Date: 24 Aug—4 Sep 2019
Cost: $4200 (Australian dollars)
Location: French Alps
Run by: Moya Simpson
In picturesque surroundings, join joyous daily singing sessions run by Australian singer and choir leader (and long distance NVN member) Moya Simpson. Be part of an instant choir that will spontaneously pop-up in markets, ancient churches, and on mountain tops. Sing alongside a French community choir run by the local judge. Take part in a variety of walks that range from short river meanders to mountain trails. All this and more is included in a tour organised by Canberra-based musicians Jo Cresswell and Dave O’Neill.
This all takes place from Aug 24-Sept 4 2019 in the beautiful Alpine region of south-eastern France, near the Italian border, an area rich in mountain grandeur, sparkling rivers and verdant valleys. The tour is based around two centres 20 kms apart- the UNICEF world heritage listed town of Briançon, and the picturesque village of Névache.
Accommodation is in a mixture of gites (holiday homes), apartments and a family run hotel. The cost is $4200 (Australian dollars), which includes accommodation, all mini-bus transport, all breakfasts, most lunches and dinners. (You will need to pay for 10 meals which might be picnic supplies, and cafes and restaurants when we are out together), and services of tour guide, singing, music tuition and jam sessions. Air fares are not included.
Moya Simpson is a singer/choir leader/cabaret performer based in Canberra, where, alongside singing songs of political satire, she runs a large world music community choir, Worldly Goods.
Her work with choirs and in voice workshops has been very much inspired by her mentor, Frankie Armstrong for over thirty years, with whom she has trained. She is a passionate advocate for everyone’s right to sing, and when they do, to do it with joy and meaning, whilst honouring the culture each song comes from. Her voice workshops are known for their energy and humour.
Whilst Eastern European song is her pet subject, her choral repertoire is wide- from Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and, of course, Australia. From her vast collection she will choose songs that have connections to mountains and Alpine areas.