• Experience four of Beethoven’s symphonies in his 250th birth year, performed by one of the world’s oldest orchestras under Daniel Barenboim
• Attend two of Mozart’s most beloved operas – Così fan tutte and The Magic Flute – at Berlin’s iconic state opera house
• Explore the cultural sites of Berlin, from its enthralling Alte Nationalgalerie to Grunewald Hunting Lodge
is a conductor, pianist and musicologist and former Director of Music at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
Depart London Heathrow 1000 on British Airways, arriving Berlin 1255. Continue to Hotel Albrechtshof, Berlin, for five nights. Evening concert at the Philharmonie featuring the Staatskapelle Berlin: Beethoven Symphony No 6 in F major ‘Pastoral’, Symphony No 7 in A major.
Good Friday Morning lecture followed by coach orientation and guided architectural tour (exteriors): Potsdamer Platz, Checkpoint Charlie, Friedrichstrasse, Nikolaiviertel, Unter den Linden, the Reichstag, New Parliament buildings and Brandenburg Gate. Free afternoon. Evening performance at the Philharmonie featuring Sir András Schiff (piano): works by Mozart and Beethoven, including Beethoven Piano Sonata in A major, Op 101, and Piano Sonata in C minor, Op 111.
Morning lecture followed by guided visit to the Alte Nationalgalerie and free time to explore further museums on Museum Island. Afternoon boat trip past Museum Island. Evening performance at Berlin State Opera: Mozart Così fan tutte.
Easter Sunday Late morning concert at the Philharmonie featuring the Staatskapelle Berlin: Beethoven Symphony No 2 in D major, Symphony No 9 in D minor ‘Choral’. Afternoon: backstage tour of the State Opera House (subject to confirmation).
Morning lecture followed by excursion to Grunewald Hunting Lodge for guided tour. Some free time. Evening performance at Berlin State Opera: Mozart The Magic Flute.
Free morning followed by transfer to Berlin Airport for 1625 flight, arriving Heathrow 1725.
9 Apr — 14 Apr 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: £140
Cost of £2745 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, two lunches, three dinners with water & coffee, opera plates & drink at two performances, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £255.