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Our Special Interest music holidays hit all the right notes

If you want to learn more about jazz whilst relaxing in Dorset or soak up the sights of the Douro on a Gilbert and Sullivan-themed river cruise, our carefully-designed music holidays include everything you need to further your interest.

Each holiday features a thrilling programme, which includes concerts, live performances at your hotel or screenings of musical productions. Your knowledgeable host, who will have a rich musical background, will also give enlightening talks to further enhance your holiday.

Peter Grevatt

What do you think sparked your interest in music? Have you always been interested?

One of the first things that sparked my interest in music was watching the film The Great Caruso, with Mario Lanza.

Where did you learn about music and acquire the knowledge you convey to guests?

I had a great learning experience going to the Florence Opera Music Festival aged 23, where I was lucky enough to work with Pavarotti.

Which music pieces are you most inspired by, and why?

Rigoletto, one of the greatest baritone roles has been particularly inspirational to me. I have never accepted it yet, I have too much respect for it!

Do any of the Saga music holidays that you host particularly stand out to you as being firm customer favourites and if so, why?

The Verona Opera Festival is particularly great because from my point of view, as an opera singer, they have some of the best singers in the world.

What can a customer expect from one of your music holidays, and why should they choose Saga?

I’ve never seen any other hosts do my job, but from what my guests tell me, my presentations tend to be both lively and entertaining.

You have recently returned from hosting Saga’s Verona Opera Festival holiday – tell us the highlights of the holiday and what customers can expect from the holiday in 2015.

It sounds obvious, but the highlight really is going to see the opera and the arena. It’s a bucket list thing to do. In particular, getting to see the Aida performance. Being by Lake Garda is also great – it’s nice to be able to get away and have the best of both worlds.

What do you think is the most interesting or exciting part of your job?

I love spending time with the guests. The energy that they give back is fantastic, with all of the discussions and reminiscing about singers and performers from the past.


A little more about Peter...

After studying Theology and Philosophy at King's College London, Peter studied voice with Jean Austin Dodson and Derek Hammond-Stroud of the Royal Academy of Music. He went on to train with Michael Maurel before singing with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence and touring with the British Youth Opera.

Peter's professional debut was as the title character in Mozart's 'Marriage of Figaro' with the London Opera Players, and other roles included Malatesta in Donizetti's 'Don Pasquale' at Holland Park, and Pish-Tush in 'The Mikado' with D'Oyly Carte. To date, he has among 60 operatic roles and thirty oratorios under his belt!