Date: 16–23 Dec 2021
Cost: £120 plus expenses
Details: 06:22 - 21:08
Location: Europe (UK and Continent)
Run by: David Burbidge
Contact details: David Burbidge - 015396 21166
Join us singing on trains to Slovenia, and meeting singers along the way on the trains from the 06:22 from Oxenholme (or other stations in the UK) to Ljubljana, via St Pancras in London, under the Channel tunnel to Paris to sing at the radical bookshop Shakespeare and Co. on the left bank of Seine, in the beautiful mediaeval Black Forest town of Rottweil (alongside local singers and Lucia Marquart and my daughter who live there,) in Switzerland where we will join the fabulous Bernina Express through the snowy Swiss Alps, and on to Slovenia and the romantic candlelit Christmas Markets along the banks of the Ljubljanica, with borovnicevec, mulled wine, and singing with our many friends and comrades from local choirs.
Then back on the romantic Blauer Enzion train through the snowy Austrian Alps to Salzburg, Munich, Brussels, and under the sea to St Pancras with a wee bedtime dram at 21:08 in Oxenholme on December 23.
We will be singing well known seasonal songs and folk carols which include favourites such as the English folk carol Shepherds Arise, Sheffield pub carols Pentonville and Cranbrook, Slovenian carols Glej zvezdice božje, and Božji nam je rojen sin, German folk carols like Süßer die Glocken nie klingen…and many others. Songs can be learnt at our fabulous Dent Folk Carols weekend in Cumbria, alongside our natural voice singers in Kendal’s Lakeland Voices, on Zoom tutorials – or via recordings and scores which I can send you. They need to be learnt in advance but can be brushed up en route.
We have now done over a dozen Interrail singing tours to Slovenia and are familiar with many of many of the issues that can arise. We have been singing in Slovenia since my home town Sedbergh became twinned with Zreče in 2004, and on trains for over 20 years, which include the Settle Carlisle Railway in Cumbria and the Soča Valley Railway in Slovenia.
Accommodation is either budget staying in singers’ homes along the way (sleeping bag required,) with home cooked food and packed lunches – or if you prefer in B&Bs. Costs £120 plus expenses (5 days in one month Interrail Global pass, train reservations, food etc.)
Singers will need a valid Covid vaccination pass, OR regular negative covid test certificates, OR official proof of having recovered from Covid 19 within the last 6 months.