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Qui Vive is a Dutch project choir and orchestra of about 50 musicians that travels to France in July at the start of each summer holiday to perform beautiful classical music. The group was founded in 1998 by Ad van Unen and Annemarie de Groot who envisioned France as the ideal place for a group of musical enthusiasts to pitch their tents for a relaxed holiday and a week of musical bliss.

Qui Vive consists of amateurs and a few (semi-) professional musicians and is conducted by Ad van Unen, music teacher and conductor of several choirs in Delft and Breda.

Qui Vive will hit the road again in 2021!

In 2020, corona forced us to put our plans for La Flèche on hold. The spring of 2021 was exciting: would the strictest measures be lifted in time to allow us to get acquainted with La Flèche and its surroundings in 2021?


Read here how that goes.

Article in Ouest France thursday 29 July 2021:


The title ATMA of our 2021 program is taken from the text of John Tavener’s Mother and Child (number 4 on our program). Tavener used a poem by Brian Keeble with the same title and incorporated the word ATMA! at the musical peak. Atma (Sanskrit) is a concept in Hinduism and means Breath of Life, the Universal Spirit in nature and in man. It is the source of our life force.



Enamoured of its gaze

The mother’s gaze in turn

Contrives a single beam of light

Along which love may move.

Hail Maria! Hail Sophia! Hail Maria!


Through seeing, through touch,

Through hearing the new-born heart

Conduits of being join.

Hail Maria! Hail Sophia! Hail Maria!


So is the image of heaven within

Started into life.

Hail Maria! Hail Sophia! Hail Maria!


As in the first (was) adoration

Another consciousness has come to praise

The single theophanic light

That threads all entrants here –

Hail Maria! Hail Sophia! Hail Maria!


This paradise where all is formed of love

As flame to flame is lit.


Hail Maria! Hail Sophia! Hail Maria!


A Theophany  from  Ancient Greek: (ἡ) θεοφάνεια; theophaneia is a visible manifestation of a deity to man. The term is used, among other things, to refer to an appearance of the gods in the myths of ancient Greece and the Near East.