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Spanish Retreat, Northern Spain - 30 October to 3 November 2019

Directed by Peter North


Spanish Retreat - Autumn in Navarra


Join us this Autumn for another cloistered long weekend in Spain. Our singers will take over a Benedictine monastery of Leyre - alongside its community of monks - for a special musical retreat. We will sing Durufle's moving Requiem in the monastery chapel during a special All Souls concert, as the people of the region remember loved ones who have passed. We have also been invited to sing the Gregorian Chant service of Compline with the monks.

We have chosen this monastery because of it's superb setting surrounded by woodland and mountains and overlooking a lake. There is wifi if you really insist but we suggest you bring a book, get out and walk and explore whatever spirituality lies within you.

Who is the course for?

This course is for experienced choral singers of all ages. Participants should have reasonable sight-reading ability and be prepared to study the music beforehand, although nobody is expected to be note-perfect on Day One. Places are limited to a maximum of 40 singers although non-singers are able to join us subject to availability.

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Musical Director

Peter North is Head of Voice at King's School, Ely and the director of a number of highly regarded chamber choirs. Peter was a Tenor Lay Clerk at Ely Cathedral for 17 years and is also a member of the early music group Musica Contexta with whom he has appeared on several recordings for Chandos. Read more...


  • Durufle Requiem
    Compline plainsong and anthem (tba)

    IMPORTANT: Singers should bring their own copy of the Durufle Requiem which must be the readily available Durand edition.
    Other music will be provided and is included in the course fee.

Where to stay?


The monastery accommodation is simple but clean and modern with all rooms benefitting from ensuite facilities. There is an on-site restaurant - even a bar - but the nearest town is over an hour's walk. There are very few single rooms so please be prepared to share. Wherever possible, apply with a friend. 

Getting there


This bit is up to you and is not included in the price of the weekend. The nearest international airports are Zaragoza and Bilbao but there is a much nearer domestic airport in Pamplona which will probably suit most singers rather better. There are regular inexpensive flights between Pamplona and Madrid.

What does it cost?


The course fee is £795 which will cover all tuition, four nights accomodation at the monastery with buffet breakfast, and four 3-course evening meals, but not transport. We will require a £195 deposit per person at time of booking. The balance is payable no later than eight weeks before we leave. This price is based on two sharing and single rooms are in short supply so sharing is strongly recommended. Non-singers sharing a singer's room pay £695. There is a single occupancy supplement of £40 per night -subject to availability.  Invoices will be sent out with the music and course timetable. 


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.

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.

View from the Monastery
View from the Monastery
Rehearsals in the Monastery
Rehearsals in the Monastery
Peter North
Peter North