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Mozart Requiem, Vienna - 2 December to 5 December 2018

Directed by Jeremy Jackman

Mozart Requiem in Vienna - Singing Holiday

Sing Mozart Requiem at midnight - in Vienna. Every two years since 2012, Runbysingers has offered UK singers the opportunity to take part in a very special late night anniversary tribute to Mozart.  In 2018 we will return to Vienna's Baroque Karlskirche (St Charles Church) to join Jeremy Jackman, a full Baroque Orchestra and a quartet of professional soloists to perform this well loved work. Please note, this is not a Bring & Sing event - places are strictly limited and the event is always over-subscribed.  

The concert will take place just before midnight on 4 December and will conclude at the hour of Mozart's death at 1.00 am on 5 December. 

Vienna, for many people the music capital of Europe, is a magical destination during Advent with Christmas markets in full flow and visiting choirs performing in the Town Hall. Vienna is always elegant, sophisticated and cultured - but December sees it at its very best.

There will be ample time to explore the Christmas markets, buy some hand-made decorations, or sample some hot punch and grilled sausages. You will also want to experience the traditional Coffee Houses, visit the Spanish Riding School and the Imperial Palace, explore Vienna's excellent art museums - maybe even take in a concert. Please consider adding  on a day to your visit if you possibly can.

The weekend will begin with a welcome drink in the Konzerthaus Hotel at 7.00 pm on Sunday evening Rehearsals will begin at 9.30 am on the Monday morning.

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; it is not suitable for beginners or people who are not singing on a regular basis. Participants must be familiar with the work and have sung it recently - ideally within the last two years. You must agree to prepare your part properly before you come. There will be a pre-event rehearsal in London on Sunday 18 November directed by Jeremy which singers will be strongly encouraged to attend. If it has been a while since you sang the Requiem, you might want to consider buying one of the excellent ChoraLine rehearsal tapes/CDs available online. These are available for individual parts.

We shall be singing from the Barenreiter edition of the work edited by Sussmayr and singers will need to bring their own copies of the score. You only need the Vocal Score (BA4538) - which is pale blue - not the Organ score. We will stand for the duration of the concert so, if this is likely to be difficult for you, please contact us to discuss.

The costs of staging a concert in such a prestigious venue will be substantial so, to make it more affordable for our singers, we are working with a local concert agency to help us promote the event 
and sell tickets.

Getting there

This bit is up to you and is not included in the price. Runbys are mostly experienced independent travellers so choose your own carrier, flights and route - and do think about staying an extra day just for sightseeing -we will be happy to arrange this with the hotel for you. Most people fly directly to Vienna but there are also budget flights to Bratislava which is little more than an  hour from Vienna by train.  

Where to stay

Accommodation is expensive in Vienna and there is a balance to be struck between location and cost. For this event we have therefore chosen two hotels – a very comfortable four star hotel within walking distance of the Karlskirche – and a three star Mercure somewhat further out. There is a very good public transport service in Vienna including an underground train service, trams and buses.

The four-star Hotel am Konzerthaus – popular with visiting orchestras - is ideally situated within easy walking distance of shops, museums and the Opera House. The staff speak excellent English, there is a large bar and restaurant, and a handy taxi rank outside the hotel. The price we have negotiated makes this a very good value hotel by Austrian standards but it will still be an expensive option for some singers. However, in previous years, most people have favoured the four-star option for it's superb location.

The 3 star Mercure Westbahnhof is up to the usual Accor standard with clean rooms, good breakfasts and good transport links. It is quite a bit further out than the Konzerthaus but is likely to be a popular budget option. Single occupancy supplements apply to both hotels so, as always, we encourage people to arrange a room share wherever possible.

What does it cost?

The cost of the holiday including the concert, three nights B&B at the Konzerthaus and a three-course evening meal will be £845 per person sharing. (Single room supplement £40 per night) The Mercure option will be £695 per person sharing (Single room supplement £30 per night) Non-singing partners are welcome - subject to availability - and pay a reduced fee of £595 and £495 respectively. This includes full participation in all group activites and a reserved VIP ticket for the concert. We will require a £125.00 deposit per person and the balance will be invoiced no later than 5 October 2018.


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  you can try ringing us during office hours on 01462 893972. If the office is empty, please leave us a message and somebody will get back to you witin a day or two.

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