• Enjoy performances of works by Bach, Handel, Couperin and others in the surroundings of the famous Benedictine abbey at Melk in the festival's 40th anniversary year
• Hear world-renowned tenor Michael Schade perform in the festival’s gala concert
• Explore the beautiful abbeys at Altenburg and Dürnstein, and delve into the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna
Depart Heathrow 1135 on British Airways, arriving Vienna 1455. Transfer to Melk for five nights at Hotel Post. Introductory talk.
Morning lecture followed by whole day excursion to Altenburg Abbey. Evening festival concert at the Stiftskirche featuring Anna Lucia Richter (soprano), Michael Schade (tenor), Florian Boesch (bass) and Stefan Gottfried (conductor): Haydn The Creation.
Morning lecture followed by Meet & Greet with festival Artistic Director Michael Schade and introduction to the festival (subject to confirmation). Afternoon festival laureate concert at the Schloss Pielach featuring Maximilian Volbers (recorder), Christoph Urbanetz (viola da gamba) and Andreas Gilger (harpsichord): works by Schmelzer, Telemann, Caccini, Corelli and Couperin. Evening festival concert at the Garden Pavilion featuring Ensemble Castor: works by J S Bach, Rebel, Couperin and C P E Bach.
Morning: optional High Mass at the Stiftskirche followed by late morning festival concert at the Kolomanisaal featuring Concerto Copenhagen and Lars Ulrik Mortensen (musical direction, harpsichord): works by Blow, Muffat, Purcell, Galliard, Handel and Telemann. Afternoon: guided tour of Melk Abbey. Evening concert at the Kolomanissal featuring Bernarda Fink (mezzosoprano), Bach Consort Wien and Rubén Dubrovsky (conductor): works by Vivaldi, Merula, Simón, Chazarreta, Rios and Yupanqui.
Morning lecture followed by late morning festival concert at the Kolomanisaal featuring Hiro Kurosaki (baroque violin & presentation) and Wolfgang Glüxam (harpsichord): works by Couperin, Lambert and Clérambault. Afternoon boat trip on the Danube from Melk to Dürnstein through the Wachau Valley, with guided tour of Dürnstein Abbey. Evening festival gala concert at the Stiftskirche featuring Bernarda Fink (mezzosoprano), Michael Schade (tenor), Hiro Kurosaki (baroque violin), Wolfgang Glüxam (harpsichord) and Ines Schüttengruber (organ): works by Tallis, J S Bach, Handel, Schmelzer and Thürauer.
Morning in Vienna: Kunsthistorisches Museum. Depart Vienna 1545, arriving Heathrow 1710.