvisius: Singet dem Herrn (please contact Pippa, artistic director, for the sheet music for this)
  • Vaughan Williams: Serenade to music with piano & violinOxford University Press (OUP) edition
  • J S Bach: Singet dem Herrn: preferably Bärenreiter edition

We hope this will please our singers and audiences alike.  The Calvisius was Graham’s idea and the Serenade came from Owen  Hanmer in this, the VW centenary. How could we argue?!? We will provide details of how to obtain this music soon.

Please enrol ASAP! And, especially, book accommodation too (sorry: we are organising.

ARRIVE for…. the first rehearsal: Newnham church, ME9 0LL, starting at 2:30PM on Thursday 28 July (or later, as arranged…).


We are providing one meals per days this time, every days from 28 July – 3 August, incl (book when you enrol or update/add to your booking by contacting Jonathan.

Note: we are serving evening meals on all days except Saturday 30 July when we are serving lunch instead as follows:
– Thurs 28 July: dinner at 8PM in Newnham after 6:30PM Festival launch event (music & drinks) – see Concert Programme here.
– Fri 29 July: dinner (9PM approx) in Faversham Assembly Rooms after 7PM evening concert
– Sat 30 July: lunch at about 1PM in Newnham (no dinner)
– Sun 31 July: dinner at about 9:30PM after concert at Doddington Place Gardens
– Mon 1 Aug: dinner (9PM approx) in Faversham Assembly Rooms after 7PM evening concert
– Tues 2 Aug: dinner (9PM approx) in Faversham Assembly Rooms after 7PM evening concert
– Wed 3 Aug: dinner at about 9:30PM in Newnham after concerts (3PM, 5:30PM & 7PM) in Doddington Place Gardens
Please ensure that we know food preferences / special requirements for choir members and your guests
Preliminary CHOIR INFORMATION was here. Late May email to past and recent choir follows. PLEASE ENCOURAGE GOOD SINGERS TO JOIN US!

Summary enrolment information for the choir appears here – with updates. Full enrolment/pricing details can be found on the enrolment form below)

 CHOIR participation fee: £200 (see discounts) + Member/Friend subscription
7-day evening meal deal: £175
See enrolment form for details and options. Please try to find  and book your own accommodation this year (we will try to help you). Accompanying partners and friends welcome – please pay just for membership & meals!


In 2022, our 18th year, we regret that we were not yet ready (planning has to begin the previous autumn) to return to France this summer (though some of our younger musicians and organisers are on hand to try to achieve that in 2023. Instead, we are following the pattern set In 2021, when we re-emerged… with a smaller but no less exciting mini-festival, which took place mainly out of doors in Kent GB, 29 July-5 August 2021including Mozart Requiem & Vivaldi Gloria
(and a lovely varied concert in Faversham in December)

So, for this year, we hope that you will now join or re-join us for rehearsals, concerts and much conviviality, 28 July – 4 August 2022.

2022 Summer Choir booking form is BELOW:
Please enrol ASAP (and please reserve your accommodation independently ASAP too).

closing date for choir enrolment and payment: 10 June 2022

  Meanwhile, if you are free and nearby, do consider coming to our exciting special Jubilee concert on 4 June 2022, featuring the Musique-Cordiale Festival Orchestra, conducted by Graham Ross and some of our favorite soloists and tunes in a lovely familiar setting!  

Any problems or questions? Please contact us:
jonathan@musique-cordiale (+44 7970 185910)    OR    pippa@musique-cordiale.com (+44 7976 301443)