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The Glory of Venice - 2 October to 6 October 2019

Directed by Colin Durrant


The Glory of Venice - Singing Holiday


This hardy annual will be directed once again by Colin Durrant from London University – who proved a popular choice at previous years' Venice weekends.  If you have never been this is your chance to sing in a splendid church overlooking the canals of Venice. If you have been before, you already know just how good it is.

Autumn is an ideal time to visit Venice - the weather is a great deal milder than in Summer and the crowds are a great deal thinner. For three out of the last four years, we have had glorious sunny weather - do have a look at our pictures on flickr here

The concert will take place on the Saturday night in San Trovaso Church which has a good acoustic and is a popular choice for concerts; it is located near the Accademia museum on Venice's Dorsoduro. The course will begin with supper at 7.30 pm on Wednesday evening with rehearsals starting in earnest on the Thursday morning.

Who is the course for?

This is not a Bring & Sing event. Participants should be experienced choral singers with some sight-reading ability and must be prepared to learn their part beforehand.

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Musical Director

Colin Durrant has been conducting choirs since the age of 15. He currently is conductor of the University of London Chamber Choir as well as Imperial College Choir. Colin has been leading the postgraduate programme in Music Education at the Institute of Education, University of London and previously been Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland and Choral Director of the New England Conservatoire in Boston. Colin has a wide range of choral conducting and teaching experience and is principal conducting tutor and on the standards and training unit for the Association of British Choral Directors. Read more...


  • Coronation Anthem:
    Let thy hand be strengthened (Handel)
    Abendlied zu Gott (Haydn)
    Te Deum (Haydn)
    Lift thine eyes - from Elijah (Mendelssohn)
    He watching over Israel -from Elijah (Mendelssohn)
    Exsultate justi  (Viadana)

Where to stay?


Accommodation is extremely expensive in Venice and many of the more affordable establishments are hard to find, have only a few rooms and sell out very early. To help reduce costs a bit for our singers, we will be staying once again at a simple but comfortable Conference Centre which is within the historic centre of Venice very near to our concert venue and is also within walking distance of St Mark's Square. All rooms have private ensuite facilities and there is even a night porter.

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 Venice Marco Polo and Treviso airports. There are also scheduled services from Heathrow with the main national carriers. You need to arrive in time for dinner on Wednesday night and can leave any time on Sunday. Please let us know in good time if you want to stay for any extra nights.

What does it cost?


The Glory of Venice fee including the concert, four nights B&B accommodation and two Group Meals will be £925 per person sharing. (Single occupancy supplement £45 per night). A deposit of £150 is required when booking with final payment due no later than eight weeks before our arrival in Venice. Non-singing partners sharing singers' rooms are welcome - subject to availability - and pay a reduced fee of £675. Music - which can be kept - will cost £25 and is sent out about eight weeks in advance.


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.