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Singing in Sardinia, 2020

WHEN: 5-12 September, 2020

WHERE: Sardinia

COST: From $4350 Early Bird or full $4650 + €250

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An 8 day singing adventure

Experience the magic of Sardinia, Italy, through song with locals and internationally renowned choir director Stuart Davis, over 8 unforgettable days.

Your adventure of song, local culture and delicious food includes;

  • Daily workshops with Stuart, you'll quickly form a pop up choir.
  • Optional Singing sessions with local teachers Giovanni and Ilaria who teach Tuvan throat singing.
  • Beach days filled with walks, swims and of course singing.
  • Day tour visiting local singers and musicians, partaking in welcoming hospitality in a traditional ‘festa’ (open house, traditional food, wine, song and clothing. 
  • Access a cave by boat and sing in the natural echo chamber.
  • While in Bitti - we'll visit a village arranged as an amphitheatre around the church of San Giorgio Martire - take a cultural tour, to the Museum of Rural and Pastoral Civilization, inside which there is the multimedia museum of Canto a Tenore dedicated to polyphonic singing-  this is a UNESCO heritage site 
  • Delicious local food and wine. This area is a paradise of seafood and meats, porcini mushrooms, pasta, cheeses and fabulous local wines

THE LOCATIONS 
We begin our adventure with 1 night in Olbia then travel 1.5 hour drive south to  spend 5 nights in Cala Gonome,  
We will visit Bitti on route to Alghero where we will stay 2 nights.

GETTING TO AND FROM SARDINIA
Further information about meeting up and travelling to our hotel in Olbia and about our finish date in Alghero will be available soon.

COSTS
Early Bird (till 1 September 2019) AUD $4350 plus an additional €250 on arrival
Single supplement an additional $850
Full cost $4650 plus an additional €250 and single supplement if selected.

Add on Corsica!

AN 8 DAY CORSICA ADVENTURE. 12 - 20 September 

If 8 days seems to short, join us as we continue with song through to Corsica for the annual international polyphonic festival.

We're offering a great option to travel on with us from Alghero, Sardinia to the nearby island of Corsica for an 8 day adventure culminating with the mind blowing 5 day Polyphonic Song Festival known as Rencontres de Chants Polyphoniques held from the 15 -19 September.

We will travel from Alghero by private bus to the port of Santa Teresa Gallura and take a one hour ferry ride across to the southern tip of Corsica to Bonafacio where we will stay one night. 

We'll be exploring various ancient sites in the region of Bonafacio on our way via the Route des Iles Sanguinaires to the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte in Ajaccio where will stay 2 nights. During our stay in this stunning Venetian Renaissance-style city there will be time to wander the streets and visit the cathedral and places of interest. There is also time and gorgeous places to sing while here.

Leaving early on the 15th we will take a coastal and inland drive to Calvi we will stay 5 nights and this beautiful city and enjoy the festival with our newly formed pop-up choir.

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.

COST OF CORSICA ADD ON.

The discounted rate of this Corsica add-on is AUD $3450 plus €200 
(reduced from full rate of AUD $3950 plus €200)
Single supplement is an additional $850

This Corsica tour package includes
- 8 nights accommodation
- all breakfasts
- all transport from Bonafacio, Ajaccio to Calvi 
- singing with Stuart along the way

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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