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Valletta International Baroque Festival

13 Jan — 19 Jan 2018 | Tour Director: Ashley Solomon

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Ashley Solomon, HonRCM, ARAM

Chair and Head of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music and Director of Florilegium

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 1125 on Air Malta, arriving Malta 1535. Transfer to Grand Hotel Excelsior for six nights. Welcome lecture followed by evening festival performance at Teatru Manoel with Concerto Köln: Vivaldi The Four Seasons.

Day

2

Morning lecture followed by orientation walking tour of Valletta. Lunchtime festival performance with Le Contre-Sujets followed by visit to Palace Armoury. Evening festival performance at Teatru Manoel with Concerto Köln: Bach and Italy.

Day

3

Morning: Domus Romana Museum (mosaics) and St Paul’s Catacombs. Free time followed by evening festival performance at St John’s Co-Cathedral with Ghislieri Consort and Choir: Handel ‘Dixit Dominus’, ‘Donna, che in ciel’; Niccolò Jommelli ‘Beatus Vir’.

Day

4

Morning excursion to Mdina for Cathedral and Cathedral Museum. Afternoon in Vittoriosa, the City of the Knights: Inquisitor’s Palace, Malta Maritime Museum, and Birgu fortifications. Evening festival performance at Ta' Ġieżu Church with Abchordis Ensemble: I Maestri di Santa Maria di Loreto.

Day

5

Whole day ferry excursion to island of Gozo: prehistoric temple of Ġgantija, Victoria (walled citadel) with St George’s Basilica (scaled-down copy of Bernini’s Baldacchino), Dwerja Bay (Fungus Rock of the Knights).

Day

6

Morning lecture followed by visits to National Museum of Archaeology, Co-Cathedral of St John (important masterpieces by Mattia Preti and Caravaggio), St John’s Cathedral Museum and the Knights Hospitallers. Evening festival performance at Teatru Manoel with Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord) and La Folia Barockorchester: Chamber Music at the Zwinger Palace.

Day

7

Morning lecture followed by free time. Depart Malta 1655, arriving Heathrow 1925.

Tour Dates

13 Jan — 19 Jan 2018

Days

7

Cost

£1995

Tour Code

VALL-18

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Testimonial

It was a privilege to have Ashley as Director from every point of view - in a highly competitive market, he makes ACE's offering exceptional.

ACE Customer 2016

Cost includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, one lunch, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £245.

 
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