Singing holiday in Galicia, Spain
This holiday is running alongside our Guitar and Photography courses.
Description of Singing holiday in Galicia, Spain
Base yourself in a former Benedictine monastery for this week-long singing holiday in Spain and your voice and your spirit will feel the benefits in more ways than you can ever hope to imagine.
Spain’s Galicia region provides the backdrop to your stay, featuring the expert vocal tuition of Mary King. The course will come to a thrilling finale as you take part in a public concert to highlight what you’ve learned over the course of your time away. Aside from tuition this holiday is designed to be just that, a holiday, and you can expect to socialise, relax and have fun alongside an eclectic and fun musical itinerary.
The course will come to a thrilling finale as you take part in a public concert to highlight what you’ve learned over the course of your time away. Aside from tuition this holiday is designed to be just that, a holiday, and you can expect to socialise, relax and have fun alongside an eclectic and fun musical itinerary.
The highlights of this singing holiday in Spain include:
- Expert tuition with a leading vocal trainer
- Superb setting in a stunning historic building
- An afternoon and evening spent in Santiago de Compostela
- Historic sightseeing in the medieval thermal spa town of Ourense
- A wine tasting afternoon in a renowned local vineyard
- Informal performances and alfresco evening
- Final performance in a local venue
Led by well-known vocal performer, trainer, writer and broadcaster Mary King, this Choral Course focuses on classical, jazz, musical theatre, pop and folk music arranged for choir. From day one the course is designed to focus your vocal techniques and have fun as you engage with music, the group and your surroundings.
What you can expect from the course:
You’ll have daily rehearsal sessions and receive group feedback given by your course instructor regarding all aspects of singing. One-to-one vocal sessions are also offered to all participants. Prior to the singing holiday in Spain you’ll be invited to meet the rest of the group in London where you’ll also be encouraged to sing as you familiarize yourself with some of the music you'll be learning on holiday.
Relaxing and socialising is, of course, part and parcel of the whole holiday experience with a wonderful swimming pool and beautiful surrounding area adding to a variety of afternoon excursions.
Accommodation is at the Parador de Monforte de Lemos, a restored historic monastery that’s been lovingly converted to include en-suite guest rooms for two occupants as well as solo singer rooms which are available on request at a single supplement rate. Non-participating guests are welcome – please ask for more details.
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3 Reviews of Singing holiday in Galicia, Spain
Reviewed on 08 Sep 2018 by Brian SmithThis was a brilliant holiday, well organised and the musicianship I learned from Mary and Jeremy will stay with me. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Sep 2017 by Simon TaylorStaying in the beautiful Pousada at Guimaraes, meeting a variety of friendly people on the singing, guitar and photography courses, the singing course itself and working on challenging music, led by Mary King, singing in the final concert in Guimaraes. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Sep 2014 by Veronica ShawOutstanding in every way Read full review
PlanetIt is important to minimise our impact on the local environment for the benefit of future generations.
While at our destination we aim to use local produce wherever possible. We recycle much of our waste and keep energy usage to a minimum.
Water conservation is always a key concern and sheets and towels are washed only at the clients’ request. We also ask all clients to conserve water by taking short showers instead of baths.
When we are out and about in the countryside we encourage participants to preserve the local flora and fauna by sticking to established paths and taking all litter home with them.
In the UK we maintain a small office which minimises our use of electricity and gas. We are web-based and all correspondence is sent to clients electronically. The small amount of paper we use in the office is recycled and we rely on natural light for most of the day.
PeopleOur accommodation in Spain is in a hotel which employs many local people in the town of Monforte de Lemos for all roles including catering, cleaning and maintenance staff. The area is less well known to tourists, and our aim is always to engage as much as possible with the local community and to allow our guests to experience the best that this fascinating region has to offer through visiting places of interest, meeting local people and tasting the local cuisine.
As far as possible, all of our food and drink is sourced from local suppliers and we prefer to use fresh, seasonal produce. The course participants are also encouraged to make use of the local shops and bars in the vicinity which will help to support the economy, vital for local businesses. There are also several artisan producers in the area and participants are encouraged to visit these and purchase items to take home, another way for our visits to help boost the local economy.
Our final concert will raise money for a local charity, and is a way of giving something back to the community who have been our hosts for the week.
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