Zêzerearts Choral Programme 2018

Convento de Cristo - Tomar  - Portugal

An amazing opportunity to spend time rehearsing and performing in one of the most beautiful and extraordinary historic buildings in the world.

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Convento de Cristo

The stunning Convento de Cristo in Tomar was built in the 12th Century as a Templar fortress and is a World Heritage Site.  Steeped in history, the convent was the headquarters of the Templar order in Portugal, a vital stronghold in the struggle with the Moors and later central to Portuguese expeditions in the Age of Exploration.  The Convento is vast and features a 12th century, round Templar church as well as 8 spectacular cloisters from the 15th and 16th centuries.

July 14th - July 22nd 2018

Zêzerearts Festival Choir 2018

Participants in the ZêzereArts Festival Choir can choose between the Core Programme (July 14th - 22nd, 2018) and the Weekend Works Programme (July 19th - 22nd, 2018). Core Programme participants may also apply for Individual Singing Lessons, Solo Song Coaching and/or Chamber Music.

ZêzereArts Festival Choir

Core Programme

July 14th - 22nd 2018

For experienced choral singers looking for a full programme of rehearsals and concerts, including a performance in the cloisters of the 12th century monastery, the Convento do Cristo, on July 21st.

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ZêzereArts Festival Choir, Weekend Works Programme

July 19th - 22nd 2018

For experienced choral singers looking for a shorter, more compact programme of rehearsals, culminating in a concert in a unique, historic venue. This is an ideal option for singers wishing to combine a holiday in Portugal with some choral singing, or to combine a family holiday with an activity holiday, for example.

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Special March Offer

Introduce a first-time-participant tenor or bass to the ZêzereArts Festival by March 31st, 2018, and both of you can enjoy a €50 fee discount. Please see below for terms and conditions.

Stunning Rehearsal & Performance Spaces

Capela dos Reis Magos - Convento de Cristo - Tomar - Portugal

The Convento de Cristo is able to provide accommodation and rehearsal space which will be for the private use of the festival singers. The picture above is the 'Capela dos Reis Magos' and is an example of one of the rehearsal and performance spaces.  It will be hot in July and you can see from this picture and others that the Convento, with its thick walls and shaded areas is an ideal place to be when the sun is up.

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 are the stuff of dreams. The Convento de Cristo itself, Batalha Monastery, Dornes, Almoural Castle, Capela Sta Iria in Tomar and others yet to be announced! The picture below is of the Charola in the Convento de Cristo.

Charola - Convento de Cristo - Tomar - Portugal

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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.

March Offer Terms and Conditions:

1. The tenor or bass must be a first-time ZêzereArts Festival participant.
2. The tenor or bass must have some previous singing and/or choral singing experience.
3. In order to avail of the discounts, bookings must be confirmed by March 31st, 2018. Bookings are deemed confirmed on payment of the non-refundable deposit of €150.
4. You must state on the booking form, or in a separate email to aoife@zezerearts.com the name of the person who introduced you (if you are the new tenor/bass) or the new tenor/bass you are introducing.
5. The €50 discount will apply to the balance payment of the overall fee.
6. The offer is only valid once for each participant.
7. This special offer is subject to availability.
8. The organisation reserves the right to modify the closing date of this special offer.
9. The organisation reserves the right to decline applications should they not meet the general criteria (i.e. previous choral or singing experience)
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