SINGING HOLIDAYS

Singing holiday on 9-15 June 2024!

We are offering a SINGING HOLIDAY at Antico Borgo La Torre on 9 – 15 June 2024, with the highly acclaimed conductor Amy Bebbington.

This holiday is for those who love to sing choral music! It balances concentrated mornings full of wonderful ensemble music making, alongside the opportunity to have some 1:1 vocal (or choral leadership) coaching in the afternoons. The choral repertoire will feature an enjoyably broad mix of styles from all periods, catering to a variety of tastes. This inclusive singing holiday will allow you to develop your vocal potential and to discover new repertoire.

MUSIC AND NATURE

This is all set within our tranquil Tuscan farmhouse, while enjoying wonderful Italian cuisine in the company of fellow singers.
On the last day, you’ll be able to take part in an informal public choir performance.
This singing holiday is for a group of up to 20 people. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Rate: €1300 per person (in a shared double/twin bedroom).

For more information and to book email: info@anticoborgolatorre.it
Or call Federica: +39 320 62 75 789.

(Please check your spam mail if you don’t hear from us within two days).

Non-participating partners are also welcome, and will enjoy a €200 discount when they share a bedroom with their participating partner.

THE PROGRAMME

DAY 1

Arrive on Sunday 9 June (check-in between 17:00 and 19:00). Pick up from Figline Valdarno station in the afternoon, on request. Early evening: guided tour of the farm and wine tasting in the farm’s own winery. Welcome dinner at 20:00.

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DAY 2

(Mon): Breakfast. Morning choir rehearsal from 9:45 to 12:45 with a coffee break. Buffet lunch.
Early afternoon: optional 1:1 coaching. Pre-dinner singing: 18:15-19:30. Communal dinner 19:45.

DAY 3

(Tue): Breakfast. Morning choir rehearsal from 9:45 to 12:45 with a coffee break. Buffet lunch.
Afternoon: optional 1:1 coaching.
Pre-dinner singing 18:15-19:30.
Pizza night: you will be able to watch how to make authentic Tuscan stone-baked pizza and enjoy it fresh from our pizza oven.

DAY 4

(Wed): Breakfast. Day off! We offer a complimentary transfer to/from Figline Valdarno train station, if you wish to go on a trip to one of the nearby beautiful towns (Florence, Arezzo or Figline Valdarno) . Or you may stay and relax by our pool, or book a massage or a horse riding trip!
Pre-dinner singing: 18:15-19:30.
Communal dinner 19:45.

DAY 5

(Thur): Breakfast. Morning choir rehearsal from 9:45 to 12:45 with a coffee break. Buffet lunch. Late afternoon: optional 1:1 coaching.
Pre-dinner singing: 18:15-19:30. Communal dinner 19:45.
Optional dancing in the local village of Vaggio!

DAY 6

(Fri): Breakfast. Morning choir rehearsal from 9:45 to 12:45 with a coffee break. Buffet lunch. Short afternoon rehearsal. Evening performance in the Romanesque church in Cascia (Reggello) with the Children’s Choir Il Melograno. Farewell dinner.

DAY 7

(Sat): Departure. Latest check-out time at 10:00. On request, after breakfast drop-off in Figline Valdarno train station.

Rate includes

  • 17 hours choir rehearsal, and 1:1 coaching on first-come first-served basis (six places available).
  • Accommodation in comfortable suites, arriving on Sunday 9 June and leaving on Saturday 15 June.
  • Breakfast, buffet lunch and communal dinner with fabulous Tuscan food (wine not included but the farm’s own wine can be bought on the premises).
  • Use of the swimming pool (please note that use of a swimming cap is compulsory).
  • Final performance.
  • Wine tasting and tour of the farm.
  • Arrival and departure days: Transfers to and from the local station in Figline Valdarno, for guests travelling with public transport. The train station is an easy 25 min train journey from Florence. (Free car parking is available at the farm if required.)
  • Day off: Transfers to and from the local train station in Figline Valdarno. On this day, you can either visit this town, or take the train to Florence (25 mins away) or Arezzo (40 mins away).

