A wonderful opportunity to stay in the heart of the old town of Salzburg in luxury accommodation during the time of the Christmas Markets on this mouth-watering Classical Singing Holiday with Robert Dean.
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Luxury Salzburg Classical Music Holiday
Four-hour daily singing workshops with Robert Dean
Perform in the centre of Salzburg with members of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Luxury accommodation in the oldest Inn in Salzburg
Location: The Old Town, Salzburg
Stay during the Christmas Markets
All meals (and wine with dinner), transfers and tuition
Performance with members of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra in Salzburg
Flying fishes in Salzburg
‘In Salzburg, Lovely Salzburg
Where the flying fishes play
Where the schnitzel is high as an elephant’s eyes
And the skies are not cloudy all day.
Come to Salzburg with me…
By the sea!
From ‘Bells Are Ringing’ by Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Jule Styne
Well, there’s no sea, no Spanish bullfighters, no flying fish, limited schnitzel and definitely no elephants. Apart from that, Betty and Adolph have conjured up a perfect representation of what you can expect on our Luxury Salzburg Classical Music Holiday with the brilliant Robert Dean.
Salzburg is, undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful towns in Europe. Famous, of course, not for its elephants but for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. I remember fondly watching my mother research, write and type out my dissertation on the great man for my final year exam at The Guildhall School of Music. She got an A! I was so proud.
I decided that a long weekend recce to the land of Wolfgang was in order, so I jumped on a train in Florence and squeezed myself into an overnight couchette. If you’ve ever had the urge to take a sleeper, resist. Don’t do it! It’s not as romantic as you might think. If you’re fond of sleeping with strangers in a nanoscopic, hermetically sealed space with loud snoring from both ends (literally), then – by all means – take the plunge. Otherwise, give it a wide berth (if only!). So, there I was, awake, alert (on guard even!), fully clothed and bolt upright, winding my way over to the land of the flying fish!
I arrive at Salzburg Hauptbahnhof on a beautiful morning. Last night’s ordeal has, for the most part, faded quickly as the clean, crisp Alpine air cleansed the stale taste of the couchette from my soft palate. It is only 8.00 am so I decide to walk to the Blaue Gans – my hotel of choice – check-in and drop off my bag. Ten minutes later and I’m already crossing the Salzach river and right on the edge of the old town. The low morning light makes Salzburg look even more pearlescent and picturesque.
Arriving at the hotel, I’m greeted by the delightful Fraulein Loidl, who takes my bag and ushers me into the breakfast room. I’m so glad she has because a) I’m starving and b) I’m just about to experience a seriously delicious breakfast. I’m just trying to think if I’ve had one better… I’m presented with a choice of freshly-squeezed juices, all sorts of berries and seeds, delicious local cheeses and meats, cooked eggs and Speck (any which way)… the list is endless.
I am feeling both healthy and, as you know rather peckish, so I opt for the healthy option (for the diet) followed almost immediately by the peckish one – all in the name of research you understand. This is a perfect start, I think. I fork in a piece of seedy Brötchen and poached egg as I ponder my surroundings.
The hotel Blaue Gans (Blue Goose) was the oldest Inn in Salzburg so you can imagine the style. It’s all very Austrian townhouse charming. Being right in the centre, everything is quite literally on the doorstep. However, the Blaue Gans doesn’t feel all rushed or noisy. There’s a laid back, homely feel going on here, due in part to its cosy interior but also, its position in a small ‘Gasse’ next to the church of St. Blasius. It’s all rather smart. A boutique, art hotel that’s been given a thoroughly contemporary refurb without losing any of its olde-worlde appeal.
So, after stuffing – I mean, carefully considering – the peckish option at breakfast, I decide to make a beeline for my room having been given the all-clear by Fraulein Loidl. I whizz up, wasting no time. I plan on stealing back some lost hours from the previous night, so I am keen as mustard to tick off the first items on the Singing Holidays check-list. ‘Bounce on bed’, ‘Check for lumpy anythings’ and ‘Lie down horizontally for sufficient time to fully evaluate’.
My room is a paradoxical combination of spacious and cosy. Original windows and charming old building irregularities conjure up a feeling of an intimate nest while long, oak floorboards, wool upholstery and crisp linen create an interior of reassuring comfort.
I stare at the bed.
It stares back, giving nothing away.
Like Clint Eastwood, I narrow my eyes and mutter the legendary line from Dirty Harry, ‘make my bed punk’ and launch myself directly into its centre. A ‘twin bed in disguise’ risk in retrospect but, as with all Singing Holidays research, we take risks, so you don’t have to! Within minutes I’m asleep, and the bed is grateful for it.
41-43, Getreidegasse, 5020 Salzburg
EVERYTHING was done well. Nothing was too much trouble for Alex and Temi. The whole experience was really enjoyable and left me feeling so happy.I can’t wait to go on my next singing holiday!
'A memorable holiday!'
Singing by the beautiful Weißensee with the warm and hugely talented Unthanks delivered all that I’ve come to expect from holidays with Alex and Temi: a lovely setting, infectious good humour and the pleasure of music-making led by exceptional and delightful musicians. Throw into the mix an evening performance with local singers leading to a laughter-filled exchange of songs stretching into the wee hours and I’m left with memories of one of the most joyful experiences of my musical life.
Small is beautiful
We think it’s the little things in life that matter the most. That’s why we only take small groups on our singing holidays. We want you to eat in tiny restaurants where mamma still cooks the food and stay in cosy, exquisite nests that feel like home.
We want you to get the maximum from every opportunity – from the incredibly talented professionals who teach you right through to the inspirational performance spaces that might otherwise be inaccessible.
A small group allows us to focus on the little details that can make all the difference and on you as an individual rather than just a face in the crowd. Most importantly though, a small group engenders a warmth and intimate connection between ‘friends’ who just LOVE to sing.