LONDON, Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- They've sung with Sting, toured with Ben Folds and made Martin Freeman's "heart beat faster" with their new record, and for their next trick, The Unthanks are teaching lucky amateurs to sing in the Abruzzo, one of Italy's most beautiful regions.
Singing Holidays has created this trip-of-a-lifetime with Rachel and Becky Unthank, the sisters behind one of Britain's most successful folk acts - the only one to feature in Uncut's "best albums of the decade."
Arriving next June, guests will have three hours of vocal tuition every morning, in a landscape as timeless as the folk ballads they'll learn. And on the fifth and final day, vocal chords sufficiently tuned, a concert in the main piazza of a medieval hill town. Ever performed with a Mercury Prize nominee? Nor have we!
Radiohead, Damon Albarn, Elvis Costello and Robert Wyatt are all fans (along with Bilbo Baggins), and while we can't guarantee they'll be in the audience, be prepared to sign autographs for the local folk. The experience is sure to be unforgettable - and no experience is required to take part.
Like a well-strummed guitar, accommodation is the perfect accompaniment - a series of renovated peasant homes (a concept known as alberghi diffusi) strewn, along with late-spring flowers, through Santo Stefano di Sessanio. Also included are daily yoga sessions focussing on breath and posture, specially designed to support the voice.
For those about to folk, we salute you!
The five-night folk-singing trip costs £1,440pp, full-board, including tuition and yoga, departing on June 7, 2016; singingholidays.com; +44 (845) 642 0710
...or sing with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in Austria
Singing Holidays also has fabulous classical music trips. In Vienna, next March, guests will form a choir under the guidance of Guido Mancusi, conductor of the Volksoper Wien. The five-night trip culminates in a performance at the famous Michaelerkirche, a baton's throw from the Hofburg Palace, accompanied by members of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. Now that's what we call a crescendo.
Included is a room in one of the city's best hotels, individual singing lessons and tickets to see American soprano Renee Fleming and a show at the Vienna State Opera. For amateur singers who love classical music, it's an untoppable trip.
Launching next October is a magical classical holiday in Venice - prices and details coming soon.
The five-night trip to Vienna costs £1,890pp, including tuition, departing on March 30; singingholidays.com; +44 (845) 642 0710
For more information please contact :
Alex Mills (Owner of Singing Holidays)
Tel : +44 (845) 642 0710
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