Programme & Box Office: Summer FESTIVAL 2021 – Kent, GB

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2021: 7 summer days of concerts in the beautiful Downs of Kent

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Picnic Concerts & more: EXCITING 2021 NEWS & UPDATE

Covid safety is important to us. Indoors we will encourage mask-wearing and limit numbers (e.g. in high-ceilinged churches), ventilated as best we can. It is possible that we may even try to move indoor performances outdoors where possible. Spacing will be up to audience members and we will actively facilitate and encourage it. Out of doors, we DO encourage people to bring your own seats/blankets (and picnic) and to sit as well dispersed as you like within earshot. Covid-19 means that our musicians will be tested and are not nearly as numerous as usual, thinned especially by rules and caution about travel from abroad. But last September showed that we can still appeal to audiences with wonderful music – even if well-spaced and a little soto voce outdoors. VENUES OPEN AN HOUR BEFRE THE CONCERTS. Please join us only if you are well but be cautious and considerate: nothing is without risk – especially in the light of British weather!

The Programme is now available for the 2021 Musique-Cordiale Festival (relocated this year from Provence because of Covid-19 this summer – and just 1 week instead of 2), to take place in Kent, GB in lieu of the Pays de Fayence, France, 29 July – 4 August 2021. Performing with the Musique-Cordiale choir and a reduced orchestra will be many exciting new soloists as well as some of our favourite returning musicians and singers, directed once more by inspiring conductor Graham Ross, director of music at Clare College, Cambridge. (see also feature article HERE)

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE ONLINE. This is the SUMMER BOX OFFICE: now closed for this season


plus Faversham Assembly Rooms
& churches in Newnham & Doddington

29 July  – 4 August 2021

You are invited to enjoy music and concerts by selecting tickets to suit you for each concert (see details for each concert for discounts or free tickets for members, local residents, people aged over 80 and full-time students aged <26)   or see below for all-season passes. You can pay by card or PayPal online now or pay at the door when you collect your ticket.
We have tried to design a Covid-safe experience this summer. Most concerts take place out of doors. Any applicable social distancing, checking-in and mask-wearing rules may still apply to the 3 indoor concerts and the use of tea rooms and toilets (of if weather requires a change in venue). We encourage you to bring clothing, blankets etc so that everyone can enjoy covid-safe music! There will be open seating – first come-first seated. There will be car parking in the park outside the Doddington Place garden gates. We regret that, this time, we have decided NOT to serve our usual free rosé wine to the audiences, comme d’habitude en Provence. But we invite you, en pleine aire,  to BYO (bring – and take away- your own refreshments) and to enjoy music in the magnificent gardens!
Thank you for your support. Do enjoy music with us in our lovely venues in Kent this summer! BYO: We will have upright (but distanced) seating directly in front of the performers at outdoor venues but you are welcome to bring (and take away) your own chairs/blankets, along with your picnic. There are plenty of trees to provide cover from sun but we will not be providing any canvas over the audience. Why not make an evening of our outdoor events in the lovely gardens?


Thursday 29 July  –   Book Concert Tickets, 29 July 2021, Newnham Church: 7PM  £0 -£15   
Newnham, Church of St Peter & St Paul, ME9 0LN
 HOFMANN: Serenade for flute & strings
Ruth Harrison, flute, Emma Puslow, violin
Joseph Fisher, viola, Tamaki Sugimoto, cello
 BEETHOVEN: Septet for clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello & double bass
Sophie Mather, violin, Joseph Fisher, viola, Tamaki Sugimoto, cello
Martin Ludenbach, double bass, Greg Topping, bassoon, Idony Perrett, clarinet, Joel Ashford, horn

Friday 30 July 30  –   Book TICKETS for this event HERE: £0 – £15   
Doddington Place Gardens, ME9 0BB
7 PM Dazzling duo play
 Telemann, Piazzolla &amp; Folk songs
Emma Purslow violin, Martin Ludenbach double-bass

 “ELOQUENT PIZZAZ” & CLASSICAL CABARET (click to book to see programme)
Charlotte King mezzo soprano & Dylan Perez piano
A medley of favourite songs

Saturday 31 July –   Book TICKETS for this event HERE: £0 – £ 20 
Tickets cover the whole evening. 
Doddington Place Gardens
A musical medley with picnic supper break in the gardens

START DELAYED TILL 7PM. You are still welcome to arrive from 4PM
    Trumpet Fanfare
   MOZART Flute Quartet
Ruth Harrison, flute
Emma Purslow, violin
Joseph Fisher, viola
James Heathcote. cello
Musique Cordiale Festival Choir & Orchestra

Katherine McIndoe soprano
James Hall counter-tenor
Brenton Spiteri tenor
Adam Maxey baritone
conductor: Graham Ross

Sunday 1 August  –   Book TICKETS for this event HERE: £0 – £15    

Faversham. Assembly Rooms ME13 8PG

3 PM   BRAHMS Trio for clarinet, cello & piano
Rachel Coe clarinet
Sophie Haynes cello
Toby Hession piano
 MOZART Piano quartet no 1 in G minor, K478
Rebecca Taylor. piano, Emma Purslow violin
Joseph Fisher viola, Sophie Haynes cello

Sunday 1 August  –   Book TICKETS for this event HERE: £0 – £20   
Doddington Place Gardens
7 PM   OPERA ARIAS (click to book to see programme)
Katherine McIndoe soprano
Brenton Spiteri tenor
Adam Maxey baritone
Toby Hession piano

Monday 2 August –   Book TICKETS for this event HERE: £0 – £15   
Doddington, Church of the beheading of St John the Baptist, ME9 0BD
7 PM   ALBINONI Oboe Concerto, James Hulme oboe
 JOHN RUTTER Birthday Madrigals for piano, bass & choir
 PEARSALL Lay a Garland
 MENDELSSOHN Richte Mich Gott
Musique Cordiale Festival Choir, a cappella, conductor Graham Ross


Wednesday 4 August –   Book TICKETS for this event HERE: £0 – £20   
Doddington Place Gardens
7 PM   
VIVALDI FOUR SEASONS Emma Purslow solo violin with orchestra


Graham Ross conducting the closing concert of Musique Cordiale 2013   VIVALDI GLORIA

Graham Ross conducting a previous closing concert of Musique Cordiale
Musique Cordiale Festival Choir & orchestra

Katherine McIndoe soprano
James Hall counter-tenor
ConductorGraham Ross

(season end)


We have arranged nearby alternative venues in the event of inclement weather – subject to social distancing and any ongoing Covid-19 restrictions or advice – but hope you will stick with the English picnic concept out of doors in the event of only a passing shower. Bring warm clothing and umbrellas as well as your wine and picnics. We will have a little refreshment available in the tea rooms. We will encourage mask-wearing and caution indoors.
This is your…
2021 Summer Box Office for all Kent concerts

please follow links after each event above to order your tickets

 buy an all-concert Season Pass: £80 (members £72 – max 2 passes per member) Buy your season passes HERE  

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 under 12 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 book in advance for FREE tickets for the 2 concerts in the churches there.
(You DO still need a ticket even though there will be no charge – printed or on a phone – donations appreciated)

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).

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

2021 Essential & urgent fund-raising “Revival” campaign!

Admirable Aspirations – a 16-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 16 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.
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 we have now planned for 2021. Most of this 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 2020 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.
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.


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


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 HEREThe 2019 Festival BOX OFFICE page was open HERE .  Here, for information, is the 2019 Festival Flyer.

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