• ‘Courtly’ music abounds with cantatas dedicated to Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen
• Experience some of Bach’s most beautiful sacred cantatas in Weissenfels and Leipzig’s magnificent Thomaskirche
• Further highlights include Bach’s Mass in B minor, the St Matthew Passion and partitas and suites from Sir András Schiff
John Bryden, MA, ARCM, ARCO
international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer
Depart Heathrow 1050 on British Airways, arriving Berlin 1340. Transfer to Seaside Park Hotel, Leipzig for seven nights. Welcome and introduction.
Morning lecture followed by walking tour of Leipzig (Altes Rathaus, Baroque Barthels Hof – exteriors), lunch at historic Coffee Baum (frequented by Schumann, Wagner, Goethe). Afternoon visit to the Bach Archiv (the world’s pre-eminent centre of Bach scholarship). Evening festival performance at the Nikolaikirche featuring Collegium Vocale Leipzig, Merseburger Hofmusik and soloists with Michael Schonheit (conductor): J S Bach ‘Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland’, BWV 61; Telemann ‘Deus judicium tuum’, TWV 7:7; J S Bach, overture in C major, BWV 1066; J B Lully Te Deum, LWV 55.
Whole day excursion to Arnstadt (Bach Church, including private organ recital by the Tour Director) and Weimar (walking tour and Liszt Museum). Evening festival performance at the Paulinum featuring Sir András Schiff (piano): J S Bach English suites, French suites and partitas.
Morning lecture followed by guided tour of the Museum of Historical Musical Instruments including a short recital by the Tour Director. Guided tour of the Mendelssohn House Museum. Evening festival performance at the Nikolaikirche featuring Deutsche Hofmusik and soloists with Alexander Grychtolik (conductor): J S Bach ‘Durchlauchtster Leopold’, BWV 173a, ‘Klagt, Kinder, klagt es aller Welt’, BWV 244a.
Whole day excursion to Dresden including visits to the New and Historical Green Vaults. Evening festival performance at the Thomaskirche featuring Thomanerchor Leipzig, Gewandhaus-orchester Leipzig and soloists with Gotthold Schwarz (conductor): J S Bach ‘Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret’, BWV 31, ‘Erschallet, ihr Lieder’, BWV 172, ‘Ich hatte viel Bekummernis’, BWV 21.
Morning lecture followed by excursion to Schönfeld Church (where Robert and Clara Schumann were married) with private recital by the Tour Director (subject to confirmation). Evening festival performance at Peterskirche featuring Sebastian Kohlhepp (tenor), Erik Sohn (bass) with chorus and Karin Freist-Wissing (conductor): J S Bach St Matthew Passion.
Optional morning service in the Thomaskirche followed by afternoon visit to Leipzig Fine Arts Museum. Evening festival closing performance at Thomaskirche featuring Tölzer Knabenchor, Opera Fuoco and soloists with David Stern (conductor): J S Bach Mass in B minor, BWV 232.
Köthen Castle (where Bach served as Kapellmeister for Prince Leopold). Continue to Berlin for 1645 departure, arriving Heathrow 1745.
17 Jun — 24 Jun 2019
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return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, three lunches, four dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
travel insurance, single room supplement £235.