Winter Workshop - Eilat, Israel

We have been invited by some participants to organize a new orchestral workshop in Eilat, Israel, from February 6th to 9th , 2019, in collaboration with the Israeli Kol Hamerkaz Orchestra association. While winter will be at its peak in Europe, we will spend a few days by the Red Sea, where temperatures reach 20-25°C at this time of the year, to play Rossini's "Cenerentola" overture and Bizet's Symphony n.1 in C major. The 14 th edition of the Eilat Chamber Music Festival will take place in town at the same period, giving the possibility to our participants to attend the festival evening concerts.

The workshop will start on Wed Feb 6th at 10am and rehearsals (divided between tutti conducted by M° Matthieu Mantanus and sectional rehearsals conducted by Israelian coaches) will take place every morning and every end-afternoon. Rehearsals will be held in English. The workshop will terminate with a final concert on Saturday Feb 9th at 2pm.

The workshop will take place at Prima Music Hotel, a 4* hotel located to the South of Eilat, at 400 metres of the Coral Reserve where it is possible to admire tropical fish with a simple mask and tube. The hotel offers comfortable rooms adorned according to various music styles, a swimming pool and a park, in addition to a recording studio and a lounge to listen to old LPs. All meals will be taken at the hotel restaurant in a buffet formula.

Eilat is a small touristic city located on the Red Sea, a worldwide preferred spot for scuba diving. Just off the city lies the large Neguev desert, to which excursions are possible. A few hours' drive away are the Holy City of Jerusalem and, in Jordan, the antique city of Petra, a jewel caved into the rock – both are accessible with full-day excursions from Eilat, to book by extending your stay before of after the workshop.

Eilat is reachable, on some days of the week, with direct Ryanair flights from Milano-Bergamo, Berlin-Schonefeld, Francfort-Hahn, Karlsruhe-Baden Baden, Weeze, Bremen and Bruxelles-Charleroi. With a transit in Tel Aviv, Eilat is reachable every day from most European airports with airlines such as El Al, Easyjet, Ryanair, Arkia...

It has been a great experience, thank you to all the participants and tutors!

Duration: 4 days / 6-9 February 2019


Orchestra dimension: chamber


Rossini: strings, 2fl, 2ob, 2cl, 2bs, 2hn, 2tp, timpani.

Bizet: strings, 2fl, 2ob, 2cl, 2bs, 4hn, 2tp, timpani.

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