Enjoy an immersive day of choral workshops and repertoire preparation with Brian MacKay and the Zêzerearts team, culminating in a concert supper
12 March 2016 @ Yoghurt Rooms
Join us for a rare opportunity to take part in a day-long UK-based Zêzerearts Choral workshop with all the usual hallmarks of a Zêzerearts production: great choral music in a convivial atmosphere, the chance to make new friends and connections while visiting wonderful places and enjoying the highest standards of music making.
Under the leadership of fantastic musical directors, we will sing music we all know and love along with some less familiar choral gems, presenting a whirlwind tour of the choral canon in the evening to a combined audience of your friends in attendance and local concert goers. The concert will be followed by a locally-sourced, organic supper, which is included in your workshop ticket.
Tailor your experience
Depending on what you are looking for from the workshop, you can choose to be a part of either:
- The symphonic chorus: if you’re looking for a relaxed but active day’s singing, with repertoire we hope you’ll already be familiar with and have enjoyed singing before
- An advanced choir: if you’re looking for more of a musical challenge, with lesser-known but readable repertoire – some preparation may be required in advance. This group is ideally aimed at experienced amateur choristers, conductors, student conductors and professional or student singers.
Zêzere Festival of the Arts takes place annually in Tomar, Portugal. Singers, musicians, dancers and their directors live and rehearse in the deeply atmospheric and historically significant structures which form the Convento de Cristo, a UNESCO world heritage site.
The singing-related aspects of the festival provide performance and development opportunities covering the opera, song and choral disciplines. Performances take place across the Zêzere river region enhancing cultural life for of the communities in the region.
The festival provides opportunities for audiences singers of all levels to come together to experience making music in some of the most breathtaking settings in Europe. All of rehearsals are carried out in English, and there is a strong contingent of regular attendees from Portugal, the UK and Ireland who have forged great friendships down the years, and make a beautiful sound together.
Brian will be joined in the UK by his team of regular collaborators: The visiting artists
The day will take place in the peaceful surroundings of Busses Farm in East Grinstead, home to a stunning barn venue – Yoghurt Rooms – where we will rehearse and perform.
Who should attend?
This event is aimed at singers of all levels and we particularly encourage you to attend if you:
- love attending come-and-sing events
- are a young professional singer or student of singing
- are a member of a choral society or traditional choir
- are interested in ensemble work and networking
- are exploring options for a residential choral retreat
Places are limited to a maximum of 90 singers, so please book now to avoid disappointment.
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Make the most of it
You are welcome to spend the whole weekend with us enjoying the Sussex countryside, and we encourage you to bring your friends and family members to attend the evening concert.
In the run up to the event, we will give mentions and thank yous to our supporters and collaborators – individuals and organisations – who get on board to make this day really special for everyone involved.
YourAccompanist make high quality affordable, piano accompaniment tracks for classical singers, choirs and teachers.
They are loaning us not one but two pianos for the event, and sending lots of amazing singers in our direction.
The YoghurtRooms barn has been made available to us at relatively short notice and it comes with a gang of willing helpers.
We are enormously grateful to Dirk, Joke, Tijs, Aafke and the whole team for their support in making this event happen.
The Busses Farm team are also the folks behind Busses Beef: pure grass-fed 100% organic beef raised right on the farm, a feature of our farmhouse buffet.
The amazing team of farm hands will be helping out during the event to make sure that our parking runs smoothly and that the barn is warm and welcoming.
Some us will be rehearsing in the spaces occupied by Busses farm’s Yoghurt Studios, where musicians of all genres come to rehearse and record.
Under the management of John MacKinnon the studio is flourishing, providing high quality recording facilities, including a custom built voice booth, lots of instruments, an immense mixing set up and a choice of ambiances.
John and the studio team will be supporting this event with their technical expertise, as well as allowing us the use of their spaces.
Vocalzone is a unique blend of natural ingredients (menthol, peppermint oil, liquorice extract and myrrh) that have a soothing effect on the vocal cords.
The lovely people at Vocalzone are sending along some of their fantastic pastilles to feature in our singer gift bags.