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Osborne Sherry Singing Week - in Southern Spain

This week near Cadiz combines a fine mixture of sun, sea, music, - and sherry. Located between Jerez and Cadiz, Puerto de Santa Maria is home to some fine bodegas including one of Spain's  largest - Osborne - whose iconic 'Black Bull' hoardings can be seen from most Spanish highways. As you would expect we will arrange a sherry tasting or two and sample some fine Jamon, and we have also been invited to sing in the bodega itself. Our main concert, however will be in Puertos San Francisco Church. We will have plenty of time to explore Cadiz - which is only a short boat ride away - and we also plan to visit the extraordinary anomoly that is Gibraltar. And then there's the singing...  As always, Maestro Jackman has put together a splendid varied programme of music. If you have  never sung with Jeremy before you are in for a treat  - and you will learn a great deal about singing along the way. 


De la Virgen – Cabezon
Todos los Bienes del Mundo – Encina
De los Alamos Vengo, Madre – Vasquez
Riu, Riu, Chiu – Flecha
So Weich und Warm – Cornelius
Un Gentil Amoureux – le Jeune
Plorate, Filii Israel – Carissimi
Sommarpsalm – Ahlen arr Jackman
Turot Esik A Cigany – Kodaly
O Sacrum Convivium’ (Tallis),
You Spotted Snakes (Stevens),
Light of my Soul, Arise (Pearsall). 
Love Is the Sweetest Thing – (Noble arr. Marshall)
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square – (Maschwitz/ Sherwin arr Reaks)

Jeremy Jackman

choral singing holidaysJeremy Jackman's musical education began as a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral, and continued at the Royal College of Music and Hull University. He sang throughout Eastern and Western Europe as a soloist, and with ensembles such as the BBC Singers, the BBC Northern Singers, the Alfred Deller Choir, the Tallis Scholars and The Sixteen.

In 1978 he was appointed countertenor Lay Clerk at Westminster Cathedral, under the direction of Stephen Cleobury. Two years later he was invited to join The King's Singers, succeeding Nigel Perrin as their highest voice, and for the next decade shared their demanding international schedule, performing in the world's most celebrated concert halls and making countless broadcasts and recordings. In 1990 Jeremy resumed work as a choral conductor, directing choirs, courses and workshops all over the world. read more...

Who is the course for?

This course is for experienced choral singers of all ages.  Participants should have some sight-reading ability and be prepared to study the music beforehand.  It also helps if you enjoy good food, good company and the occasional glass of wine. We all eat together most evenings in a selection of different restaurants where everyone will soon get to know each other. Our singing holidays have proved equally popular with people travelling on their own and singing couples. The course runs from Sunday evening, when we meet for a welcome drink and dinner, to the following Saturday evening where we perform our concert. Most people go home the next day.

We will rehearse together for approximately five hours each day with breaks for coffee and a long afternoon break. As usual, Thursday will be a half-day when people may choose to explore a little further afield. We will stand throughout the concert and for much of our rehearsal; if you  find walking or standing for long periods difficult, please ring us to discuss. 

Getting there

This bit is up to you and is not included in the price. Jerez, Malaga and Seville airports are all nearby with budget flights available from Easyjet and Ryanair as well as the major national carriers. There are good train and express coach services to Puerto de Santa Maria from all these cities. If enough people choose Seville - probably the nearest sizable international airport - we may arrange a private coach.

Travel and health insurance

Insurance is not included so we strongly recommend that all singers take out their own cover. You should also bring an EHIC card with you.

Where do we  stay?

For this event we have chosen two hotels – a comfortable four star hotel within walking distance of the rehearsal room - the Bodegas Real - and a shamelessly luxurious five-star hotel with huge rooms and orange groves to the rear. Ok -it's a bit expensive - but we have secured a good price and we thought you might like the choice. Check out the Medinacelli hotel website here.  

What does it cost?

The cost of the holiday including the concert, seven nights four star B&B accommodation , and four three-course evening meals with wine will be £845 per person sharing. (Single room supplement 30 per night)  Staying at the Medinacelli will raise that to £995  per person sharing (Single room supplement £40 per night) but we only have a few rooms so it's first come , first served. Music - which can be kept - will cost £25 and is sent out about eight weeks in advance. Non-singing partners are welcome - subject to availability - and pay a reduced fee of £595 and £695 respectively. This includes full participation in all group activites.  We will require a £195.00 deposit per person and the balance will be due no later than eight weeks before we arrive in Spain. 

Any questions?

If you have any questions at all please contact Nick Couchman ( or Emma Ford ( or ring Nick during office hours on 01462 893972.  The office is not always  occupied but if we are not there, please leave a message and we will call you back within a day or two.

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