The 54th Berwang Holiday Music Course will take place 18 August - 1 September 2018 and the team here are already startinig to put some plans together.
The Berwang Holiday Music Course is unique in that it combines an 'away from it all' holiday in a country of great beauty with the added attraction of music-making in the company of people with similar interests. For many, it provides an exciting introduction to a different country and the charm of a holiday in alpine surroundings. For others, it provides a return visit to an enchanting little village set in the glorious mountain scenery of the Austrian Tyrol. Both musicians and listeners are welcome on the course.
Participants come from all over the globe with people on previous courses coming from the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Israel, the USA and Hong Kong with the majority of people coming from the UK. All musical and holiday activities are conducted in English.
Family members and friends of course members who don't wish to take part in the musical activities are also welcome and are known as listeners. Listeners take part in all the holiday activities and come to listen to the concerts. Whilst the musicians are rehearsing listeners can take advantage of the opportunities in and around Berwang. More information about these can be found in the section on holiday activities.
A Brief History of the Berwang Holiday Music Course
The Berwang Holiday Music Course was founded by Henry and Nora Cummings in 1959 to take singing students from the Royal Academy of Music for a music holiday in the Tyrol. From it's inception there has always been a mixture of musical and holiday activities. The course originated in Ehrwald, but once Henry and Nora found the beautiful village of Berwang they fell in love with it and, as they say, the rest is history.
Initially the course took place once every two years but as time progressed the course became an annual event and instrumentalists were also invited to attend. The emphasis of the course also changed as amateur singers and players became the core members. It was at this time that the name of Kerry Camden became synonymous with the Berwang Holiday Music Course.
Kerry began as Wind Tutor and progressed, in the mid-1970s, to taking over as Director from the founder of the course, Henry Cummings.
The role of Director involved not only the organisation of the music making, but all the practical administration. It was a great bonus that Kerry received so much help from friends in Berwang, such as the president of the village band, who lent equipment; the village priest and church warden who made the church available for concerts, and the Burgermeister who organised our rehearsal venues throughout the village. This invaluable collaberation continues to this day, with the additional support from the family Kupplehuber, who are the owners of the Kaiserhof, the new base for Berwang Holiday Music Course.
Kerry remained committed to BHMC right up until his death in March 2010. We are delighted that the course is able to continue under the present management.