RATE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Wine at lunch and dinner.
  • On the day off: lunch and, for those wishing to go on a trip, any onward train travel cost from Figline Valdarno – however, free transfer to the local train station in Figline Valdarno is provided.
  • Single room supplement of €300 per week.
  • City tax €1 per person/night.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Amy Bebbington

ABOUT THE TUTOR:

Amy Bebbington is a highly experienced tutor of choral courses, and brings a fresh, dynamic and creative approach to choral leadership. She is a passionate advocate for choral singing and is in great demand as a workshop leader, choral clinician, animateur, adjudicator, mentor and teacher. With clear musical goals at the root of her work, Amy shares an infectious sense of enthusiasm, joy, camaradarie and good humour when engaging with amateur singers. She has appeared on the BBC2 programme “The Choir: Sing while you work” and is the Director of Training for the Association of British Choral Directors. Amy has adjudicated for festivals in the UK and Ireland, and is a published composer. She is currently the Musical Director for Corra Sound, Harlequin Chamber Choir and Nota Bene.

COURSE MUSIC (June 2024):
(For information only – Final repertoire to be decided based on voice ranges present)

A million dreams, from The Greatest Showman
Halleluiah, Leonard Cohen
Mr Blue Sky, ELO
Flight Song, Kim Andre Arnesen
Adiemus, Karl Jenkins

Carol from Ghana, Trad.
One more time, Trad.
Lean on me, Bill Withers
Bonse Aba

Il bianco e dolce cigno, Jacques Arcadelt
Cantate Domino, Giuseppe Ottavio Pitoni

COURSE MUSIC (June 2023):

All the way home – Sarah Quartel
Fly not so fast – John Ward
Sumer is icumen in – M S Harley
Super Trouper – Abba
The simple things – Fiona Lander
Though Philomena lost her love – Thomas Morley
Wellerman – trad. New Zealand sea shanty
Motet, Ave verum corsus – Mozart
Venga nel nostro coro – Salieri

INAUGURAL COURSE MUSIC (June 2022):

Ave Verum Corpus – William Byrd
Jesu Dulcis Memoria – Tomás Luis de Victoria
Oi Khodyt’ Son Kolo Vikon, Ukrainian lullaby – arr. Jake Alexander
Harbour – Anna Tabbush
Fields of gold – Sting, arr. Wendy Sargeant
Here comes the sun – The Beatles, arr. Craig McLeish
Weeping – from Songs of a Rainbow Nation, arr. Alexander L’Estrange
La, la, la, je ne l’ose dire – Pierre Certon
Tourdion – arr. Pierre Attaingnant

TRAVEL INFORMATION
By plane:
The closest airports are in Florence, Pisa and Bologna. From Florence airport you can take a tram directly to Florence’s central train station, Firenze Santa Maria Novella. From here, you can take a 25 minute intercity train to Figline Valdarno station, which is only a 10 minutes’ drive from us.
You can also fly into Pisa or Bologna. From Pisa airport, a tram will take you to Pisa’s central train station in 5 minutes, from where you can catch a train to Florence. At Bologna airport there is a shuttle bus to Bologna’s central train station, from where you can reach Florence in 40 minutes.

Car rental companies can be found in all the airports with typical drive times directly to us as follows:

Florence Airport (FLR): 50 minutes
Pisa Airport (PSA): 1 h 30 minutes
Bologna Airport (BLQ): 1 h 45 minutes

Complimentary transfers from Figline Valdarno train station are offered by Antico Borgo La Torre on the first and last day of the holiday. If you need to arrive or depart outside of the designated pick-up times, or if a transfer from a different location is required, private transfers can be arranged at extra cost.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF BOOKING
To reserve your place in the singing holiday you should write an email to Federica:  info@anticoborgolatorre.it

A non-refundable deposit of €200 is due upon registration.
The remaining balance can be paid in full or in two instalments of 50% each, one by 28 February 2024 and the 2nd one by 31 March 2024.
For bookings made less than 12 weeks in advance of the start of the singing holiday, the full amount must be paid at the time of the booking.
In the unfortunate event that you need to cancel your booking for any personal reason (e.g. illness) claims should be pursued through your travel insurance policy.
If for any reason the singing holiday is cancelled by Antico Borgo La Torre, the full payment, including deposit, will be 100% reimbursed to you. Please note that we only refund our own singing holiday fees, we do not refund the cost of travel or other third party costs.
For the comfort of all guests, smoking is not permitted inside the accommodation.

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