The Glory of Venice - 9 October to 13 October 2021
Directed by Matt Finch
The Glory of Venice - Singing Holiday
This hardy annual will be directed by our Online Maestro Matt Finch - in person. We will also by joined by world-famous trumpeter, Crispian Steele-Perkins. If you have never taken part in this very popular event, this is your chance to sing Vivaldi's stunning Gloria 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 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 Saturday evening with rehearsals starting in earnest on the Sunday morning. Most people will travel home on Wednesday 13 October unless they have asked us to book an extra night for them.
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.
Matt Finch - a prolific composer and arranger - has been singing and performing music since he was a small child. Musical Director for Bath Light Operatic Group for over 25 years, Matt completed his music degree at Bath Spa University where he conducted the choir and orchestra. Since then he has conducted several choirs including many virtual and online choirs. read more
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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.
This bit is up to you and is not included in the price. 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 Saturday night and can leave any time on Wednesday. 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 £895 per person sharing. (Single occupancy supplement £35 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 £745. Music - which can be kept - will cost £25 and is sent out about eight weeks in advance.
Travel and health insurance
All singers are required to take out appropriate travel insurance and supply their policy details to us before the course begins. You should also bring a GHIC card or an EHIC card - if yours is still valid.
If you have any questions at all please contact Nick Couchman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Emma Ford (email@example.com) or ring Nick during office hours on 01462 893972.