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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 2024 will take place from July 20 to 28. This year we are visiting Montbazon for the first time.

Our artistic leadership has once again put together a beautiful program for 2024:


Title: ‘Triptyque


H.I. Biber                      Litaniae de Sancto Josepho

1644 – 1704                 soloists, choir and orchestra


Milhaud                        Élégie, op. 170

1892 – 1974                  choir a cappella


Ravel                           Tombeau de Couperin III and IV

1875 – 1937                 wind instruments


Bruch                            Kol Nidrei , op. 47

1838 – 1920                 string orchestra


Shaw                            And the Swallow

1982 –                          choir a cappella


GF Handel                   “Utrecht” Te Deum, HWV 278

1685 – 1759                 soloists, choir and orchestra


The home concerts will take place on

Saturday 7 (Pijnacker) and Sunday 8 (Breda) September 2024


Marieke Bedaux appointed honorary member of Qui Vive

After some delay, our very own Marieke Bedaux was officially appointed honorary member of Qui Vive on March 9, 2024. As confirmation, our chairman Maria presented her with a certificate, accompanied by a speech in which she mentioned Marieke’s many achievements for Qui Vive.


Marieke is one of the founders of Qui Vive (1997) and has sung in the choir every year without fail since then. She also supported the organization with all kinds of services: from providing coffee during rehearsals to presenting ‘Talent in de tent’ to writing and translating texts in French and much more. But especially her radiant presence has made her a beloved member of Qui Vive.


During Qui Vive 2023, Marieke let us know that it would be her last time. Preparing and rehearsing the choir pieces is difficult for her these days, given her respectable age.


As much as we regret this, we fully understand her decision. We do hope that she will visit us in the coming years during our week in France. She is simply an indispensable part of our company.