Programme & BOX OFFICE, Summer 2022

Summer 2022: another 7 days of concerts in Faversham & the beautiful Downs of Kent

For autumn concerts in Faversham, Kent, please click HERE

Musique-Cordiale Summer Festival in Kent: 28 July – 3 August 2022

Concerts will take place in Faversham Assembly Rooms, churches in Doddington and Newnham & in Doddington Place Gardens,
culminating in the magnificent Rossini Petit Messe Solennelle

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PROGRAMME summer 2022  

 JUBILEE:
4 June 2022:
Doddington Place Gardens Jubilee Proms concert MC jubilee concert 4 June 2022
 FESTIVAL: 28 July – 3 August
, Newnham, Faversham & Doddingtonsee below

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Festival Programme & ONLINE BOX-OFFICE

Book your concert tickets & passes here

TICKETS   Please follow the links (ticket options) below to BOOK ONLINE (you can also book by phone – see below)
OR you can buy an all-concert season pass HERE

When you book online, you can:
EITHER pay online by card and, on confirmation, you will receive an e-ticket or can print a ticket at home.
OR you can reserve and agree to pay later by online banking or by cash or card at the door.

Any problems: please contact us: jonathan@musique-cordiale.com (tel: 0797-1234-195)
Please note:  the programme may be subject to small changes. We cannot reimburse tickets except if a whole concert is cancelled.

THURSDAY 28 JULY 6.30pm – 7:30PM      FREE: Do join us!
Church of St Peter & St Paul, NEWNHAM
, ME9 0LL
Launch of Festival 2022 – open event: FREE
 Music and Drinks for locals and supporters
Our supporters, members and local people are invited to join us for an introductory hour half-hour of music followed by drinks. No tickets required!

As a preview of things to come, we will perform a Sonata for 2 violins by Handel and a Flute Quartet by Mozart, all of which will last about 30 minutes. Drinks on the house, as well as the famous Pimms from Newnham (Mr Pimm was a local resident)
*Note: residents of Doddington & Newnham are also invited to enjoy this event AND the concert in Doddington Church at 3PM on 31 August for FREE

FRIDAY 29 JULY 7pm
Tickets: Adults £25, over 80s and students under 26 half-price, under 13s FREE:  

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ASSEMBLY ROOMS FAVERSHAM, ME13 8PG

Opening Festival Orchestral Concert: JOY OF THE BAROQUE AND CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA

  HANDEL – Concerto Grosso Opus 3 No 1
  C P E BACH – CELLO CONCERTO IN A MAJOR   Sophie Haynes cello
   J S BACH – BRANDENBURG CONCERTO NO 4 Oliver Cave violin, Ruth Harrison & Jack Welch flute
   HAYDN – SYMPHONY No 49 ‘La Passione’

Handel’s Concerti Grossi contain some of the finest writing for small orchestra, being as wonderful to play as to listen to. This virtuoso concerto for cello written in the classical style by CPE Bach, (the second son of JS Bach) clearly shows the transition from the Baroque to the new era. Bach’s lively Brandenburg concerto for 2 flutes and a brilliant solo violin will fill you with joy. Finally, one of Haydn’s early symphonies full of Sturm und Drang is a perfect example of his genius, wit and imagination

Musique Cordiale Festival Ensemble
Conductor GRAHAM ROSS


SATURDAY 30 JULY 7pm
Tickets: Adults £20
, over 80s and students under 26 half-price, under 13s FREE:  

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ASSEMBLY ROOMS FAVERSHAM, ME13 8PG

SONG RECITAL – SONGS, ARIAS, DUETS AND MUSICALS
 Works for tenor, soprano & cello

Including : DOWLAND, PURCELL, SCHUMANN, ROGERS & HAMMERSTEIN, TOSTI, BRITTEN & MOZART as well as SONGS from the MUSICALS
Aidan Coburn tenor 
& Jacqueline Turner soprano
Will Harris cello, Rebecca Taylor piano
 

Soprano Jacqueline Turner and tenor Aidan Coburn will sing songs from some of the most beautiful repertoire for the voice. This will include works by Purcell, Handel, Tosti, Mozart, Debussy and include duets as well as some famous opera arias. Finally, songs from the musicals will delight you all.

