• Take your seats for two jewels of the operatic repertoire – Wagner’s Parsifal and Verdi’s La traviata – alongside Tchaikovsky’s ballet Sleeping Beauty
• Enjoy Bach’s stirring St John Passion, performed in the surroundings of the Thomaskirche, the composer’s final resting place
• Make excursions to Dresden for its spectacular Frauenkirche, and Halle, birthplace of Handel
MA, ARCM, ARCO
international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer
Depart London Heathrow 1050 on British Airways, arriving Berlin 1345. Transfer to Leipzig for eight nights at Seaside Park Hotel. Welcome and introduction.
Morning lecture followed by walking tour of central Leipzig. Free afternoon followed by evening performance at the Thomaskirche: J S Bach St John Passion.
Good Friday Visit to Felix Mendelssohn House Museum with a private recital by the Tour Director, followed by Grieg House. Evening performance at Leipzig Opera House: Wagner Parsifal.
Morning lecture followed by visit to Schiller House and Schumann House Museum (with private recital by the Tour Director). Evening performance at Leipzig Opera House with choreography by Jeroen Verbruggen: Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty.
Easter Sunday Whole day excursion to Dresden including optional service at the Hofkirche, visit to the spectacular Frauenkirche (newly restored) and guided tour of the opera house (subject to confirmation).
Morning lecture and visit to the Bach Museum, followed by free afternoon. Evening performance at Leipzig Opera House: Verdi La traviata.
Excursion to Halle (birthplace of Handel): Market Church with short recital on the 1664 organ that young Handel played, Moritzburg Museum and Art Gallery (fine collection of Expressionist art) and Handel-Haus (Handel’s birthplace) with short organ recital.
Excursion to the Georgenkirche in Rötha with private recital by the Tour Director on the Silbermann organ (subject to confirmation), Köthen Castle (where much of J S Bach’s music was originally performed) and St Jacob’s Church for private recital by the Tour Director on the Ladegast Organ.
Depart Berlin 1435, arriving Heathrow 1535.
8 Apr — 16 Apr 2020
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This tour will be taken at a relaxed pace, however some of the days will be busy, particularly those spent exploring central Leipzig, Dresden and Halle. Participants should be comfortable undertaking walking tours of around two hours, and some of the visits will involve steps and uneven or cobbled surfaces.
Cost of £2595 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, two lunches, two opera plates, five dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £150.