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MANIAGO, FRIULI, ITALY

SUNDAY 22 - SATURDAY 28 AUGUST 2021

OVERVIEW

Singers Abroad is back!  We return to beautiful Friuli in north-east Italy in late August 2021, based once again in Maniago, in the Province of Pordenone, approximately 100km from both Venice and Trieste.
 
The course includes five days of singing under the direction of Graham Ross, leading to a concert on the Friday evening in the intimate 16th-century Antica Pieve, Montereale Valcellina. One of the oldest churches in the region, it has a wonderful acoustic and holds within it the last cycle of frescoes by Calderari. For this course Graham Ross has assembled a beautiful and varied programme exploring the theme of nature across the centuries. The course includes Renaissance masterpieces by Clemens non Papa, Josquin, Praetorius and Janequin (including some tongue-twisting imitation of birdsong!); madrigals and partsongs by Gibbons and Stanford; beautiful folk song arrangements from America and England; and some wonderful choral miniatures from the UK, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, France, and Italy. There is something for everyone. After the concert conviviality will continue into the evening with rinfresco drinks!
 
The course comprises a mix of serious singing and holiday, with time off between rehearsals to visit local attractions, to relax with friends old and new, or simply to enjoy a spritz Aperol at the foot of the magnificent Friulan Dolomites. There is an average of five hours singing per day, working towards the public concert on the Friday evening.  

 

Rehearsals (and occasional outdoor warm-ups!) take place on site in our hotel, the 4-star Eurohotel Palace Maniago. All breakfasts and four group meals with wine are provided on the course in the hotel and at some of the excellent nearby restaurants. Morning yoga classes, suitable for all levels and focussing on the breath, are offered at a small extra cost. 
 
Excursions during the week are likely to include the historic and beautiful town of San Daniele del Friuli, famous for its production of prosciutto, and a half day visit to the impressive medieval city of Udine, with its central Piazza della Libertà and hilltop castle, home to several museums and artworks by Tiepolo and Caravaggio. The course also includes wine tasting and a visit to the town of Spilimbergo with its world-renowned Mosaic School of Friuli, founded in 1922.

 

 Please note that some parts of the course, including excursions, may have to change at short notice due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. We will notify all participants of any such changes with as much notice as possible. We will follow all governmental protocols throughout the course as required at the time: these may include social distancing at rehearsals/meals, regular sanitising, wearing of masks in public places etc.  All of our chosen venues allow for social distancing to remain in place at all times as necessary. Currently, the Italian government requires arrivals from other countries to provide a negative Covid-19 test within 48 hours of travel to the country. This requirement may still be in place in August 2021.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

The Singers Abroad course is for those who love to sing together. Participants should have some choral singing experience, reasonable sight-reading skills and have done some private preparation of the repertoire before the course begins. Singers of all ages can apply, either as individuals or with others. The course runs from Sunday evening, when we meet for a welcome reception and an introductory dinner, to the closing concert and drinks reception on the Friday evening, with participants departing on Saturday morning. Concert dress is white shirts/blouses with long black trousers/skirts. Participants should bring their own black folders for the concert. Non-singing partners are welcome to join us, subject to availability, at a discounted price. Participants may wish to extend their time in Italy with holidays in nearby Venice, Trieste or the beautiful Dolomites.
 
Participants should bring their own copies of the repertoire: details of recommended editions and a link to scores that can be downloaded are circulated to participants after bookings have been confirmed.

BOOKINGS

Booking is now open for our summer course in Maniago, Friuli from 22–28 August 2021.  We accept applications of all voice parts on a first-come first-served basis.

PRICINGS

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The Singers Abroad course costs £845 per person sharing a room. There is a single-occupancy supplement of £27 per night. Non-singing partners sharing singers’ rooms are welcome, subject to availability, and pay a reduced fee of £695. A deposit of £250 per person is required when booking, which is non-refundable after the deadline of 1 June 2021. The full balance is required by 15 July 2021.

What is provided in the cost?
The course includes:

  • six nights of bed & breakfast accommodation at the 4-star Eurohotel Palace Maniago (www.eurohotelfriuli.it)

  • a welcome reception on the opening night

  • musical tuition (in English) under the direction of Graham Ross

  • a closing concert in L’antica Pieve in Montereale Valcellina

  • four group meals with wine

  • likely excursions to the historic town of San Daniele del Friulithe medieval city of Udinewine tastingand the medieval town of Spilimbergo and its prestigious Mosaic School

  • bus transfers for excursions and concert

  • a drinks reception on the final evening

  • great music making and new friendships!

N.B. Some parts of the course may have to change at short notice due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic - see note in 'Overview' section above.

What is not provided in the cost?
The course does not include:

  • transportation to/from Maniago 

  • purchase of music

  • yoga sessions (£10 supplement per session, limited to 15 participants per session with a minimum of 7 participants required)

  • health/travel insurance: we recommend that all singers take out their own holiday and cancellation cover

Insurance
Singers Abroad Ltd is a company committed to customer satisfaction and consumer financial protection. We are therefore pleased to announce that, at no extra cost to you, and in accordance with ‘The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018’ all passengers booking with Singers Abroad Ltd are fully insured for the initial deposit, and subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form. The policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Singers Abroad Ltd. This insurance has been arranged by Towergate Travel through Zurich Insurance PLC. 

