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Cefalù

Cefalù is the most vibrant of our destinations; a small town known for its picturesque historic centre with direct access to a wonderful beach. Sicily’s climate in autumn is normally still mild enough to allow swimming in the sea.

Cefalù is situated only 65 km east of Palermo, and together the two towns boast numerous noteworthy ancient monuments. Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Church of Cefalù together form a series of religious and community buildings dating from the era of the Norman kingdom of Sicily. Collectively, they are an outstanding example of a socio-cultural union between Western, Islamic and Byzantine cultures and, as such, are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The mountains of the Cefalù hinterland and the Parco delle Madonie natural reserve are ideal for both restful recreation and animated activities.

Coming next in Cefalù:

Symphonic Holiday
6th - 15th May 2023

Symphonic Holiday
7th - 16th October 2023

Sinfonietta Cefalù
6th - 15th May 2023

Conductor: David Curtis

EDWARD ELGAR: Enigma Variations
JOHANNES BRAHMS: Symphony n° 2

Vacancies for one bassoon, trombone, timpani, violin, viola, double bass

SCHEDULE

6th May 2023
Arrival of the participants in Cefalù and welcome dinner

ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS,
rehearsals (sectionals and tutti) will be in the morning until lunch and in the evening after an early dinner. Instruction by the coaches will be given on the first three days.

In the afternoons you can explore Cefalù, relax on the beach or make short sightseeing trips to near places.

10th May 2023
On this day we organize an excursion into the wonderful Natural Reserve Parco delle Madonie with its great variety of flora and fauna, stunning scenery and lovely towns.

14th May 2023
Final concert. In the evening we will have our farewell dinner in Cefalù.

15th May 2023
Departure

TEAM
Conductor: David Curtis
Coach violin: Rodrigo Bauzá
Coach viola: Vincenzo Schembri (to be confirmed)
Coach cello: Constance Ricard
Wind sectionals with David Curtis.

GENERAL INFORMATION / FAQ
Please do also read our general information with frequently asked questions on Symphonic Holidays.

ACCOMMODATION
The participants will be accommodated in various apartments in the historic centre of Cefalù. Single or double rooms

MEALS
We will take our meals (lunch and dinner) together at the seafront restaurants "Al Gabbiano", "Al Porticciolo" and "Lo Scoglio Ubriaco".

TRAVEL
The nearest airport is Palermo. Train services from Palermo airport to Cefalù with change in Palermo, travel time 2 - 2,5 h. We help to arrange taxi service from the airport of Palermo to Cefalù if there is a sufficient number of requests at the same time.
From Catania airport, train connection to Cefalù with change in Termini Imerese or Messina, travel time 3,5 - 4,5 h.
We are happy to help you with organizing your trip!

PRICE
1.120,- € including
- accommodation
- lunch and dinner, except two dinners
- bus transfers on the excursion and to concert venue

Students: 740,- €. The reduced fee for students is limited to the number of five places on this Symphonic Holiday.

Supplement for single room: 250,- €

BOOKING
If you wish to book this Symphonic Holiday, kindly use the booking form or send us an e.mail (mail@dacapo-travel.eu, writing in English, German, French or Italian). Your booking is binding as soon as we have confirmed it.

A non-refundable deposit of 150,- € is payable on confirmation that a booking has been accepted. The balance of the price is to be paid by 6th February 2023

Minimum group size 30 participants. We might decide to cancel a programme if at any time up to three month before there were insufficient bookings. We would refund everything you had paid to us. We do not refund your travel expenses if you had booked your trip (for example flights or trains) prior to our confirmation of the programme.

“I liked the way you managed the orchestra to become part of the town instead of being a group of regular tourists.”
Rosaline (clarinet), Amsterdam / Netherlands

“One of the best weeks of my life ever.”
Gillian (violin), London / UK

“Es war einfach rundum schön, erholsam, inspirierend in einem herrlichen Ambiente.”
Gertrud (cello), Herrenberg / Germany

Thanks for a fantastic symphonic holiday. I loved every minute and can't wait to come back next year!
Kate (bassoon), Ilfracombe / UK

Sinfonietta Cefalù
7th - 16th October 2023

Conductor: Cayenna Ponchione
Violin: Hande Küden

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

Vacancies for oboe, horn, trombone, strings

SCHEDULE

7th OCTOBER 2023
Arrival of the participants in Cefalù and welcome dinner

ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS,
rehearsals (sectionals and tutti) will be in the morning until lunch and in the evening after an early dinner. Instruction by the coaches will be given on the first three days.

In the afternoons you can explore Cefalù, relax on the beach or make short sightseeing trips to near places.

11th OCTOBER
On this day we organize an excursion into the wonderful Natural Reserve Parco delle Madonie with its great variety of flora and fauna, stunning scenery and lovely towns. In the evening we will have our farewell dinner in Cefalù.

15th OCTOBER
Final concert and farewell dinner

16th OCTOBER
Departure

TEAM
Conductor: Cayenna Ponchione
Coach violins: Hande Küden
Coach viola: Louis Merlet
Coach cello and double bass: Adriano Ancarani
Wind sectionals with Cayenna Ponchione

GENERAL INFORMATION / FAQ
Please do also read our general information with frequently asked questions on Symphonic Holidays.

ACCOMMODATION
The participants will be accommodated in various apartments in the historic centre of Cefalù. Single or double rooms

MEALS
We will take our meals (lunch and dinner) together at the seafront restaurants "Al Gabbiano", "Al Porticciolo" and "Lo Scoglio Ubriaco".

TRAVEL
The nearest airport is Palermo. Train services from Palermo airport to Cefalù with change in Palermo, travel time 2 - 2,5 h. We help to arrange taxi service from the airport of Palermo to Cefalù if there is a sufficient number of requests at the same time.
From Catania airport, train connection to Cefalù with change in Termini Imerese or Messina, travel time 3,5 - 4,5 h.
We are happy to help you with organizing your trip!

PRICE
1.120,- € including
- accommodation
- lunch and dinner, except two dinners
- bus transfers on the excursion and to concert venue

Students: 740,- €. The reduced fee for students is limited to the number of five places on this Symphonic Holiday.

Supplement for single room: 250,- €

BOOKING
If you wish to book this Symphonic Holiday, kindly use the booking form or send us an e.mail (mail@dacapo-travel.eu, writing in English, German, French or Italian). Your booking is binding as soon as we have confirmed it.

A non-refundable deposit of 150,- € is payable on confirmation that a booking has been accepted. The balance of the price is to be paid by 7th August 2023

Minimum group size 30 participants. We might decide to cancel a programme if at any time up to three month before there were insufficient bookings. We would refund everything you had paid to us. We do not refund your travel expenses if you had booked your trip (for example flights or trains) prior to our confirmation of the programme.

“I liked the way you managed the orchestra to become part of the town instead of being a group of regular tourists.”
Rosaline (clarinet), Amsterdam / Netherlands

“One of the best weeks of my life ever.”
Gillian (violin), London / UK

“Es war einfach rundum schön, erholsam, inspirierend in einem herrlichen Ambiente.”
Gertrud (cello), Herrenberg / Germany

Thanks for a fantastic symphonic holiday. I loved every minute and can't wait to come back next year!
Kate (bassoon), Ilfracombe / UK

Who is coming?
Gillian, an amateur violinist from London, shares her experience of being on a Symphonic Holiday in Cefalù / Sicily. Read more ...