Autumn Festival: Music in the Age of Enlightenment
24 Oct — 27 Oct 2021 | Tour Director:
• Delve into the stimulating world of the Enlightenment with a line-up of eminent musicians, art historians and experts
• Stay at beautiful Madingley Hall, home to ‘Capability’ Brown gardens and within striking distance of Cambridge
• Enjoy lectures and performances at Stapleford Granary, an award-winning arts centre and concert space
Tour assembles from 1630 at Madingley Hall. 1830 welcome and introduction with Kate Romano, CEO of Stapleford Granary. After dinner music.
Full day at Stapleford Granary. Morning: introductory lecture with Tim Blanning followed by an exploration of musical developments with Sandy Burnett and vocal illustrations performed by Robin Horgan (tenor) with John Bryden (piano). Afternoon: music and discussion led by Margaret Faultless and the ensemble Music for AWhile.
Morning lecture at Madingley Hall with John Deathridge. Transfer to Stapleford Granary for an introduction to artistic developments during the Enlightenment, followed by a ‘Roadshow’ masterclass in ceramics with Lars Tharp. Afternoon: lecture with Kate Romano on the evolution of the concert hall, followed by an operatic recital with members of the Guildhall including William Searle (tenor). Pre-dinner music at Madingley Hall.
Morning art history lecture with Charles Hind. Tour disperses 1200 at Madingley Hall.
24 Oct — 27 Oct 2021
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HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES
In light of the relaxation of regulations on 19 July, we anticipate that it will be possible to operate this tour with a minimum of COVID-19 restrictions. If, however, some government restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic are reintroduced, or we feel it is important for the overall safety of the group, we may kindly request that participants follow social distancing and other safeguarding measures. If this is the case, ACE and the staff at both the Granary and Madingley Hall will provide clear guidance on circulation, seating during performances, mealtimes, transportation and the use of hand sanitiser and face coverings (where appropriate). Participants may be required to wear a face covering during the performances and lectures, as well as in certain public spaces, depending on the situation at the time. If circumstances prevent us from operating the tour safely and / or practically, we will notify you within plenty of time. Should you have any questions or concerns about this aspect of the tour, please do not hesitate to contact the ACE office.
FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
This festival is not expected to be particularly strenuous, as the majority of events will take place at either Madingley Hall or Stapleford Granary, with coaches used to transport participants between the two. Please note that the concert spaces at both Madingley Hall and Stapleford Granary are accessed by flights of stairs, however a small lift is available for those who need them.
Cost of £1095 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances & lectures as described, breakfast, two lunches, dinner with water & coffee, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £95.