SUNDAY 31 JULY 3pm
Tickets: Adults £20
, over 80s and students under 26 half-price, under 13s FREE *:  

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Church of the Beheading of St John the Baptist, DODDINGTON, ME9 0BD

Sunday afternoon Choral concert – CHORAL GEMS IN AN IDYLLIC CHURCH – AND A CELLO

  CALVISIUS – SINGET DEN HERRN
 A work (tbc) for solo cello Will Harris cello
 
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS – SERENADE TO MUSIC + solo soprano, alto, tenor, bass

  J S BACH – SINGET DEN HERRN

For many people, the sound of a choir in an ancient church is one of the most glorious experiences. This concert embraces the beauty of Bach’s a cappella as well as Vaughan Williams sublime Serenade to Music accompanied by piano and violin. Will Harris will play a work for cello to end the concert.

Musique Cordiale Festival Choir
Conductor GRAHAM ROSS

*Note: residents of Doddington & Newnham are invited to enjoy this concert in Doddington Church at 3PM for FREE;
it would be helpful if you could book your free tickets online beforehand.
This concert will be followed by refreshments or drinks in Doddington Church.
Why not then head to Doddington Place with your picnic for an hour of gentle Swing/Jazz at 5.30pm before the concert at 7p?

SUNDAY 31 JULY 5:30PM
(FREE for evening or all-day ticket-holders)

Doddington Place Gardens, ME9 0BB
 Musique Cordiale ‘Cocktail Lounge’
SWING & JAZZ BAND   Terry Seabrook keyboard, Sean Law double bass, Tristan Fry drums

Ease into the gardens at Doddington Place with your glass or cuppa and enjoy these extraordinary musicians on piano, bass and drums. Terry Seabrook is well known for his versatility as a jazz pianist AND teacher. Tristan Fry was a founder member of the group Sky with John Williams, has recorded the music for all the James Bond movies and played with the Beatles. Sean Law is in demand both as an electric bass player, and as a classical player and is passionate about music education.
Gardens open from 5PM on 31 July after the previous concert in Doddington church: Bring a picnic, tables, chairs, rugs, umbrellas and enjoy the sublime setting!

SUNDAY 31 JULY 7pm
Tickets: Adults £25
, over 80s and students under 26 half-price, under 13s FREE:  

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DODDINGTON PLACE GARDENS, ME9 0BB

SUNDAY EVENING ORCHESTRAL CONCERT

  HANDEL – CONCERTO GROSSO OPUS 6 no 7*
BACH CONCERTO FOR 2 VIOLINS Oliver Cave, Emma Purslow solo violins
  TELEMANN – HORN CONCERTO Henry Wright horn
 
KROMMER CONCERTO FOR 2 CLARINETS Rachel Coe, Craig McClaren clarinet
 HAYDN SYMPHONY ‘LE MATIN’

Following Friday’s opening orchestral concert, we return to the Baroque and Classical genre. Another Handel Concerto Grosso will lift your spirits*, and you can hum along to the Bach Double concerto. Krommer’s concerto for two clarinets shows the virtuoso and melodic sound of the instruments. The concert concludes with one of the most beautiful Haydn symphonies show casing solos by violin, flute, bassoon and cello. (* however, a programme substitution to include the Mozart Serenata Notturna, with Tristan Fry on drums is a possibility).

Musique-Cordiale Festival Ensemble
Conductor GRAHAM ROSS 

NOTE: ALL-DAY TICKETS are available for ALL events on Sunday 31 July 2022: (make a day of it: cheaper instead of individual concerts)
Adults £35, over 80s and students under 26 half-price, under 13s FREE. NOTE: This item will be processed separately from other tickets and will need to be ordered and paid for separately here

   Book all-day Tickets for 31 July (click HERE)


MONDAY 1 AUGUST 7pm
Tickets: Adults £20
, over 80s and students under 26 half-price, under 13s FREE:  

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ASSEMBLY ROOMS, FAVERSHAM, ME13 8PG

ACCORDION & FRIENDS

Ben de Souza accordion, Emma Purslow, Oliver Cave, violins, James Swainson viola, Sophie Haynes, cello
  PIAZZOLLA – LIBERTANGO – accordion & violin

       – OBLIVION – accordion & cello
       – AVE MARIA – accordion & violin
 MOZART – GLASSHARMONICA QUINTET – accordion & string quartet
 DVORAK – BAGATELLES – accordion, 2 violins & cello

