• Join two accomplished organists as they investigate a selection of Oxford’s beautiful college chapels, with an emphasis on their distinguished organs
• Experience recitals on a variety of instruments, including the exceptional organ created for St John’s in 2008, and the Victorian organ at Blenheim Palace
• Attend choral services at Magdalen and New College
MA, ARCM, ARCO
international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer
a former ACE Bursary student, who is a tutor and Junior Fellow at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Tour assembles 1415 at Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel for two nights. 1500 departure for organ recitals at New College and Corpus Christi College. Evening: Choral Evensong at Magdalen College Chapel.
Morning excursion to Blenheim Palace (tour, recital and introduction to Long Library organ; subject to confirmation). Afternoon: organ recitals at St John’s College and Keble College. Evening: Choral Eucharist at New College Chapel.
Morning: organ recitals at University College and Exeter College. Tour disperses c 1200 at hotel.
18 Nov — 20 Nov 2020
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John Bryden and Nicholas Wearne once again excelled with their friendliness, knowledge… and, of course, their organ playing. Wonderful!
John Bryden and Nicholas Wearne are exceptional lecturers
- ACE customers on a previous Oxford College Chapels & Organs tour
“This tour is one to which I always look forward with special pleasure. It is a rich and rewarding experience to enter each college. Steeped in history, they have been, at least for a time, home to many of the famous figures in the history of this nation. All is framed in glorious stone, and as we listen to the organ in each chapel, our spirits respond! Alongside this year’s varied choice of colleges, we will return to Blenheim Palace, one of England’s most impressive stately homes. It boasts an organ unforgettable in its position in the Long Library, and unforgettable in its mighty tone!”
- ACE Tour Director John Bryden
Participants must be prepared for a moderate amount of walking on this tour, and for traversing narrow pavements, cobbles and uneven surfaces that may be slippery if wet. Please note that some of the chapel interiors are dimly lit. There may be the opportunity to go inside organ lofts, which are usually accessed via narrow, historical spiral staircases, but this is optional.
Cost of £795 includes: accommodation based on sharing a privilege twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, privilege double room for single use supplement £160.