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Singing in Corsica 2020 with Stuart Davis

WHEN: 12-20 September, 2020

WHERE: Corsica

COST: From $AUD 3750 + €200 euro on arrival

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An 8 day singing adventure in Corsica

Join us in experiencing the spectacular island coastline and dramatic inland countryside of Corsica while we wind our way up from the south of the island to the north west town of Calvi.  

You'll also immerse yourself in song with internationally renowned choir director Stuart Davis and while in Calvi we will meet local singers and maestro to learn a local song or two.

Your singing adventure features-

  • Daily workshops with Stuart, you'll quickly form a pop up choir
  • Singing session with local maestro in Calvi
  • Attend and minor participation in the international singing festival "Rencontres de Chants Polyphoniques" in Calvi  
An outline of our program
  • 12th - Afternoon 2pm. Meet up at the ferry port at Bonifacio
    Stay Porto Vecchio x 1 night.
    Our accommodation is just outside the walls on the coast of this relaxed and very pretty town that features a 16th-century Genoese citadel and offers views over the yacht-filled marina. 
    Singing session before dinner in hotel restaurant. (D)
  • 13th - Morning. Singing rehearsal in hotel and then explore the old town of Porto Vecchio. 
    Afternoon (3pm). Drive to Ajaccio for overnight stay (B) 
  • Ajaccio is a Venetian Renaissance-style city and the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte.  After settling into our hotel there will be time to wander the streets and visit the cathedral and a few places of interest. We'll meet up in Place du Général de Gaulle to sing before dinner. 
  • 14th - Morning. Singing with Stuart after breakfast.
    Depart Ajaccio (11am). Stopover for Lunch en-route to Calvi (B) (L) (D)
  • 14 - 20th Calvi our home for 6 nights (B)
    Enjoy and participate in Corsica’s Polyphonic Song Festival  
  • 19th - Our final night of the festival and group farewell dinner (D)
  • 20th - Departure day

Corsica delights the discerning palette with it's choice of breads and cheeses, fruits and vegetables and wonderful selection of seafood and meats and fabulous local wines (especially the Rosè)

About the festival.

Rencontres de Chants Polyphoniques has been held annually in Calvi since 1989, Corsica’s Polyphonic Song Festival draws choristers and soloists from Corsica and across the world to perform. The flagging tradition of polyphonic singing was revived in the 1970s and has since become an important part of Corsicans’ regional identity. Concerts are held in grand venues throughout Calvi, including the town’s Citadel, the Cathedral St-Jean-Baptiste, and the Saint-Antoine oratory. The singers that flock to Calvi for the festival are of disparate origins and may hail from Inuit, Mongolian, South African, Cuban, or Bulgarian cultures.

GETTING TO AND FROM OUR LOCATIONS IN CORSICA

Further information about meeting up and travelling to our hotel in Bonifacio  and about our finish date in Calvi will be available soon.

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5-12th September, 2020

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Please quote discount CC20 to obtain this discounted price as quoted above.

 WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT PAST EVENTS WITH STUART DAVIS

" The tour exceeded my expectations. It was a feast for the senses!  Having a group with a common interest made it gel much quicker so it felt cohesive and easy to integrate straight away.  You have a real talent in teaching singing. Thank you so much for a terrific and very memorable holiday.  " - Phillip & Elizabeth
" Hats off to you for your great relaxed teaching style. You worked wonders with us in such a short time. Thank you for a truly great trip.  " - Moya

Stuart Davis has been directing choirs in Sydney, Australia for 25 years. He also performs in a couple of small groups (The Lounge Quintet). Currently he directs 3 choirs and co-ordinates 3 other choirs in and around Sydney.  Stuart co-directed our 2018, Singing in Italy event and was our primary director of Singing and Sailing in Croatia, 2017.

Stuart says, ‘I’m indebted to Tony Backhouse and his very influential choir ‘The Cafe of the Gate of Salvation’.  It was here that I learned how a choir can be a village in itself - a real community, almost a family’.

'Every choir is unique, and everyone gets something special out of it, but the common things are sheer joy, relaxation and community.  It’s very common to hear from members that choir night is the highlight of their week.  In fact, many people have trouble sleeping after choir they are so stimulated!' The choirs all perform regularly, always raising money for something or other.  I believe in what I call ‘Double Happiness’ - do what you love but make sure it has some other positive effect somewhere else. Between the choirs, over the years, we have raised over $50,000 for various causes.  

Stuart is a lucky guy - ‘my job gives me immense joy, and I know that every week hundreds of other people are getting a similar dose of happiness.  Plus I know, there are villages in Africa, New Guinea, India and Vanuatu who have classrooms, wells, toilets and books just because we put on a few concerts’.

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