Singing Slovenia 2018

Lakeland Voices in Skomarje, Slovenia May 2017


SINGING SLOVENIA - May 25-June 1 2018 


A tour with singing, visiting places of interest and beauty in Slovenia, meeting local singers and choirs, with short walks, meals with drinking songs, and friendship. 21 singers are joining us from our Lakeland Voice choirs and from further afield - including all of the four nations of the British Isles: Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England.

Most of all, we look forward to singing with our friends from Slovenia (including those we haven't met yet) who will join us at events while we are in this fabulous country famous for the beauty of its landscape, the quality of its singing, and the hospitality of its people.

Here is our programme for the week:

Friday May 25 

16:30 Choir arrives at Brnik airport

19:30 Evening meal at Povsin tourist farm, Selo pri Bledu 22, Bled, Slovenia  00386.45767630  – followed by singing.   

Saturday May 26 

11:30 – Singing at opening of Wildflower festival in Bohinjska Bistrica at the cultural centre.
Then Stara Fuzina – singing walk to the Koca na Voja mountain hut & waterfalls in Voje valley, singing among the wild alpine flowers with refreshment in the mountain huts.
19:00 – evening meal at Povsin  followed by singing at Monika’s tourist farm bar in Mlino pri Bledu - 1km away

Sunday May 27 

11:31 Bled Jezeru station - all aboard the south bound train on the Soča valley railway to Kanal arriving 12:41– singing on train and in stations – and in the town of Kanal, hosted by Miran Ipavec.
16:18 Train from Kanal to Bled Jezero  
19:00 Begunje concert in hilltop church at St Peter’s alongside Tirglav Lesce-Bled male voice choir – followed by evening meal in nearby mountain hut - hosted by Sašo Gašperin.

Monday May 28 

Afternoon - singing in Radovljica 

20:00  Concert with the Franc Urbanc male voice choir in Gorjuse hosted by Gospoda Franka Pavicic Sodja.

Tuesday May 29

Late morning - singing walk round Lake Bled, and rowing to the island to sing in The Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria. 

20:00  Concert with three other Slovenian choirs in Bohinjska Češnjica - in the Fire Station hosted by Gospoda Franka Pavicic Sodja.

Wednesday May 30 

11:00 arrive at Pod Rogla Hotel, Boharina 2,  Zreče, Slovenia   +386 3 757 68 00

13:00 afternoon singing on the Brinjeve Gore (blueberry hill) at Jozica Podgrajsek's farm with her family singing group Pevke iz Brinjeve Gore, and evening at Marjan Hren’s vineyard singing with Marjan’s folk group the Vinski Brati. (Sauna, swim in thermal waters, and walk – optional.) 

Thursday May 31  

18:00 singing with the Ljubljana Waldorf Choir in the Ljubljana Waldorf School - hosted by Gospod Igor Velepič 

Friday June 1

11:00 concert in Ljubljana Waldorf school.
Plus - short informal lunchtime farewell to Slovenia singing under the Preseren statue in the centre of city before we fly home.

Srečno pot!


Lakeland Voices at Christmas
Lakeland Voices in Slovenia May 2017


BACKGROUND

My love of Slovenia started when Sedbergh, the town where I live, became twinned with Zreče in Slovenia. The BBC made a film about it: "The town that wants a twin" showing how the policman stayed with our policeman, the baker with the baker, the post mistress with our postie - and of course the singers sang with ours.

Since we were twinned in 2005 we have had over 30 exchanges between singers - and also with town bands, school students, football teams and soon even a Bridge card playing society with ours in Sedbergh.

You can read about the twinning exchanges on http://sedberghinternational.blogspot.com/ - look under music for the singing exchanges organised by Lakeland Voice - or join us on any of our tours of Slovenia or here when we welcome choirs from Slovenia to visit and sing with our singers - with workshops, pub singing, concerts, walks and melodious international conviviality!

Our choirs Lakeland Voices, Penrith Community Choir, Cowgill Folk Chorale and the Cautley Carollers also sing Slovenian songs - especially the carols at Christmas which have become firm favourites. You can see and hear me teaching the parts of these carols on www.youtube.com/Lakelandvoices and see videos of visiting Slovenian folk choirs (and ours visiting Slovenia) on www.youtube.com/Davidburbidge

Lep pozdrav iz Sedbergha in upam se vidimo kmalu.

See our music and dance together with the Pevke iz Brinjeve Gore on a recent visit to Zreče at: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Davidburbidge#p/u/102/zjfxqKZw04c

See Slovenian and English choirs dancing together on one of our previous visits to Zreče at:http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Davidburbidge#p/u/94/KYtXAeAyjmQ

Lakeland Voices and zbor Jurij Vodovnik from our twin town Zreče
Skomarje - hill top village near our twin town Zreče

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