When I mentioned I was thinking about taking more than one singing holiday this year, people said I should go for it while I could. What were they trying to tell me? Were my travelling or singing days numbered? I can’t imagine no longer being able to waltz away to some glorious European destination for a choral fix in the sun, but perhaps that time will come sooner than I’d like. Duly motivated, I set off for Toledo in Spain for this year’s first Run By Singers holiday, with another to look forward to in the autumn.
What a lovely city. Medieval, mellow-stoned and manageable. Toledo has bags of character and much more culture than you really have time for when you’re in rehearsals for five hours a day. I made sure to visit the huge, ornate Cathedral, and followed the El Greco trail around his adopted town. But mostly I just enjoyed exploring in the shade of the narrow cobbled streets, buff-coloured canopies like endless dust sheets slung between buildings. Sumptuous banners and tapestries were being hung from upper balconies in preparation for Corpus Christi later in the month, but spectacular processions weaving their way through a maze of steep inclines must be left to my imagination.Continue Reading