• Mozart, Brahms, Ravel and Tchaikovsky all feature among the superlative performances of this magical Easter festival
• Explore Aix-en-Provence and its surroundings, with visits to the Atelier Cézanne and the Musée Granet
• Hear pianist Daniel Barenboim perform works by Debussy during the festival’s spectacular closing concert
Depart Heathrow 1305 on British Airways, arriving Marseille 1600. Transfer to the Grand Hôtel Roi René, Aix-en-Provence, for five nights. Evening festival performance at the Grand Théâtre de Provence with Insula Orchestra featuring Laurence Equilbey (conductor), Sandrine Piau (soprano), Ann Hallenberg (mezzo soprano), Cyrille Dubois (tenor) and Philippe Estèphe (baritone): Mozart Maurerische Trauermusik, K 477, Mass in C major, K 427.
Orientation walking tour of Aix followed by time to explore local markets. Afternoon lecture. Evening festival performance at the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume featuring Catherine Trottmann (mezzo soprano) and Karolos Zouganelis (piano): Ravel Cinq mélodies populaires grecques, Shéhérazade; Fauré Les roses d’Ispahan No 4, Chansons de Venise, Sixième Nocturne; Reynaldo Hahn Venezia: La Barcheta; Rossini Regata Veneziana, La Danza.
Morning: Atelier Cézanne, including excursion to locations where Cézanne painted the Sainte Victoire Mountain. Afternoon: Musée Granet (housed in a 17th century priory of the Knights of Malta, with 16th to 20th century Italian, Flemish and French works including Cezanne). Evening festival performance at the Grand Théâtre de Provence with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen featuring Paavo Järvi (conductor) and Veronika Eberle (violin): Brahms Concerto for violin in D major, Op 77, Symphony No 1 in C minor, Op 68.
Morning lecture followed by lunchtime festival performance at the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume with Hagen Quartet: Beethoven Quartet No 3 in D major, Op 3; Webern String Quartet ‘1905’; Debussy Quartet in G minor, Op 10. Afternoon: Musée Estienne de Saint Jean, Musée des Tapisseries. Evening festival performance at the Grand Théâtre de Provence with the Russian National Orchestra featuring Mikhail Pletnev (conductor) and Lucas Debargue (piano): Mieczysław Karłowicz Serenade in C for string orchestra, Op 2; Ravel Concerto for piano in G major; Tchaikovsky Symphony No 3 in D major, Op 29 ‘Polonaise’.
Morning visit to Chateau La Coste for guided tour and wine tasting. Afternoon lecture followed by festival closing performance at the Grand Théâtre de Provence with Renaud Capuçon (violin), Kian Soltani (cello), Martha Argerich (piano) and Daniel Barenboim (piano): Debussy Sonata No 1 in C minor for cello & piano, Sonata No 3 for violin & piano, Trio No 1 in G major for piano, violin & cello; series of piano duets.
Transfer to Marseille for coach tour in and around the town, to include the Corniche and exceptional views onto the Mediterranean and Chateau d’If (where the Masque de Fer was imprisoned). Continue to Marseille airport for 1740 departure, arriving Heathrow 1820.