Frequently-asked questions

All courses

Partners are welcome to attend at a discounted rate (except in Morocco; please enquire for details). As well as joining the group for all meals, excursions etc, there is plenty to do during workshop times – swimming, exploring, or simply having some time out with a good book!
Our caterers are accustomed to people who for medical or other reasons need a special diet, so please let us know your requirements and we will discuss your needs with them.
Please refer to the individual course pages for details of single rooms offered.

Singing

The course is aimed at enthusiastic amateur singers. The majority of people who attend will have had some experience of choral singing, and most will be able to read music. If you are unsure, just ask!
The rehearsal is an opportunity for participants to meet and sing through some of the music that we will be working on during the week. All participants are encouraged to attend, although we understand this may not be possible for everyone due to distance or other commitments.
Not necessarily, if you are prepared to learn your music in advance of the course! All participants will be given a link to download PDF and audio files of the music we will be singing, so you will have a few weeks in which to get a good grasp of the notes. The aim is to spend as much time as possible on the course working on musical shape, tone, blending, vocal technique etc., rather than simply learning notes. This will make the course more enjoyable for all.

We sing in the mornings from 10am-1pm with a coffee break. On most days, voice clinics/sectionals will take place in the early afternoon followed by an excursion, which will return before suppertime.

The morning sessions are spent together as a full choir and we split into smaller groups for vocal coaching and sectional rehearsals for the afternoon sessions.

Vocal coaching sessions are an opportunity for individuals or small groups to sign up for additional tuition. These sessions can be used for coaching on specific repertoire or as a singing lesson, where technical issues can be addressed on a one-to-one basis.

Guitar

The course is aimed at enthusiastic amateur guitarists. The majority of people who attend will have some experience of guitar playing (at least 3 years is recommended), and will be able to read music.
We will cover a wide range of solo and ensemble repertoire during the course. Participants are encouraged to prepare a couple of pieces in advance for the masterclass sessions. Music for the ensemble sessions will be provided, but please feel free to bring music with you that you think others might enjoy.

Morning sessions run from 10am-1pm with a coffee break. On most days the one to one sessions will take place in the early afternoon followed by an excursion, which will return before suppertime.

The schedule for group workshops, masterclasses and ensemble rehearsals will be tailored around the individual needs of the course participants.

All participants will receive at least one individual session which can be used for coaching on specific repertoire or to work on aspects of technique.
Not all acoustic guitars will need amplification for this course, so please contact us to check in advance. Some participants may like to bring a small amplifier, such as a Roland Micro Cube, which can fit in most luggage and weighs only 2.7 kilos.

Photography

Whether you’re master of your DSLR or lover of your compact camera, we will help you progress to the next level. Tuition will be tailored to all levels of experience and combined with opportunities to take pictures in beautiful surroundings, you are sure to return home with great memories to add to your portfolio.
We recommend you bring the following:
  • DSLR or compact digital camera with control over shutter speed and aperture
  • Tripod
  • Memory cards
  • Spare battery and charger
  • USB stick
  • Your camera’s manual, if you have it
  • Laptop, iPad if you have one with software for downloading and organising your images (e.g. Lightroom, Picasa) and basic editing software (if you don’t have photoshop, gimp is a free alternative). This is not essential however but IT facilities will be limited.
We offer photo clinics to individuals to sign up for 1-1 sessions (please note these are more informal in Morocco). These sessions can be used for any particular technical issue you may be having or for creative feedback on your work.

Other questions?

If you have questions that have not been answered above, we would be happy to talk to you. Please get in touch, either by phone, email [email protected] or you can request a ringback.