Singing Together Makes for a Great Vacation
Lots of us love to take in live entertainment when we travel, maybe it’s a steel band in the Caribbean, a jazz combo in New York or the opera in Italy. And at Vision, we can make that connection with music even stronger: our travel advisor Martina Peladeau organizes group tours for amateur choristers.
For many years now she has worked with Canadian choir master and group escort Peter Dent, who is also a pianist and composer. The groups – which have travelled as far afield as the Caribbean and on a Pacific Cruise – are comprised of strictly amateur singers. No audition is required, though you are expected to have some experience in choral singing and an understanding of the principles of reading music. And, of course, a love of singing.
The tours have proven so popular (there are usually 50 to 70 in the group) that many clients book year after year. It’s a perfect combination of rehearsals (usually in the morning) with sightseeing, free time and performances in venues as diverse as a cathedral in Budapest or an auditorium in rural Cuba. And this August, there’s a sold-out choir group performing classic Canadian folk songs on board an Alaska cruise!
Next for choir-tour fans is a February 2018 Latin-Flavoured Pop and Folk Tour of Cuba, always a popular destination for these groups. The group will be warmly welcomed back to the all-inclusive Cameleon Villas resort in Jibacoa, an hour from Havana, and during the two-week stay will rehearse together and perform for local residents, accompanied by professional Cuban musicians who have provided instrumental accompaniment for Peter’s groups since 2007. Priced from $2,050 Cdn all-inclusive including air (the cost may vary depending on your departure airport in Canada), transfers from the airport to the resort, all meals and drinks – and huge fun and fellowship.
There is also the annual tour of Europe (In June 2018 to the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy and Croatia) which lasts 20 nights, though you can take “segments” as short as 10 days. With a stellar combination of touring ancient and cultural sites and performances in historic churches (sometimes even during mass), this tour will be unforgettable for its fellowship and shared experiences. This tour is priced from $3945 Cdn (plus airfare) for the full 20 days or from $2820 for the 10-day portion.
“I’ve loved singing all my life and am a choir member,” says Vision advisor Martina, “So I really love the friendships that can develop and the wonderful sense of shared achievement that the group members experience on these tours. They have truly brought tremendous fulfillment and meaning to my life.”