• Canadian baritone Gerald Finley joins English pianist Julius Drake for Schubert’s Schwanengesang
• Anne Sofie von Otter sings works by Schumann and Schubert, while award-winning pianist Paul Lewis brings us sonatas by Beethoven
• Enjoy a medley of daytime visits including excursions to Lake Constance and the wonderful Rieger Orgelbau workshop
a former ACE Bursary student, who is a tutor and Junior Fellow at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Depart London Heathrow 0925 on British Airways, arriving Zurich 1220. Transfer to Mellau for seven nights at Hotel Kreuz. Evening song recital at the Kauffmann Hall featuring Gerald Finley (baritone) and Julius Drake (piano): Schubert Schwanengesang (Lieder based on poems by Ludwig Rellstab) D 957/1-7; Brahms Vier ernste Gesänge (‘Four Serious Songs’), Op 121; Schubert Schwanengesang (Lieder based on poems by Heinrich Heine), D 957/8-13.
Morning lecture followed by chamber concert at the Kauffmann Hall featuring Pavel Haas Quartet with Daniel Müller-Schott (viola): Janáček String Quartet No 2 ‘Intimate Letters’; Schubert String Quintet in C, D 956. Afternoon song recital at the Kauffmann Hall featuring Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano) and Kristian Bezuidenhout (piano): works by Schubert, Schumann and Adolf Fredrik Lindblad.
Morning: visit to Rieger Orgelbau workshop and to Egg (spectacular views across the Vorarlberg mountains). Afternoon song recital at the Kauffmann Hall featuring Christiane Karg (soprano) and Gerold Huber (piano): works by Schubert. Evening piano recital at the Kauffmann Hall featuring Marc-André Hamelin (piano): works by C P E Bach, Schubert, Liszt and Beethoven.
Morning lecture followed by guided tour of Schwarzenberg: Heimathaus Museum, church (containing work by Angelika Kauffmann). Afternoon song recital at the Kauffmann Hall featuring Sophie Rennert (mezzo-soprano) and Graham Johnson (piano): works by Schubert and Schumann. Evening chamber concert at the Kauffmann Hall featuring Hagen Quartet: Schubert String Quartet in B flat, D 36; Dvořák Cypresses Nos 1, 2, 5, 11; Schubert String Quartet No 14 in D minor ‘Death and the Maiden’, D 810.
Excursion by coach to the Lake Constance area, including a visit to the picturesque town of Lindau.
Morning: depart by coach for Hohenems for guided tour of the Jewish Museum. Afternoon piano recital at the Kauffmann Hall featuring Paul Lewis (piano): Beethoven Sonata in E flat, Op 27/1, Fantasy in G minor, Op 77, Sonata in C sharp minor, Op 27/2; Schubert Sonata in G, D 894.
Morning: optional gentle Alpine walk with local guide. Afternoon chamber concert at the Kauffmann Hall featuring Quatuor Ébène: Beethoven String Quartet in F, Op 59/1, String Quartet in B flat, Op 130, Große Fuge, Op 133. Evening song recital at the Kauffmann Hall featuring Christoph Prégardien (tenor) and Michael Gees (piano): Schubert Lieder based on poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Johann Mayrhofer.
Free time in Mellau. Depart Zurich 1605, arriving Heathrow 1655.
22 Aug — 29 Aug 2020
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Please note that while this tour will not be particularly strenuous, participants should have a good level of general fitness and be comfortable exploring Berlin on foot. Some visits will involve traversing uneven ground.
Own flight reduction: £175
Cost of £2945 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a double bedded room with a balcony, performances as described, breakfast, four lunches, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room with balcony supplement £45, double room (no balcony) for single use supplement £165.