ZêzereArts Festival Chorus - Full Programme 2023

Pedro Correia

“I always come, it’s by far the highlight of my singing year.”

The Festival Choir week begins with rehearsals on Saturday 15 July, leading to your first performance on Tuesday, which will be a presentation of romantic and contemporary works for choir and organ, directed by Pedro Correia, at the Santa Casa da Misericórdia in the historic centre of Tomar. For the rest of the week, you will be joined by all the other choral groups in preparation for the Four Choral Seasons programme, directed by Brian MacKay, which we will perform in Batalha on Friday evening, returning to Tomar for a second concert in the Convento do Cristo on Saturday 22 July.

Throughout the week, the Festival Choir will be rehearsed by Pedro Correia and Brian MacKay and coached by eight members of Záve, our resident professional vocal ensemble, who will also join you for your concerts.

“A wonderful choral concert made all the more rewarding by having the professionals supporting and singing with us in the choir. It really elevated my own performance.”

The ZêzereArts Festival Chorus attracts experienced choral singers from all over the world who wish to combine their love of singing and performing with a holiday in the sunshine, meeting like-minded people and enjoying the wealth of cultural experiences to be discovered in this region.

To enhance the ZêzereArts choral experience, there are also optional activities available to all Festival Choir participants: new for 2023 will be our programme of workshop events, led by experienced practitioners and researchers, and, for those wishing to develop their vocal technique, we offer individual singing lessons.

Typically based in and around the historic city of Tomar, the Festival Chorus week involves daily rehearsals culminating in public performances alongside all our choral groups and collaborating with the festival’s professional musicians and student instrumentalists.

During their stay, participants enjoy access to free Festival performances and plenty of downtime in which to explore the local sights and culture, and soak up the atmosphere.

Convento de Cristo
Charpentier Te Deum 2022
Záve at Santa Casa da Misericórdia Tomar
Mass in G Carlos Seixas 2022
Sea Swell Batalha 2019
Sea Swell 2019

Repertoire and Performances

Our performance venues feature UNESCO world heritage monuments and medieval buildings, such as the Convento de Cristo, Batalha Monastery, and the Church of the Santa Casa da Misericórdia, in Tomar.

Great Romantic Composers in the Churches of Paris

Santa Casa da Misericórdia, Tomar – Tuesday 18 July

Charles Gounod – Miserere
Jehan Alain – O Salutaris Hostia
Jehan Alain – Litanies (Organ)
Franz Liszt – Ave Maria, Ave Maris Stella
Felix Mendelssohn – How lovely are the Messengers (St. Paul)
Theodore Dubois – Toccata (Organ)
Louis Vierne – Alleluia (Messe Solennelle)

Four Choral Seasons

Mosteiro da Batalha – Friday 21 July
Convento de Cristo, Tomar – Saturday 22 July

Haydn – Komm, holder Lenz (Der Frühling)
Debussy – Printemps
Samuel Barber – Sure on this shining Night
Haydn – Heil, o Sonne, Heil (Der Sommer)
Ola Gjeilo – Across the Vast Eternal Sky
Haydn – So lohnet die Natur den Fleiss (Der Herbst)
Trent Worthington – Three Winter Songs
Haydn – Dann bricht der grosse Morgen (Der Winter)

Full Choral Programme sample schedule*

SATURDAY: Arrival in Tomar. Afternoon/evening: welcome, registration and rehearsals

SUNDAY: Morning: rehearsals. Afternoon: free time. Early evening: rehearsals

MONDAY: Morning: rehearsals. Afternoon: workshop (optional) / free time. Early evening: rehearsals.

TUESDAY: Morning: rehearsal and soundcheck in venue. Afternoon: workshop (optional) / free time. Evening: concert performance.

WEDNESDAY: Morning: all choral groups meet & rehearse. Afternoon: workshop (optional) / free time. Early evening: rehearsals. Evening: attend ZêzereArts concert (free entry)

THURSDAY: Morning: rehearsals / singing lesson (optional). Afternoon: workshop (optional) / free time. Early evening: rehearsals. Evening: attend ZêzereArts concert (free entry)

FRIDAY: Morning: rehearsals. Afternoon: coach travel to Batalha, rehearsal. Evening: concert performance.

SATURDAY: Morning: workshop (optional) / free time. Afternoon: rehearsal in venue. Evening: concert performance, end of choral week celebration.

SUNDAY: Leisure time / onward travel.

*All timings and activities are subject to change. Participants will receive their outline schedule in advance and daily updates during the festival.

Fees and Accommodation

Course fee: €420

Early Bird: €360 (apply before January 31st 2023)

If you have a special offer code, please enter the details under ‘Other Comments’ in the form above.

Once accepted a deposit payment of €150 will be required in order to secure your place.

The balance will be due at a later date. 

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