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Singing Holidays | Choral Singing in the Lot/Dordogne

Singing Holidays conducted by Anke de Bruijn in  Southwest France – Gather with an international group of fellow singers in the picturesque, unspoilt area between the medieval towns of Sarlat and Cahors, on the border of the départements of the Lot and Dordogne. You will enjoy a week full of coaching and choral singing in a beautiful thousand-year-old church with an inspiring teacher. Anke believes that singing is the soul in flight. You will learn about singing technique so you will know how to free your voice. You will focus on breath support, vowel formation and posture. You will also have enough time for sightseeing, relaxing and enjoying this beautiful area.

The programme of your Singing Holidays

…working your vocal technique …

We start each day focusing on our instrument: the body that channels the voice. Anke explains the principle of breath support focusing on becoming more aware of the body – which muscles to use and which to leave alone – striking a good balance between tension and relaxation. In addition to more traditional vocal exercises, Anke teaches about vowel formation and how to approach a repertoire efficiently.

…singing good music…

The repertoire is a mix from different periods. You don’t have to be able to sightread. However we do expect you to prepare, and we provide mp3 recordings to help you to do that! Sheet music is also provided in advance.

…achieving a great sound…

So… in just a week we will create a good sounding ‘pop-up’ choir in which the individual voice – your voice – plays an important part. Anke’s mission is to teach you to sing freely, and to feel safe enough to let that voice out when you perform on the last evening. The wonderful acoustics of the romanesque abbey church also help!

…enjoying great food…

We sing until lunchtime, then you are free to roam around the Lot & Dordogne until it is time for apéro and dinner.

…and enjoying your holiday in France

The other part of your Singing Holiday week is of course to take time out for a holiday. The Lot / Dordogne region is full of delights: medieval towns, the Lot, Dordogne and Célé rivers, fairy tale castles, prehistoric caves, a glass of rosé in the shade of plane trees… Sarlat, with its legendary Saturday market, Cahors, Rocamadour and St Cirq Lapopie are all within an hour’s drive.

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