ZêzereArts Choral Programme 2019

Convento de Cristo - Tomar  - Portugal

ZêzereArts is currently welcoming applications from individual singers and choirs wishing to join the 2019 Festival Choir, an amazing opportunity to spend time rehearsing and performing at historic monuments in the stunning Médio-Tejo region of Portugal.

ZêzereArts Festival Choir - July 13 - 21, 2019

Rehearsals and performances will begin on Saturday, July 13th and culminate with a performances on July 19th and 20th, together with the featured choirs of the 2019 ZêzereArts Festival, of an exciting programme of polychoral music including Thomas Tallis' famous 40 part motet "Spem in Alium", in the unique surroundings of the 12th century UNESCO world heritage monuments, the Convento do Cristo in Tomar and Batalha Monastery. During the week the festival choir and guest choirs will also perform in venues in the city of Tomar and others including the village of Dornes in Ferreira do Zêzere.

You will work with Zêzere Arts Artistic Director, Brian MacKay, with Pedro Correia and Aoife Hiney and other members of the music staff.

Our performance venues feature UNESCO world heritage monuments and medieval buildings, including the Convento de Cristo itself, Batalha Monastery, Dornes, Almoural Castle and the Capela Sta. Iria in Tomar, among others. The picture below is of the Capelas Imperfeitas (Imperfect Chapels) in the Manastery at Batalha. There are 8 archways, 7 chapels and the entrance, providing the perfect space for the eight choirs of the Tallis!

Capelas Imperfeitas - Batalha Monastery - Portugal

Apply Now!

Please contact us here to apply, express your interest or ask any questions you may have.  When doing so, please give us some idea of your choral experience.

The Convento de Cristo provides the most extraordinary atmosphere for a choral holiday. Perfect for relaxation and perfect for concentrated work. If singing, history, architecture and good food in a beautiful surrounding with sunshine is your thing, then this is for you!

If you have any questions about this exciting cultural opportunity, please contact us here.


  • Vaughn Williams - Toward the Unknown Region