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Symphonic Holidays

Frequently asked questions

How do I book?
What happens if there are not sufficient participants to form an orchestra?
What is the standard of playing?
How can I prepare the music?
Music stands and lights
Large instruments
What is the language used on a Symphonic Holiday?
What is the average age of participants on a Symphonic Holiday?

How do I book?
Please use the booking form by clicking on the booking button available next to the description for each programme. You can also send an email or write a letter providing the information requested in the booking form. You can write in English, German, French or Italian.

What happens if there are not sufficient participants to form an orchestra?
We will fill gaps – certain instruments missing – with professional musicians that will join us for the last rehearsals and the concert. This is of course possible only for a limited number of instruments, hence we do reserve the right to cancel a Symphonic Holiday if at any time up to two month before there were insufficient bookings. We do try to confirm a Symphonic Holiday as soon as possible allowing you time to make your travel arrangements. We do not refund travel expenses (for example for flight or train tickets) if you had booked your trip prior to our confirmation of the Symphonic Holiday.

What is the standard of playing?
We want to maintain a high musical standard for keen amateur players. An advanced level of instrumental proficiency is required. We expect participants to be able to play with clean intonation and with a pleasant tone and to be firm in rhythm. You should have experience in orchestra playing or at least in chamber music. A goal is to match your articulation with the group’s. We are not inclusive at any cost but we are also aware that a certain amount of challenge drives development.

How can I prepare the music?
We will provide the orchestral parts in due time before the holiday allowing you the time to prepare the music. This is essential for a successful and enjoyable Symphonic Holiday and we think that every musician should, in this respect, be aware of their responsibility towards the whole orchestra. The coaches will work with you on specific technical difficulties during the section rehearsals, but these precious hours should not be spent with sight reading of your notes.

Music stands and lights
On our Symphonic Holidays, we provide you with music stands, helping to make your luggage lighter. We also provide lights for every music stand and clear, well-printed original and large format parts, helping as much as we can so you can play the right notes!

Large instruments
On a Symphonic Holiday, 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 in the style of Amati which was built by Rudolf Wilfer. "It’s a good bass, well set up. I was surprised how well it responds" says Franziska from Freiburg / Germany who had been on Symphonic Holidays before and has now tested the new instrument.

We also provide instruments for timpanists and percussionists, and our stock includes Adams Revolution timpani with a cattle of hammered copper, together with a timpani chair and a shelf for sticks, and a concert snare drum Pearl Philharmonic Serie.

What is the language used on a Symphonic Holiday?
The language used during rehearsals and for practical information will basically be English, but we do encourage people to make use of all possible languages dependent on the various situations. However while rehearsing and practicing our instruments, we know as musicians, we will express ourselves in the one language that we all have naturally in common.

What is the average age of participants on a Symphonic Holiday?
Players of any age are welcomed. The age range varies from students up to amateur musicians that already look back on decades of experience with their instrument. It happens only in very rare cases that players younger than 18 join us, and in which case they travel at their own responsibility.

Symphonic Holidays

With da capo orchestra & travel 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.

We want to maintain a high musical standard for keen amateur players.  An advanced level of instrumental proficiency and experience in orchestra playing is required. But we are also aware that some amount of challenge drives development. The orchestral parts will be made available to you in advance to familiarize yourself with them. We want you to enjoy the music! If you have doubts whether a project is suitable for you, then please do not hesitate to contact us. We will help you find the project that gives you the most satisfaction.

The projects will be multilingual with participants and team members coming from different countries. A basic command of English is recommended.

upcoming
Symphonic Holidays

Cefalù 2nd - 11th October 2020

MOZART, Overture to Idomeneo
SCHUMANN, Violin Concerto
HAYDN, Symphony No. 104

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Bardou 5th - 14th June 2021

String Orchestra

RESPIGHI, Antiche danze
SCHUBERT, Rondo for violin solo and strings
DVOŘÁK, Serenade for Strings

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Santa Vittoria 17th - 26th July 2021

PROKOFIEV, Classical Symphony
STRAUSS, Oboe Concerto
GOUNOD, Symphony No. 1

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Bardou 1st - 12th August 2021

BEETHOVEN, Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus
MENDELSSOHN, Violin Concerto
SCHUBERT, Symphony No. 4 "Tragic"

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Cefalù 1st - 10th October 2021

FAHIM, Arson: Dreams of Peace
PIAZZOLLA: Estaciones Porteñas for solo violin
WILLIAMS, Vaughan: Symphony No. 5"

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