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Camerata Gregynog Hall
18-20 October 2019
Camerata is aimed at a chamber choir of expert, ambitious and high achieving singers. It is run over a weekend in a number of attractive locations.

Gregynog Hall in mid-Wales has existed for some 800 years and came to fame for bringing art, music and creative skills to Wales in the aftermath of the 1st World War.

Camerata Gregynog Hall, 18-20 October 2019

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In our search for beautiful new venues for our courses we are pleased to offer a new Camerata weekend course for more experienced singers at Gregynog Hall in the village of Tregynon, Powys, mid-Wales. This extraordinary country estate has existed for some 800 years but the house we see now was built in the 1840s and was built to replicate the black and white timber-framed architecture of Montgomeryshire farmhouses. It came to fame when it was purchased by the Davies sisters in 1920 with the aim of bringing art, music and creative skills to the Welsh people in the aftermath of the 1st World War. It was visited by many famous people including George Bernard Shaw and Gustav Holst.

The Music Room in which we will be rehearsing and giving our concert is a huge space with a pipe organ and a beautiful concert grand piano. The house is full of wonderful features and beautiful rooms. The gardens are expansive and lovely to walk and relax in. It is wonderful to drive, seemingly endlessly, from the road into the estate and then see the house appear.

We are going to take advantage of the place by having a fully residential course starting with a meal together on Friday night and finishing after the concert on Sunday afternoon. For those wishing to, you can stay over Sunday night too (for an extra cost).

I have chosen a varied mixture of music with a Welsh slant for obvious reasons.

We will have a truly lovely and especially sociable weekend. Do come and join us! The provisional programme for the weekend is:

Friday:
7.00 pm Dinner
Saturday:
10 am Register and coffee
10.30 - 1.00 pm Rehearsal
1.00 - 2.00 pm Lunch
2.00 - 4.00 pm Rehearsal
4.00 - 4.30 pm Tea
4.30 - 5.30 pm Rehearsal
7.00 pm Dinner
Sunday:
10.00 am Rehearsal
Coffee
12.00 Rehearsal
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 - 4.00 pm Rehearsal
Tea
5.00 pm Performance

The package includes:
Friday evening 3 course dinner/overnight
Saturday breakfast/coffee/lunch/tea/dinner/overnight
Sunday breakfast/coffee/lunch/tea

The costs are:
£130 for course fee
£240 for en suite (£60 single supplement)
£225 for historic room (£60 single supp)
£190 for shared ensuite room
£180 for historic shared room

You have the option of staying on overnight on Sunday for an extra charge. If 15 people stay then they will offer dinner. Fewer than this will mean you having to find your own supper locally. The cost of an additional night is £73.50 B&B for two people sharing or £61.50 for a single room. A 2 course standard meal for that evening would be £15.50.