Claims
In the unlikely event of Insolvency, you must Inform Towergate Travel immediately on +44 (0)1932 334140 or by email at tcs@towergate.co.uk. Please ensure you retain the booking confirmation as evidence of cover and value. 
Policy exclusions: This policy will not cover any monies paid for Travel Insurance or any claim relating to Air Flights. If you have booked flights as part of your travel, you should ensure that the company with which you booked the flights has the appropriate CAA/ATOL bonds in place.
 

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COURSE LEADER & CONDUCTOR

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Graham Ross (www.grahamross.com) has established an exceptional reputation as a sought-after conductor and composer of a very broad range of repertoire. His performances around the world and his extensive discography have earned consistently high international praise. He is Fellow and Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he conducts the internationally-renowned Choir, and co-founder and Principal Conductor of The Dmitri Ensemble.

In demand as a regular guest conductor in the UK and abroad, his recent collaborations have included the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir, Aalborg Symfoniorkester, DR Vokal Ensemblet, Australian Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Singers.

In recent seasons his work has taken him to Sydney Opera House, Washington’s Library of Congress, Notre Dame Cathedral, Sagrada Familia and across Europe. At the age of 25 he made his BBC Proms and Glyndebourne debuts, with other opera work taking him to Jerusalem, London, Aldeburgh and Provence. He studied music at Clare College, Cambridge and conducting at the Royal College of Music, London.
 

OUTLINE SCHEDULE*

Sunday 22 August 2021
Arrival at Eurohotel Palace Maniago
7pm welcome evening drinks reception
Group dinner together in hotel 
 
Monday 23 August 2021
Optional early morning yoga, suitable for all levels**
Morning rehearsal
Afternoon rehearsal
Group dinner together at Osteria Vecchia, Maniago
 
Tuesday 24 August 2021
Optional early morning yoga, suitable for all levels**
Morning rehearsal
Afternoon excursion to San Daniele
Late afternoon rehearsal
Group dinner together at Antica Taverna, Palazzo d’Attimis, Maniago
 
Wednesday 25 August 2021

Morning rehearsal
Afternoon visit to Udine, followed by wine tasting 

Thursday 26 August 2021
Optional early morning yoga, suitable for all levels** 
Morning rehearsal
Group lunch together in hotel
Afternoon rehearsal
Evening rehearsal in Montereale Valcellina Church
 
Friday 27 August 2021
Morning visit to Spilimbergo & Mosaic School
Afternoon rehearsal in L’antica Pieve in Montereale Valcellina
Evening concert at L’antica Pieve in Montereale Valcellina
Farewell drinks reception
 
Saturday 28 August 2021
Participants depart
 

* some parts of the course may have to change at short notice due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic - see note in 'Overview' section above.

**early morning yoga sessions are available for a £10 supplement per person per session, limited to 15 participants per session
 

TRAVEL

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Travel to and from Maniago is organised by participants directly, and is not provided in the cost. However, with permission, we are happy to share details of participants’ travel plans amongst the group in advance to facilitate the option of booking group transfers to/from airports.

By air: nearby airports are Venice Marco Polo (BA, Easyjet); Venice Treviso (Ryanair); Trieste (Ryanair). Car hire is available at all these airports.

By bus: there is a direct bus from Venice Marco Polo to Pordenone city centre by ATVO Pordenone Express bus line 68 (www.atvo.it/index.php?lang=en). A taxi from Pordenone bus and train station to Maniago takes approximately 30 minutes, and costs approximately EUR 50 per taxi.

By train: it is possible to travel by train from Venice (Santa Lucia or Mestre stations) to Pordenone (60 minutes) (www.trenitalia.com). Venice Mestre station can be reached from Venice Marco Polo airport via the ACTV line 15 bus or the ATVO Mestre Express Shuttlebus. A taxi from Pordenone bus and train station to Maniago takes approximately 30 minutes, and costs approximately EUR 50 per taxi.

By Eurostar: It is also possible to travel all the way by train from London St Pancras, via Paris and overnight to Venice.

For the adventurous and lovers of rail travel!: it is possible to travel to Maniago directly by train from Venice: take the train to Sacile (c. 55 mins), and change there for the single-track train to Maniago from Sacile (a further 25 mins). Please note this is a limited service!
 

REPERTOIRE

For this course Graham Ross has assembled a beautiful and varied programme that spans the centuries and focusses on the theme of nature.

The course includes Renaissance masterpieces by Clemens non Papa, Praetorius, Josquin and Janequin (including some tongue-twisting imitation of birdsong!); madrigals and partsongs by Gibbons and Stanford; beautiful folk song arrangements from America and England; and some wonderful choral miniatures from the UK, Canada, Netherlands, Germany, France, and Italy. There is something for everyone!
 
The concert programme will include selections from the following:

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Sicut cervus 
Orlando Gibbons The silver swan 
Clemens non Papa Ego flos campi 
Josquin des Prez El grillo 
Elizabeth Poston Jesus Christ the apple tree 
Healey Willan I beheld her, beautiful as a dove 
Charles Villiers Stanford The blue bird 
John Tavener The lamb 
Michael Praetorius Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen 
Debussy Yver, vous n’estes qu’un villain 
Clement Janequin Le chant des oiseaux 
arr. John Rutter O waly waly 
arr. James Erb Shenandoah 
Bob Chilcott The lily and the rose 
Mack Wilberg Deep river

 

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