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A Week in Toledo - 2 June to 9 June 2019

Directed by Peter North


A Week in Toledo  - exploring six centuries of Spanish and English choral music

This will be our first visit to the cultural - and former imperial - capital of Spain. With fine examples of Roman, Moorish and Christian art and architecture, this walled city of Don Quixote and El Greco is only an hour away from Madrid.

The week  will be directed by the popular Peter North whose natural warmth and positivity encourages all singers to give of their best. Learn how to improve your vocal and choral skills while enjoying a great holiday in Spain with like-minded people.

Exploring a capella music by Barbieri, Eslava, Sor, Morales, Goicoechea, Victoria, Byrd, Tallis, Elgar and Stanford (amongst others) and focusing on breathing and vocal technique, posture, interpretation, presentation and mindset, we will use the choral music of six centuries to develop a more secure system to sing well.

The course will begin with supper at 7.30 pm on the Sunday evening with rehearsals starting in earnest on the Monday morning. The end of course concert will take place on the Saturday night with most people leaving for home on the Sunday.

Who is the course for?

This is not a Bring & Sing event. Participants should be experienced choral singers and must be prepared to learn their part beforehand. Nobody is expected to be note-perfect on Day One but familiarity with the music is expected and will add to everyone's enjoyment of the course. 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.

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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...


  • Officium Defunctorum (Morales)
    O magnum mysterium (victoria)
    Salvator Mundi (Tallis)
    O quam suavis est (De Vivcano)
    Hear My Prayer (Purcell)
    Christus Factus Est (Goicoechea)
    Bone Pastor (Eslava)
    Versa est in luctum (Barbieri)
    They are at rest (Elgar)
    O crux (Sor)
    Oculi Omnium (Wood)
    Beati Quorum Via (Stanford)
    Señor me cansa la vida (Garcia)
    Agnus Dei (Busto)
    Give us this Day (Swingle)

Where to stay?


We will be based in a popular four-star hotel right at the highest point of the Old Town and near to our rehearsal room and concert venue. Toledo is hilly and the ancient streets are narrow so this holiday is probably not suitable for the hard of walking. 

Getting there


This bit is up to you and is not included in the price of the weekend. There are affordable budget flights available from Easyjet and Ryanair to Madrid - only an hour away by train. There are also scheduled services from Heathrow with the main national carriers. You need to arrive in time for dinner on Sunday night and can leave any time on the following Sunday. 

What does it cost?


The course fee is payable in two stages - £195 on registration and a balance of £795 which will be invoiced approximately eight weeks before arrival in Spain. This covers tuition, four evening meals and seven nights four-star B&B accomodation in a comfortable, centrally located, hotel. This price is based on two sharing so there is a single occupancy supplement is £30 a night. Non-singing partners, sharing a singer's room, pay a reduced fee of £595 but this is subject to availability. Music - which can be kept - will cost £25.00. and will be sent to course participants six-eight weeks in advance. 

In previous visits to Spain, many people chose to come a day early and spend a night in Madrid. We have put together a package which includes a Saturday night visit to a particularly good Flamenco Club - one of the best in Spain - an overnight stay with breakfast in a four-star city-centre hotel, and coach transfer to Toleodo the next day. We will leave in the late afernoon to allow a bit of sight-seeing time in Madrid. The package cost will be £130 per person sharing with a single occupancy supplement of £30. Please indicate on the booking form if you are interested in this option. 


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.

2019 Singing Holidays

A Week in Toledo 2 June to 9 June Peter North
Early Music Week, Regensburg 16 June to 23 June David Skinner
Bach Pilgrimage Tour 5 July to 14 July Jeremy Jackman
Early Music Week in Ghent 28 July to 4 August David Allinson
Assisi Summer School 4 August to 11 August Nigel Perrin
English Summer School, Lincoln 18 August to 23 August Nigel Perrin and Jeremy Jackman
Hereford Cathedral Weekend 29 August to 31 August Peter North
Return to Barcelona 11 September to 15 September David Skinner
The Glory of Venice 2 October to 6 October Colin Durrant
A week in Puglia, Southern Italy 6 October to 13 October David Ogden
Spanish Retreat, Northern Spain 30 October to 3 November Peter North
Mozart at Midnight, Vienna 2 December to 5 December Jeremy Jackman