• Experience an array of concerts at the 2018 Göttingen International Handel Festival
• Enjoy the festival’s Gala Concert, a performance of Handel’s oratorio The Choice of Hercules and his setting of Dettingen Te Deum
• Visit Göttingen, the old university town of half timbered houses set amid the rolling mountains of Lower Saxony
John Bryden, MA, ARCM, ARCO
international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer
Depart Heathrow 0800 on British Airways, arriving Hannover 1030. Transfer to Romantik Hotel Gebhards, Göttingen for seven nights. Evening festival concert at the Minster Church of St Alexandri, Einbeck featuring 4 Times Baroque – Jan Nigges (recorder), Jonas Zschenderlein (violin), Karl Simko (violoncello), Alexander von Heissen (harpsichord): programme details TBC.
Introductory lecture followed by visit to Rare Books and Manuscripts Department, University Library. Afternoon guided walking tour around Göttingen including the Altes Rathaus.
Excursion to Kassel: Schloss Wilhelmshöhe (extensive Baroque-style gardens, art collection including paintings by Rembrandt). Continue to Duderstadt with visit to Rathaus and evening festival concert at the Basilika St Cyriakus featuring Christ Church Cathedral Choir and Stephen Darlington (conductor): works by Shepherd, Byrd, Purcell and Handel.
Morning lecture followed by visit to University Church of St Nicholas (organ recital). Afternoon: free time in Göttingen. Evening festival Gala Concert at the Stadthalle Göttingen: The Choice of Hercules (HWV 69) featuring Diana Moore (mezzosoprano), Fflur Wyn (soprano), Rachel Kelly (soprano) and Nathan Haller (tenor); Dettingen Te Deum (HWV 283) featuring Edward Grint (bass-baritone), Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Stephen Darlington (chorus master), FestspielOrchester Göttingen and Laurence Cummings (harpsichord and conductor).
Morning: Old University Observatory and festival performance in the University Aula featuring Midori Seiler (violin) and Christian Rieger (harpsichord): ‘Stiftungkonzert 2018: Midor Seiler’. Afternoon: Göttingen University musical instruments collection. Evening festival concert at the Stadthalle Göttingen featuring NDR Chor, members of the FestspielOrchester Göttingen and selected guest artists with Philipp Ahmann (conductor): works including Utretcht Jubilate and Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne.
Morning lecture followed by free time in Göttingen. Afternoon: introductory festival talk and opera at the Deutsches Theater Göttingen featuring Erich Sidler (director), Christopher Lowrey (countertenor), Anna Devin (soprano), Sophie Junker (soprano), Helena Rasker (mezzo-soprano), Paul Hopwood (tenor), Owen Willetts (countertenor), Edward Grint (bass-baritone), FestspielOrchester Göttingen and Laurence Cummings (musical director): Arminio (HWV 36).
Whole day excursion to Braunschweig for Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum and guided tour including 12th century St Blasius Cathedral and Rathaus (exterior only).
Depart Hannover 1120, arriving Heathrow 1200.
16 May — 23 May 2018
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return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, two lunches, five dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
travel insurance, single room supplement £175.