Ben de Souza is recognised as one of the most innovative accordion players in the UK. He is also a singer and choral director. This varied programme shows the diversity of the accordion and its combination with different instruments. He is one of a growing number of British classical accordionists at the forefront of promoting the instrument in this country. His playing shows “great technical assurance and control, beautifully understated expression, and real soul.” You can hear Ben de Souza again on Wednesday, accompanying the choir for the Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle.
Venue open from 6PM on 1 August

TUESDAY 2 AUGUST 7pm
Tickets: Adults £25
, over 80s and students under 26 half-price, under 13s FREE:  

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ASSEMBLY ROOMS, FAVERSHAM, ME13 8PG

MUSICA DA CAMERA – Glorious chamber music

   SCHUBERT – QUINTET ‘THE TROUT’
Oliver Cave violin, James Swainson viola, Sophie Haynes cello, Sean Law double bass, Rebecca Taylor piano
 BEETHOVEN – SEPTET
Sophie Mather violin, James Swainson viola, Sophie Haynes cello, Sean Law double-bass, Craig McLaren clarinet, David McQueen horn, Antonia Lazenby bassoon

Two of the giants of the chamber music repertoire are featured in this concert. Schubert’s well known Trout Quintet precedes the Beethoven Septet, which is played by some of the finest chamber music players around. The sound will resonate far beyond the lovely acoustic walls of the Assembly Rooms.

WEDNESDAY 3 AUGUST 7pm
Tickets: Adults £25, over 80s and students under 26 half-price, under 13s FREE    

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DODDINGTON PLACE GARDENS, ME9 0BB

    ROSSINI – PETITE MESSE SOLENELLE

Musique Cordiale Festival Choir with soloists
Dima Bawab soprano, Claire Barnett-Jones mezzo-soprano
Aidan Coburn tenor, Johnny Herford baritone
Rebecca Taylor piano, Ben de Souza accordion

This work was written in 1863, a year before the composer’s death and 30 years since he had written his last opera. It is anything but a ‘solemn’ mass, much more operatic in style with funky tunes and rhythms. The original score was for the choir and soloists to be accompanied by piano and harmonium. We are using an Accordion to provide the unusual timbre. Playing the instrument is Ben de Souza, who is one of a growing number of British classical accordionists at the forefront of promoting the instrument. He is a regular recitalist and chamber musician performing regularly throughout the UK.
Singing the soprano solo is Jordanian-French Dima Bawab, here specially from Paris for this concert. She is an audience favourite at Musique Cordiale Festivals, concerts and our operas over the years, as is tenor solo Aidan Coburn, who also sings in our recital on 30 July and performed at our Jubilee concert on 4 June (e.g. see video on our home-page). Claire Barnett-Jones, mezzo-soprano, was a finalist and won the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize at the 2021 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Johnny Herford, baritone won the Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Competition and has a long-standing partnership with the pianist Will Vann. He also sang in our Messiah concert in Faversham in December 2018.

Conductor GRAHAM ROSS

Bring a picnic and drinks (and chairs + small tables, if you like)! Gardens open from 5 PM on 3 August.

2022 Picnic Concerts & more:  Any NEWS or updates will follow here

VENUES OPEN AN HOUR (or more) BEFORE THE CONCERTS: see above.
For outdoor concerts, you are invited to bring picnics, drinks, blankets, tables & chairs – and umbrellas and warm clothes in case.  See opening times for each event.
Note: Covid-19 variants are still active. We want to welcome you to our concerts and look forward to seeing you at all our 2022 venues, both indoors and out! But please join us (especially indoors) only if you are well and please be cautious and considerate: nothing is without risk – especially in the light of British weather!

  buy an all-concert Season Pass: £90 (members £80 max 1 pass per member £80,  80+ and F-T students under 26: £45)
Buy your season passes HERE

(NOTE: this item will be processed separately and will need to be ordered and paid for separately from tickets booked above)  

DISCOUNTS & CONCESSIONS (see booking links for each event for discounted and all tickets except season passes):
  Member discount online: 10% off all standard adult ticket prices (2 per member per concert) or season passes (1 per member)
 Children aged 12 and under can enter for FREE (accompanied by a supervising adult please)

Tickets for use by full-time students aged under 26 and all people aged 80 and over are HALF-PRICE
 Residents of the villages of Doddington and Newnham are invited to join our opening event in Newnham Church and to come for FREE (please book in advance) to the concert in Doddington Church.
(You DO still need a ticket even though there will be no charge – printed or on a phone – donations appreciated)

In addition to online booking (preferred), you can also make phone reservations or enquiries: 07976-301443 (Pippa) or 07970-185910 (Jonathan). (We will call you back if you leave a message).

