Singing vacation in Portugal

“Sign up for a secular or sacred choral course in Portugal with expert tuition and an end of week public performance - guaranteed to send vocals soaring.”

Highlights

Morning rehearsals | Guimarães | Braga | visit a local vineyard for wine tasting | Porto | informal performance | evening BBQ | final concert in a public venue |

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Environment

It is important to minimise our impact on the local environment for the benefit of future generations.

While in Portugal we aim to use local produce wherever possible. We recycle much of our waste and keep energy usage to a minimum.

Water conservation is always a key concern and sheets and towels are washed only at the clients’ request. We also ask all clients to conserve water by taking short showers instead of baths.

When we are out and about in the countryside we encourage participants to preserve the local flora and fauna by sticking to established paths and taking all litter home with them.

In the UK we maintain a small office which minimises our use of electricity and gas. We are web-based and all correspondence is sent to clients electronically. The small amount of paper we use in the office is recycled and we rely on natural light for most of the day.

Community

Our accommodation in Portugal is in a hotel which employs many local people in the town of Guimarães for all roles including catering, cleaning and maintenance staff. Being a UNESCO World Heritage town, the area is accustomed to tourists, and the local people are very proud of their heritage and traditions, as well as their gastronomic specialities. Our aim is always to engage as much as possible with the local community and to allow our guests to experience the best that this fascinating region has to offer through visiting places of interest, meeting local people and tasting the local cuisine.

As far as possible, all of our food and drink is sourced from local suppliers and we prefer to use fresh, seasonal produce. The course participants are also encouraged to make use of the local shops and bars in the vicinity which will help to support the economy, vital for local businesses. There are also several artisan producers in the area and participants are encouraged to visit these and purchase items to take home, another way for our visits to help boost the local economy.

Our final concert will raise money for a local charity, and is a way of giving something back to the community who have been our hosts for the week.

2 Reviews of Singing vacation in Portugal

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Reviewed on 02 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Staying in the beautiful Pousada at Guimaraes, meeting a variety of friendly people on the singing, guitar and photography courses, the singing course itself and working on challenging music, led by Mary King, singing in the final concert in Guimaraes.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Book it!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It benefited local hotel staff and also, by performing in Guimaraes it benefited the audience culturally. I travelled to and from the venue by ferry and train so slightly less carbon footprint. Did not seem to support conservation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent - good value for money, great company, organisers and leaders, very relaxed (the big swimming pool helped!) a beautiful location (though my only slight moan is that it was quite a way from the town, but this was a good excuse to swim, lounge by the pool reading a book and exploring the lovely gardens!)Food was great and wine abundant. A really enjoyable and rewarding singing vacation - I hope to go on many more.

Reviewed on 01 Sep 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Very hard to say - it was all really good - excellent location,organisation,
opportunity to meet like minded people, whole experience

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make the most of every opportunity - go on the trips as they are well planned.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It supported a local hotel and some local businesses. Our concert was free with
collections going towards the community

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Outstanding in every way

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