Poland 2022

 

Summer Music Course and Concert Tour

 

18th-28thAugust 2022

 

The Dark Peak Summer Music Course and Concert Tour 2022 is to Krakov and the Tatra Mountains in Southern Poland. Giving three performances in amazing venues, this will be an opportunity to experience this fantastic part of the world, with three days in the stunning mountains around Zakapone, followed by three days in Krakov, one of Europe’s most fascinating cities.

The core of the group will be the Dark Peak Concert Band and Orchestra, although there will be spaces available for other players of Grade 3 and above (including past members) to join the course.  We hope to present a varied programme, including wind and string chamber ensembles. The programme will accommodate all playing levels.

The course will start with a day of rehearsal during the week preceding at home before setting off by coach to Zakopane in the beautiful Tatra Mountains, where we will be staying for three nights in the amazing Hotel Kasprowy. With its two thermally heated swimming pools (one outdoor and one indoor), sauna suite, tennis facilities and surrounding woodland, the hotel provides the perfect base for our rehearsals and to enjoy some leisure time in the Tatra Mountains.

Taking the funicula up to the mountain top, we will have time to enjoy outdoor activities such as dry tobogganing, or just walking in Poland’s own version of the Alps. We will finish the day travelling by cable car straight to the door of the hotel.

For the second half of the trip we will transfer to the Hotel Chopin, which is ten minutes walk from the city centre of Krakow. Depending upon uptake there will be the chance for a group to visit the holocaust museum at Aushwitz. For those who prefer there will be a day exploring Krakow, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most interesting cities in Europe, or an excursion to the Salt Mines. We will be giving three concerts, in Zakopane,  Dobczyce and one in St Katherine’s Church in Krakow. From previous experience we can expect large and enthusiastic audience.

The Hotels

We will be staying in four star hotels, the first being the amazing Hotel Mercure Kasprowy in Zakapone.

For the second half of the tour we will be staying at the Hotel Chopin. Just outside the walls of the city, it is 10 minutes walk from the centre. Krakov is a relatively small city, impossible to get lost in and safe for groups of young people to explore.

Our Courier

Once again we are going with ACFEA Specialist Travel which is without doubt the best musical tour operator. We know from experience that they will give us fantastic performance opportunities with great audiences, 5-star travel and the very best restaurants.

 

Provisional Itinerary    (NB. For guide purposes only – detailed itinerary to follow)

Thursday 18th August
Rehearsal day in Glossop Friday 19th August
Van with gear sets off – day off for the players

Saturday 20th August
6am start. Ferry to Calais then overnight, stopping for meals in Germany, to Poland

Sunday 21st August
Arrive at Hotel Mercure Kaprowy, Zakapone.
Time to enjoy the hotel facilities, explore the area … or just snooze.
Short evening Rehearsal in the hotel

Monday 22nd August
Free time in Zakopane
Option – take funicular railway up Gubalowka hill (approx. £5)
At the summit are many activities for children such as dry tobogganing  Walk along the top then take the chair-lift directly into the hotel grounds
Rehearsal in the hotel. Dinner option – folk evening in highland restaurant – NB. additional cost

Tuesday 23rd August
Rehearsal in Holy Cross church, Zakopane
Free afternoon
Evening Dinner in a restaurant
Concert 1 in Holy Cross church, Zakopane

Wednesday 24th August
Check out of the hotel
Transfer to Dobczyce for rehearsal in music school concert hall
Evening Dinner in a restuarant
Concert 2 in Dobczyce Music School Concert Hall
After concert continue to Krakow and check into new hotel, the Hotel Chopin

Thursday 25th August
Options – visit Auschwitz or the Krakow Salt Mines (additional cost)
NB it is vital to make a very early reservation for these excursions
Alternative is free time in Krakow`s historic and UNESCO listed old town
Evening Dinner in Krakow restaurant and free time in the old town

Friday 26th August
Free morning in Krakow
Rehearsal in St Katherine`s church in the Jewish district of Krakow
Concert 3 in St Katherines Church
Final dinner in a restaurant
End of tour party in the hotel

Saturday 27th August
Free morning
Load coach and start journey home

Sunday 28th August
Arrive Glossop c.7pm

The Cost

The cost of the trip will be £870, which includes half board and group travel insurance. Optional excursions and lunches may need to be paid for out of pocket money (we will recommend an amount nearer the time), unless we can work the budget to include them. Personal musical instrument insurance is not included.

Payments will be one initial deposit of £90 by July 31st 2021, followed by either 10 instalments from September to June 2022 or  payment in full. Other payment options are possible by arrangement.

Signing Up

If you wish to reserve your place please return the tear-off slip (all forms received will be dealt with in date order)

It may be possible to offer a limited number of bursaries to assist with the costs on application.

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I would like to reserve a place for my son/daughter to take part in the Poland Summer Music Course 2022

Name of player …………………………………………………………………………..…………

Parents Name ………………………………………………………………………………………..

Instrument ……………………………………………………………………………….…………….

Telephone  …………………………………………Email ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Please indicate which payment option you like to use for the balance:

An initial deposit of £90 should be returned with this application by July 31st, 2022

(cheques payable to “Dark Peak Music Foundation”).

Payment by BACS:      Dark Peak Music Foundation      Sort Code 01-03-38      Account Number 29262275

Please identify payments with name and Poland eg. C SHARP POLAND

Please return this slip either at a rehearsal or by post to 78 Church Street, Old Glossop, Derbyshire SK13 7RN

 

 

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