•Internationally-acclaimed orchestras gather to bring us Mahler’s symphonies
•Musical delights are supplemented with a range of cultural visits in Amsterdam and The Hague, including the world-famous Rijksmuseum
•Delve behind the scenes at the festival’s venue, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw
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Depart London Heathrow 1145 on British Airways, arriving Amsterdam 1405. Transfer to Park Hotel for five nights. Welcome and introductory lecture followed by evening performance at the Concertgebouw featuring the Berliner Philharmonic under Kirill Petrenko: Symphony No 6 in A minor.
Morning lecture followed by historical walking tour of Amsterdam. Afternoon: visit to the Rijksmuseum. Evening performance at the Concertgebouw featuring the Vienna Philharmonic under Daniel Barenboim: Symphony No 7 in B minor.
Whole day excursion to The Hague for visit to the Mauritshuis and guided visit to the Muziek Instituut (subject to confirmation). Return to Amsterdam for evening performance at the Concertgebouw featuring the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Daniel Harding with soloists: Symphony No 8 in E flat major ‘Symphonie der Tausend’.
Morning visit to the Amsterdam Museum. Free afternoon followed by lecture. Evening performance at the Concertgebouw featuring the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Myung-Whun Chung: Symphony No 9 in D major.
Morning lecture followed by canal boat trip and some free time. Afternoon: guided tour of the Concertgebouw followed by evening performance at the Concertgebouw featuring the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer with Gerhild Romberger (alto) and Andrew Staples (tenor): Adagio from Symphony No 10 in F sharp major, Das Lied von der Erde.
Morning visit to the Van Gogh Museum. Depart Amsterdam 1350, arriving Heathrow 1410.
13 May — 18 May 2020
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|For those who wish to hear the complete set of Mahler’s symphonies, it is possible to take part in both tours back-to-back. In addition to the full musical experience, participants joining both tours can enjoy the expertise of both Tour Directors as well as some varying daytime visits.
This tour is not anticipated to be strenuous, but some visits will be made on foot and our tour will include a boat trip on Amsterdam’s canals.
Cost of £3295 includes:
return airfare, accommodation based on sharing an executive twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
travel insurance, superior single supplement £515.