Zezere: a new home for IVM
Irish Vocal Masterclasses, having been in existance for more that 10 years and having run a series of highly successful and popular courses for singers, is rebranding and planning its future as an organisation commited to the highest standards in musical performance and education. There will be no Summer Course in 2010 but preparations are underway for new events starting in 2011. Events under our new name of 'Zezere' will concentrate on performance in an atmosphere of personal and musical development. Activities will be largely based in Portugal in the beautiful surroundings of the River Zezere in the central region of the country.
Plans include a festival in Ferreira do Zezere including opera, choral music, solo singing and chamber music along with courses and development weekends which will involve rehearsing, coaching and performance. The IVM ethos of personal development and challenge will continue to inform all our activities as we seek to develop the performance element of our work.
Here are just some of the comments about us:
"There is a lovely mixture of young and older participants, experience and raw talent."
"I have learned so much more about singing and stagecraft through the expertise and advice of teachers."
"I cannot praise highly enough the advice and professionalism of the teachers and pianists."
"Very supportive environment - I felt at ease and welcomed from the moment I arrived."
"I love the very accepting and nurturing environment in which to take risks and experiment."