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Bach Festival in Leipzig

11 Jun — 18 Jun 2018 | Tour Director: John Bryden

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Tour Director

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John Bryden, MA, ARCM, ARCO

international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 08:45 on British Airways, arriving Berlin 11:45. Transfer to Seaside Park Hotel, Leipzig for seven nights. Evening festival performance at Leipzig Gewandhaus with Nelson Goerner (piano): J S Bach Preludes & Fugues, BWV 870-881, from The Well-tempered Clavier Part II; Chopin Preludes, Op 28.

Day

2

Morning lecture followed by walking tour of Leipzig (Altes Rathaus, Baroque Barthels Hof), lunch at historic Coffee Baum (frequented by Schumann, Wagner, Goethe). Afternoon visit to the Bach Archiv (the world’s pre-eminent centre of Bach scholarship). Evening festival performance at the Thomaskirche with Wolfgang Zerer (organ): chorale preludes and duets from Klavierübung, Part III.

Day

3

Whole day excursion to Eisenach (Bach’s birthplace, Bach House) and Mühlhausen (walking tour). Evening festival performance at Leipzig Gewandhaus with Sir András Schiff (piano): J S Bach Goldberg Variations, BWV 988; Beethoven Diabelli Variations, Op 120.

Day

4

Morning lecture followed by guided tour of the Museum of Historical Musical Instruments including a short recital by the Tour Director. Guided tour of the Mendelssohn House Museum. Evening festival performance at the Thomaskirche with ThomanerNachwuchsChor, La Chapelle Rhénane and Benoît Haller (director): J S Bach St Matthew Passion.

Day

5

Whole day excursion to Dresden including visits to the New and Historical Green Vaults and Frauenkirche. Evening festival performance at the Kongresshalle with Robert Levin (harpsichord, fortepiano): J S Bach Preludes & Fugues, BWV 858-869, from the Well-tempered Clavier Part I; Mendelssohn Sieben Charakterstücke, Op 7.

Day

6

Whole day excursion to Arnstadt (Bach Church, including private organ recital by the Tour Director) and Weimar (walking tour and Liszt Museum). Evening festival performance at the Nikolaikirche: J S Bach Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1–3, BWV 1046-1048; J S Bach ‘Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen’, BWV 51; J S Bach Concerto in A minor, BWV 1044.

Day

7

Optional morning service in the Thomaskirche followed by afternoon festival performance at Nikolaikirche with Collegium 1704 and Václav Luks (director): J S Bach Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 4–6, BWV 1049-1051; J S Bach ‘Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut’, BWV 199 . Evening festival closing performance at Thomaskirche with Thomanerchor Leipzig, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and Thomaskantor Gotthold Schwarz (director): J S Bach Mass in B minor, BWV 232.

Day

8

Köthen Castle (where Bach served as Kapellmeister for Prince Leopold). Continue to Berlin for 16:45 departure, arriving Heathrow 17:45.

Tour Dates

11 Jun — 18 Jun 2018

Days

8

Cost

£2595

Tour Code

BAC2-18

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Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, four lunches (one packed), four dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, single room supplement £215.

 
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