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Leipzig at Easter

13 Apr — 21 Apr 2017 | Tour Director: John Bryden

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

John Bryden , MA, ARCM, ARCO

international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 1055 on British Airways, arriving Berlin 1345. Transfer to Leipzig for eight nights at Seaside Park Hotel. Visit to the Bach Museum followed by welcome drink and introduction.

Day

2

Good Friday Morning lecture followed by walking tour of central Leipzig with lunch at Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum (Europe’s oldest surviving coffee house, frequented by Schumann and Wagner) and visit to the Schiller House Museum. Evening performance at Thomaskirche with the Thomanerchor and Gewandhaus Orchestra: J S Bach St Johannes Passion.

Day

3

Morning: Felix Mendelssohn House Museum with a private concert by the Tour Director. Afternoon: Schumann House Museum with private recital by the Tour Director. Early independent dinner followed by evening performance at Leipzig Opera House: Mozart The Marriage of Figaro.

Day

4

Easter Sunday Optional Easter Vigil and service at Thomaskirche including Bach’s Cantata BMV 4 Christus lag in Todesbanden, followed by Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts (15th-20th century European art in remarkable new building). Afternoon lecture. Evening performance at Leipzig Opera House: Puccini Turandot.

Day

5

Whole-day excursion to Weimar including walking tour, Goethe and Schiller Houses.

Day

6

Excursion to Schönfeld Church (where Robert and Clara Schumann were married) with private recital by the Tour Director, Köthen Castle (where much of Johann Sebastian Bach’s music was originally performed) and St Jacob’s Church for private recital by the Tour Director on the Ladegast Organ.

Day

7

Whole-day excursion to Dresden including walking tour, art galleries and the spectacular restored Baroque Frauenkirche. Independent dinner followed by evening performance at the Saxon State Opera House: Mozart's Don Giovanni.

Day

8

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.

Day

9

Depart Berlin 1430, arriving Heathrow 1535.

Tour Dates

13 Apr — 21 Apr 2017

Days

9

Cost

£2295

Tour Code

LPZE-17

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Testimonial

"A wonderful first trip with ACE. Such a detailed tour and excellent guides. John and Francis were superb and looked after us so well."

Recent ACE Customer

Cost includes:

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.

Not included:

travel insurance, single room supplement £140.

 
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