Orchestra, Choir & Walking in the Peak District
Meet other musicians and singers to perform a variety of pieces selected according to the make up of the group and have fun making music together. For the orchestra you’ll need at least Grade 4 and have experience of playing in a group. String players should have fluency in position-changing and clarinetists will need both A and B-flat instruments. Singers will need sight-reading ability. In the afternoon there is the option to join a guided walk.
- Wind, brass and percussion players come together with singers to perform some of the varied works in the concert band repertoire
- Experience the joy of an orchestra and choir performing together
- Take part in an informal concert at the end of the holiday
- Enjoy optional guided walks each afternoon, or enjoy some free time to explore the local area
- High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
- Guidance and tuition from a qualified leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
- All music
Your room will be ready from 2.30pm onwards (1pm for better rooms). Afternoon tea will be provided so you can meet your fellow guests and leader. Your leader will talk you through the holiday on the first evening.
We’ll start playing each morning from 9.30am to lunch with a coffee break mid morning.
Join us for an optional guided walk in the gorgeous countryside. Or if you prefer to not walk, you can explore the area using the Discovery Point. These will help you make the most of your free time.
There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit. Or you can always get some more rehearsal time in by yourself.
There’s more practice after dinner so you can spend the evening doing what you love best!
There’s usually an informal concert at the end of the holiday.
Enjoy a free day to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day.
There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.
Leave (on a high note) after a leisurely breakfast.
Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.
The Peveril of the Peak
The Peveril of the Peak, named after Sir Walter Scott’s novel, stands proudly in the Peak District countryside, close to the village of Thorpe. Backed by the cone of Thorpe Cloud, which guards the entrance to Dovedale Gorge and the famous stepping stones at the entrance to the gorge, it’s an ideal base for people hoping to explore the Derbyshire countryside. Surrounded by extensive grounds and rolling countryside, it’s a picturesque retreat with 46 rooms, large shared spaces and a pleasant bar. Stride out from the house to find Dovedale’s wooded ravine, cave-like Dove Holes and of course stepping stones. Upstream lie the heights nicknamed the Dovedale Castle and the Twelve Apostles, best viewed from the grassy spur called Lovers’ Leap. While the Peak bit of the area name refers to small English hills rather than great summits, there’s superb walking to be had on the Roaches and the gritstone escarpment of Stanage Edge, while Chatsworth, Tissington and Bakewell make attractive places to explore too.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house. With 46 rooms, Peveril of the Peak has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Room 2 on the ground floor (accessible via 7 steps down from reception) is spacious and attractively styled with a door opening on to the grounds while the Chatsworth Room has a four-poster bed to recline on.
All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge, bar, ballroom, library and board games to borrow
After a day delving into the Dovedale Gorge or exploring the Peak District, return to the house. Relax on the patio with a coffee or cold drink and soak up the wide-ranging countryside views. Take a turn through the garden and look out for the small canon on one of the lawns. Make your way inside to sit comfortably in the lounge where there’s a stash of wood and a log burner for those colder days or snag a seat in the bar with your fellow guests and sip a great local ale by the large windows.
Food & Drink
As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Peveril of the Peak is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours that might include venison sausage and Derbyshire oatcake, roast rump of Chatsworth lamb and a homemade Bakewell tart with a scoop of decadent Peak Dairy cherry Bakewell ice cream.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
Please bring the instrument/s you wish to play, and you need to bring a music stand. All music for the week will be provided. The final evening may include an informal concert; if you would like to play something at this, please bring some music for a ‘party piece’ - eg one or two solos/duets/trios etc. If you play more than one instrument, please bring it with you.
To enjoy your walking comfortably and safely, it is essential that your footwear, clothing and equipment are suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities. Please bring a rucksack, a thermos flask for a hot drink, a water bottle (at least 1 litre) and first aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
Judith Wallace has been leading Singing, Music Making and Opera & Festival holidays for HF Holidays since 1998. Prior to this she had a long career in primary and further education where she specialised in music and drama. She conducts two orchestras, an operatic society, a clarinet choir and a concert band - all of which she enjoys immensely. When not conducting Judith plays clarinet in orchestras, bands and chamber groups and she also enjoys going to concerts, plays and operas. She enjoys passing on her enjoyment to others and encouraging all guests to have a worthwhile musical experience.
Judith was a first rate leader with seemingly boundless energy and had the uncanny knack of relating well to all the guests. I felt both encouraged and supported by Judith and enjoyed her jocular anecdotes and asides.
All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
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