Singing week at La Torre alle Tolfe near Siena, Tuscany, Italy
Rehearsal space opening onto the garden
The superb setting
LA TORRE ALLE TOLFE
La Torre alle Tolfe is a beautiful private villa set in a Tuscan garden amongst vineyards and olive groves. The villa lies at the heart of an organic estate, producing excellent Chianti wine, extra-virgin olive oil and grappa. It has far-reaching views across to Siena, only three kilometres away, and out over the hills of Chianti.
Several former farm buildings on the estate have been converted to charming and well-appointed apartments. The entire estate is managed by the Castelli family with a close-knit team, many of whom have spent much of their lives working on the property.
The main rehearsal space has excellent acoustics and opens onto the garden. There is also a large living room in the main villa with a Steinway grand piano, which can be used as another space for singing and music-making.
The villa has its own large and superbly situated swimming pool, as well as a boules ground, a full size billiards table inside and a table tennis table outside.
More about La Torre alle Tolfe here…
We will sing each morning and afternoon in the spacious rehearsal space at Le Tolfe. There will be time in the middle of the day to savour lunch in the shaded seating area in the courtyard, to relax, and to enjoy the pool and garden. The evenings will be free, to eat dinner together, socialise and relax.
There will be one free afternoon during the week to explore further and one evening we will put on a cabaret for each other – all contributions welcome.
We will enjoy a rich variety of songs during the week from both Jane and John: evocative folk songs, songs of stillness and beauty, uplifting harmonies, gospel songs and original compositions.
The group will be limited to 34 singers plus Jane and John.
JANE HARRIS & JOHN HARRISON
Jane and John co-led Sing the Cambridge Colleges in 2016 to great acclaim and worked together again near Lake Garda in 2018. They are hugely looking forward to returning to Italy for the Le Tolfe week.
Jane Harris is an experienced choir leader and Director of Songways, based in Bath, England. She leads singing workshops and singing weeks in beautiful places and three thriving choirs. She has a clear, inclusive and enabling teaching style, uncovering the best in singers’ voices and drawing people together with heartfelt, resonant singing. Jane teaches by ear and loves to explore songs in different ways to enrich and deepen the singing experience. She also writes harmony songs, often inspired by the natural world, and plays the fiddle.
A brilliant teacher – always patient, positive and encouraging – with a wonderful choice of songs
John Harrison is a composer, teacher, and arranger working in a variety of styles that reflect his eclectic background in music: rock, blues, jazz, country, gospel, and world music. He has for many years led summer singing camps for adults and teens through Village Harmony and Turtle Dove; directs the Montpelier Community Gospel Choir and Barre Rock City!; and leads workshops for community and church choirs throughout New England and beyond. He taught choral and elementary music at Twinfield Union School in Marshfield, VT for 11 years. John lives with his wife Scottie in Plainfield, VT.
A wonderful week of camaraderie, fun, and glorious music – feedback from one of John’s previous events
We will have exclusive use of the villa and its accommodation. The villa has 17 elegant and comfortably furnished bedrooms, almost all of which are ensuite. Many of the rooms have stunning views of the surrounding landscape and across to Siena. We will also have use of two apartments, each for four people.
IN THE VILLA
£820 per person Accommodation in a double room | Bathroom shared with 1 single room next door
£850 per person Accommodation in a single room | Bathroom shared with double room next door
£860 per person Accommodation in a double or twin ensuite room
£890 per person Accommodation in a superior double or twin ensuite room
£890 per person Accommodation in a single ensuite room
BELVEDERE APARTMENT A large elegant apartment in the garden of the villa including spacious living room, 2 twin rooms and 2 bathrooms. One entrance is via steep steps. Has own access for cars and own garden.
£920 per person Accommodation in a twin room with private bathroom
CIPRIANO APARTMENT A comfortable apartment including 2 twin rooms and 1 bathroom. Within the Le Tolfe estate 5 minutes walk from the villa
£830 per person Accommodation in a twin or double room | Bathroom shared between 2 rooms
FOOD & DRINKS
Breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided at Le Tolfe each day.
Tasty two-course evening meals will be served at Le Tolfe on six evenings, using locally sourced ingredients. On the remaining evening you will be free to eat out in Siena.
Gluten free, vegetarian, vegan and dairy free diets can be catered for.
The Le Tolfe estate produces its own red and rosé wines. These will be available to purchase, along with a selection of white wines, prosecco, beer and soft drinks.
ARRIVAL Thursday 5 September from 4pm
DEPARTURE Thursday 12 September after breakfast – by 10am at the latest
La Torre alle Tolfe, 12 Strada della Tolfe, 53100 Siena
You will need to arrange your own transport to and from Le Tolfe. Please click here for a map.
There are a number of airports nearby. The closest airport is Pisa, which is about a two hour drive. Rome and Bologna are each a two and a half hour drive. There is a good train service between Siena and Pisa, Florence and Rome. Le Tolfe is a 10 minute taxi ride from Siena.
Deposit is non-refundable
If you cancel after you have paid your balance but before 1 August, and we are able to fill the space with another person, we will refund 50% of your balance. If your place is not filled, no refund will be paid.
If you cancel after 1 August, we will be unable to provide a refund.
If the singing week is cancelled by Songways, you will be entitled to a refund of your deposit and your balance.
We recommend that you organise your own travel insurance.
You will be responsible for your own safety at all times.