 

BOX OFFICE (now closed) for our memorableJubilee concert 4 June 2022 (see programme details here)

AND…. Just a quick word while you’re here….     

PLEASE WOULD YOU CONSIDER SUPPORTING our…
2022 Essential & urgent fund-raising “Revival” campaign!

MUSIQUE CORDIALE 2005 – 2022 (so far!)

Admirable Aspirations – a 17-year record of valuable achievement in Pan-European musical and cultural exchange & education – a Labour of Love
Modest Means – especially after Covid cancellations
 

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If you value Musique Cordlale for its unique international festival and its orchestral academy for young musical talent – or its choral & singing courses, concerts and events in France and Britain,  we now desperately need your help!
Even after 17 years, it cannot continue without your support. Covid-19 left us with no income from choir subscriptions or ticket sales in 2020. We also lost almost all the expected subvention (grant-aid) support from French public funds for culture. We had applied for these for staging the musical events which we had to cancel. We reimbursed what we had received; yet many costs still have had to be met regularly as months have gone by without income. We are being brave and creative in 2021 but, with limited lead-time, ongoing and unpredictable travel restrictions and infection rates, it’s going to be VERY difficult to put on even a reduced festival, especially in Britain where we have much less history and fewer loyal supporters. In the past we have begun planning for the next festival as soon as the last one is over. Selecting the repertoire, designing the Programme, engaging artists, recruiting singers and musicians and enrolling volunteers and students takes months of advance planning, as do the arrangements for travel, accommodation, booking venues, catering and publicising our concerts. The French Musique Cordiale association, which  usually runs the festival, & The Musique-Cordiale Trust, the British charity which supports it and which is also arranging this year’s events in Britain, need you for this campaign. Between us, we must hit a £50,000 annual target – to give us the resources to plan ahead, reshape, to make savings and to re-emerge, probably in new forms but with our established emphasis on musical quality, development of young talent and European cultural exchange. Thank you to those who have helped us in the past by donating, pledging or raising money or by arranging events and inviting your friends to help. WHY NOT BECOME A FRIEND or DONOR? Or SPONSOR an event or musician? The continuing Covid restrictions have also prevented us from holding our usual pre-festival Musical Soirée, a vital fund-raiser that for 15 years enabled us to pay our way. And, sadly, courtesy of weather and other unforeseeable factors, our MEMORABLE, FABULOUS & FUN Jubilee concert, though loved by the audience & players who were there, ended up adding to our financial needs…
A huge amount of year-round, voluntary work is involved to organise the Festival and even the one-off outdoor concert that we managed in England in 2020 and the limited series of mainly-outdoor events in summer 2021 and the Faversham concert in December 2021 where Covid meant that we had to limit audience numbers. Most of the work is done by a team of dedicated volunteers, including several of our musicians and singers. Although normally supported and valued by its participants and audiences, both locally and from all over Europe, Musique Cordiale NEEDS TO REPLACE ITS LOST INCOME from ticket sales, subscriptions, some hard-won local funding in the face of shrinking public budgets for culture – Even in other years, it can be an enormous struggle to cover the costs of bringing over 100 musicians and singers from across the continent to the Pays de Fayence and accommodating and sustaining them – as well as working them hard to achieve great music together.
We hope to stage a festival again in France in 2023 – but will not neglect our audiences in Kent: we have become a 2-country enterprise in recognition of your support and enthusiasm!
Please SUPPORT US: details HERE And look out for our musical fund-raising events in Britain and France whenever we can again manage them.  We thank you for your support and understanding. In some form and at a suitable time, we promised to be back, in small steps and stages. Meanwhile, Stay healthy and safe.

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PLEASE SUPPORT US!

L’Association Musique Cordiale (association loi 1901, France, SIRET: 49346074500018),
The Musique-Cordiale Trust (charity, registered in England, no 1167732) www.musique-cordiale.org

 

Meanwhile here is a little look back….

 

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For information about our last pre-pandemic international festival, the 2019 summer Festival PROGRAMME can be downloaded HERE. Here, for information, is the 2019 Festival Flyer.


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