Historic and simple accommodation in the centre of Salzburg.
Delicious food in handpicked restaurants.
All meals (and wine with dinner), transfers and tuition
The full Apfelstrudel!
Did you know that 2020 will be the fifty-fifth anniversary of The Sound of Music? I know, doesn’t time fly! Whether it be the endless re-runs at Christmas or a night out, dressed up as a nun in a cult sing-a-long, The Sound of Music has captured and continues to capture the hearts and voices of every generation from across the globe. In 1966, a year after its release, it became the highest-grossing film of all time – a position it held for five years, and today, the von Trapp craze shows no sign of slowing.
With all that in mind and after the gold lamé and platform boots of last year’s ABBA Singing Holiday in Croatia, we thought it might be a good idea to dust off a dirndl and pull on some lederhosen for a Sound of Music reboot! So in May 2020, we’re off to climb every mountain and cheer up the odd random lonely goatherd in the beautiful, picturesque and sunny Austrian paradise that is Salzburg!
During your five-night stay, the fabulous Lizzie Deane will be eking out all your inner Julie (or Plummer) to re-create the best von Trapp choir of 2020. Whether you’re sixteen or going on seventy (or beyond), it’s time to say ‘So long’ and ‘Farewell’ to that everyday grind and ‘Hallo und Guten Tag’ to your ‘favourite things’ amongst some new friends with the very same passion.
Lizzie’s teaching is entertaining, funny and brilliant, so whether you’re pinned to the shower curtain of insecurity or, already out there giving it the full Apfelstrudel, she’s the perfect person to inspire the very best musical performance in you and the group. A three-hour singing workshop each morning will culminate in a spectacular performance by you (and Lizzie) on the final evening.
Staying in simple yet charming accommodation right in the centre, you’ll be literally on the doorstep of all the action. Whether it’s beer gardens, cafés, museums, river walks or a leisurely stroll through the old town, you’ll be perfectly positioned to take full advantage.
Of course, as well as Dame Julie, Salzburg is famous as the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart so perhaps, we’ll also slip in a little musical tribute to the great man himself during your stay.
As with all Singing Holidays, we like to stay in cosy and lovely accommodation. That could be a luxury villa in Sicily, a boutique hotel on the banks of the Grand Canal in Venice or equally a simple hostel. It’s never the stars awarded, or the price asked that determines our choice but rather the people who run the accommodation and that intangible feeling one gets from just being there. Of course, the position is vital and the thoughtful little details by the host, crucial.
San Sebastian in Salzburg is a perfect example. This is a very simple accommodation, but Petra and all the ladies who work there are so lovely and good at what they do, they make the whole place somewhere special. The rooms are super clean and cosy, the breakfast delicious, and the position – right in the heart of Salzburg – perfect. There’s a wonderful feeling of calm and joy there which can’t be engineered with money, flat-screen TVs or deep-pile carpet. This is simple, unvarnished, honest living that is delightful.
The church of San Sebastian is famous for many reasons not least the Mozart family who reside in the garden. I say the garden, I mean in the cemetery. So, well within earshot of our lonely goatherd! Lucky them!
Linzer G. 41, 5020 Salzburg, Austria
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.