Singing holiday in Portugal

“Sign up for a choral course in Portugal with expert tuition and an end of week public performance - guaranteed to send vocals soaring.”


Morning rehearsals | Porto | visit a local vineyard for wine tasting | Viana do Castelo | informal performance | evening BBQ | final concert in a public venue

Description of Singing holiday in Portugal

Base yourself in a 12th century monastery for this week-long singing holiday in Portugal and your voice and your spirit will feel the benefits in more ways than you can ever hope to imagine.

Portugal’s Braga region provides the backdrop to your stay, featuring the expert vocal tuition of Mary King on this singing.

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 Portugal include:

- Expert tuition with a leading vocal trainer
- Superb setting within the UNESCO town of Guimarães
- An afternoon and evening spent in Porto
- Historic sightseeing in the beautiful seaside town of Viana do Castelo
- A wine tasting afternoon in a renowned local vineyard
- Informal performances and barbecue 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 Portugal 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 within Pousada de Guimarães, a restored 12th century 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.

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Singing holiday in Portugal

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


It 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.


Our accommodation in Portugal is in a hotel which employs many local people in the town of Guimarães for all roles including catering, cleaning and maintenance staff. The area is fairly well known to tourists, but 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.

3 Reviews of Singing holiday in Portugal

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 08 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The choir reached a standard for the zero car crash* final concert I didn't think was possible. We learned to a listenable performance level some 76 pages of
music. Most of it in 2, 3 or 4 parts and much of it new to us. Credit for what was achieved must go to the musical director and choir leader Mary King, and to our
amazingly talented accompanist, Jeremy Limb (being on a singing holiday and finding Jeremy at the piano is a little like getting your case out for the holiday and
finding 100 euros in it from your last trip you'd completely forgotten you had). We worked hard but they worked their musical socks off on our behalf. I learned
more from Mary in the 6 or 7 days she led us than in whole terms of choral singing I have previously attended.)

* For non-singers, a car crash is where a song has to be abandoned or re-started, perhaps several times, due to performance "difficulties"; ie the singers can't get
it/don't know it well enough.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Bring everything you need. The hotel we stayed in was beautiful and the staff really attentive but we were a good 40 minutes walk uphill from the nearest
town. Popping out for a bit of occasional shopping was definitely a no no.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I've no idea, I've never looked into/think about things like that. But generally speaking, most economists would say that tourism is a vital part of any country's
economy (I read that it's about 5% of Italy's) so my guess is that, yes, our holiday benefited local people. The other stuff? Who knows.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

This was a brilliant holiday, well organised and the musicianship I learned from Mary and Jeremy will stay with me. If you like to sing and like to sing stuff
that's worth singing then I can only recommend you go on this singing holiday. (Although I took no part in them, I understand from talking to other
holidaymakers that the guitar and photography courses that ran in parallel to the singing course were equally amazing.)

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Staying 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.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Book it!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It benefited local hotel staff and also, by performing in Guimaraes it benefited the audience culturally. I travelled to and from the venue by ferry and train so slightly less carbon footprint. Did not seem to support conservation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent - good value for money, great company, organisers and leaders, very relaxed (the big swimming pool helped!) a beautiful location (though my only slight moan is that it was quite a way from the town, but this was a good excuse to swim, lounge by the pool reading a book and exploring the lovely gardens!)Food was great and wine abundant. A really enjoyable and rewarding singing holiday - I hope to go on many more.

Reviewed on 01 Sep 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Very hard to say - it was all really good - excellent location,organisation,
opportunity to meet like minded people, whole experience

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Make the most of every opportunity - go on the trips as they are well planned.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It supported a local hotel and some local businesses. Our concert was free with
collections going towards the community

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Outstanding in every way

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