• Usher in the great composer’s 250th year with a remarkable ‘cycle of symphonies’, from his promising early works to rousing ninth symphony
• Widely-acclaimed conductor Teodor Currentzis will present each concert with his early music ensemble MusicAeterna
• Take in regional highlights including the magnificent cathedrals of Cologne and Aachen
MA, ARCM, ARCO
international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer
Depart London Gatwick 1135 on British Airways, arriving Cologne-Bonn 1400. Transfer to Hilton Bonn Hotel for seven nights. Free time followed by welcome and introduction. Evening concert at Opera Bonn featuring MusicAeterna (Perm Opera) under Teodor Currentzis: Beethoven Symphony No 1 in C major, Op 21, Symphony No 3 ‘Eroica’ in E flat major, Op 55.
Morning lecture followed by visit to the Beethovenhaus. Afternoon: orientation walking tour of Bonn, including sites associated with Beethoven. Evening concert at Opera Bonn featuring MusicAeterna (Perm Opera) under Teodor Currentzis: Beethoven Symhony No 2 in D major, Op 36, Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 67.
Whole day excursion to Cologne: Gothic cathedral, Ludwig Museum (one of the world’s largest Picasso collections), Wallraf-Richartz-Museum (Old Masters). Free evening.
Morning lecture followed by guided tour of the Schumann-Haus (including private recital by the Tour Director, subject to confirmation). Free time. Evening concert at Opera Bonn featuring MusicAeterna (Perm Opera) under Teodor Currentzis: Beethoven Symphony No 6 in F major, Op 68, Symphony No 4 in B flat major, Op 60.
Morning visit to the Bundeskunsthalle (Beethoven exhibition). Free afternoon. Evening concert at Opera Bonn featuring MusicAeterna (Perm Opera) under Teodor Currentzis: Beethoven Symphony No 8 in F major, Op 93, Symphony No 7 in A major, Op 92.
Whole day excursion to Aachen: 14th century Rathaus (built on the site of Charlemagne’s Palace), Couven Museum, cathedral (including guided tour of the celebrated treasury and Charlemagne’s marble throne).
Morning lecture followed by excursion to Ramegan and Maria Laach (12th century Romanesque abbey church) including organ recital. Evening concert at Opera Bonn featuring MusicAeterna (Perm Opera) under Teodor Currentzis: Beethoven Symphony No 9 in D minor, Op 125.
Depart Cologne-Bonn 1625, arriving Gatwick 1655.
15 Mar — 22 Mar 2020
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Please note while this tour has a relaxed itinerary it does include several longer excursions. Participants should feel comfortable walking between visits and have a good overall level of fitness.
Cost of £2945 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, five lunches, three dinners (one light on day 2) with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £350.