Events 2019 - Music of Despair and Consolation

Κοινωφελές Ίδρυμα Αγγελίνη-Χατζηνίκου

Non-Profit Foundation Angelinis-Hadjinikos

Horto Festival - Events 2019

Horto Choral Course 2019

Music of Despair and Consolation

27 July - 3 August 2019

2019 will be the third year this course has taken place. In 2017 we performed Brahms “Requiem”

with piano, in 2018 it was Beethoven’s “Mass in C” with orchestra. This year we will be performing a mixed programme of a cappella works and choruses with small instrumental ensemble with the title 'Despair and Consolation’, including Ramsey “How are the mighty fallen”, Weelkes “When David heard”, Carissimi “Plorate filii”, Purcell “With drooping wings”, Zelenka “Lacrimosa” (from his Requiem in D) and choruses by Bach and Handel (“Crucifixus”, “Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine”, “Mourn, Israel, mourn”, “He saw the lovely youth” etc.). The course culminates in a concert held in an open-air amphitheatre.

The course takes place in the tiny village of Horto, which lies in the heart fo the Pelion, which forms a hook-like peninsula between the Pagasetic Gulf and the Aegean Sea. Rehearsals take place in an old olive store, and the concert at the end of the week is held in an open-air amphitheatre just yards from the sea. Rehearsals take into account the heat of the day, and leave plenty of time for eating, swimming, etc. On one day there is a boat excursion to nearby fishing villages, with opportunities to swim from the boat. Accommodation is in the village and meals are taken in the local hostelries.

Singers will need to book their travel and accommodation in good time. Three beach-side restaurants offer good, inexpensive food.

The course is run on behalf of the not-for-profit Angelinis-Hadjinikou Foundation by the amazingly energetic and efficient Nikos Adraskelas who will be pleased to answer any further questions you may have.

I do hope you will join us. It will be fun!

Tim Brown

Music Director

Horto Choral Course 2019


Singers interested in participating may apply here or by email at, including name, mobile telephone number, email address, voice type, age, and any previous choral experience.

Please forward this message to any singers you know who might be interested.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2019

Participation Fee: 160€ (110€ for applicants up to 26 years old)

Participants are responsible for their accommodation and transportation. A list of available rooms and hotels close to the rehearsal venue and theatre can be found here. Please book your accommodation by contacting the room owners directly. You may also use search engines for your accommodation such as airbnb, tripadvisor, etc., destination name Horto (alternative spellings: Chorto/ Horton/ Hortos/ XOPTO in Greek) postal code 37006, South Pelion, Greece.

For any further inquiries and details, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Nikos Adraskelas, Administrator,

Angelinis Hadjinikou Non Profit Foundation

+ 30/6936864831

A video from the choral course 2018 in Horto with Timothy Brown