Symphonic Holidays

With Symphonic Holidays you will have the opportunity to play at an advanced level in an amateur orchestra while enjoying your holiday in relaxing and inviting places in Southern Europe. We combine the comforts of Mediterranean life with our essential mission: to bring together people who share a passion for music. Our daily rehearsals culminate in a concert performance at the end of the vacation. Read more...

Symphonic Holidays
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Update Symphonic Holidays 2022

The Symphonic Holidays in Bardou June and July, in Santa Vittoria in August and in Cefalù in October are now confirmed to go ahead. These courses already have high numbers of participants, but still offer lots of opportunities for more amateur musicians to join.

Unfortunately, the recent easing of pandemic-restrictions came too late for the two courses in Santa Vittoria and Cefalù in spring. Both courses did not find enough participants and therefor will be rescheduled in spring 2023.

February 2022: New logo

Since “Symphonic Holiday“ was introduced as the name for our musical vacations in 2017, it gained popularity and became synonymous for amateur musicians coming together from around the world and seriously making orchestral music. To simplify communication, it was decided to drop the logo “da capo orchestra & travel”, making “Symphonic Holidays” the name now also of the company.

October 2021: New rental cellos

Traveling with a cello can be inconvenient and expensive. Cellists therefor often ask for a rental cello on a Symphonic Holiday. Two cellos were now purchased to meet this demand. Before, the cellos were rented ad hoc from various luthiers, which was always an exciting blind date. Now cellists can know beforehand on which cello they will be playing during their Symphonic Holiday. The cost for a rental cello is between 140,- € and 190,- € including a carbon bow and a light weight Bam cello case. If you are interested, please ask for a detailed description of the instruments.

February 2021: All Symphonic Holidays confirmed to run

Due to the number of bookings that came in so far, we are happy to confirm that all the four Symphonic Holiday scheduled for 2021 will run. So you can immediately make your travel arrangements.
We still have vacancies for all strings, timpani and a few winds. Please click on the tab "orchestra & team" on the pages of each Symphonic Holiday to get latest information on vacancies.

December 2020: Premio Buona Cucina

One orchestra, two chefs!

Symphonic Holidays essentially are music under the baton of a chef d’orchestre, but today our congratulations go to the chef de cuisine Daniela Funari with her family. During our stay in Santa Vittoria the Symphonic Holiday orchestra is pampered with the culinary delights created each day at their Ristorante Farfense, which was now awarded the prestigious Premio Buona Cucina of the Italian Touring Club for the "genuine cooking with a straight regional characteristic, in a cultivated and hospitable environment". Enjoy!

October 2020: Prix del violon Georges Enesco

Who is afraid of modern music?

Anna Göckel was awarded the Prix del violon Georges Enesco. The jury of composers selected Anna also for her engagement throughout the last years for contemporary music.

We feel privileged that Anna is happy to share Symphonic Holidays with us also in future. With her special expertise on contemporary music now underlined also by the Enesco price, planning is already on the way for courses including also modern repertoire.

February 2020: A magical place

A magical place

A new page has been added to this website, with additional background information on Bardou:


January 2020: New Wilfer double bass for Symphonic Holidays

We can provide you with a cello or double bass, if you are unable to transport your own instrument. While, in the main, we rent these instruments, we have commissioned our own double bass which is now ready to be played by our musicians.

The picture shows Rudolf Wilfer, a luthier particularly renowned for his double basses, together with our new instrument in his workshop near Erlangen in Germany.

"It’s a good bass, well set up. I was surprised how well it responds" says Franziska from Freiburg who had been on Symphonic Holidays before and has now tested the new instrument.

2nd December 2019: All Symphonic Holidays 2020 confirmed

Due to the number of advanced bookings, we are happy to confirm that all four Symphonic Holiday scheduled for 2020 will go ahead. So participants can immediately make their travel arrangements.

Still lot's of vacancies! Is your instrument still needed? For details on missing instruments please refer to the tab "orchestra & team" of each Symphonic Holiday.

September 2019: New in our team

We are happy that Cyrille Tricoire joined the team and for the first time on our Symphonic Holiday in Bardou in May 2020 will work with the cellos and double basses. Since 1993, Cyrille Tricoire has been Principal Cellist of the Orchestre Opéra National de Montpellier Occitanie and for many years has collaborated with the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Montpellier as a cello teacher giving regular classes and workshops, in which he particularly enjoys passing on his love of orchestral performance. For more information, please visit our team page.

1st July 2019: New equipment

New equipment.

For our Symphonic Holidays we are now equipped with 26“ and 29“ Adams Revolution Timpani. These timpani with a kettle made of hammered copper combine truly professional sound quality with a removable base for effortless portability. An innovative balanced action pedal system allows the Revolution base to detach from the kettle without any tools. The fine tuner allows the drum to achieve an octave range.

Symphonic Holidays

Cefalù 6th - 15th May 2023

David Curtis, conductor

Edward Elgar, Enigma Variations
Johannes Brahms, Symphony n. 2

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Bardou 12th - 23rd July 2023

David Sofer, conductor
Vincenzo Schembri, viola

FELIX MENDELSSOHN, Overture "The Fair Melusine"
BOHUSLAV MARTINU, Rhapsody concerto for viola
MAX BRUCH, Romance for viola and orchestra

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Cefalù 7th - 16th October 2023

Cayenna Ponchione, conductor
Hande Küden, violin

ETHEL SMYTH: Overture "The Boatswain’s Mate"
FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Violin concerto
JEAN SIBELIUS: Symphony n. 3

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Concerts 2022

Concerts 2021