Valletta International Baroque Festival
14 Jan — 20 Jan 2019 | Tour Director: Ashley Solomon
• Delve into Malta’s fascinating history with visits to the fortified city of Vittoriosa and the island of Gozo, inhabited for thousands of years
• Enjoy a festival performance of Bach sonatas from Tour Director Ashley Solomon and harpsichord player Terence Charlston
• Hear Caldara’s stunning oratorio, Maddalena Ai Piedi di Cristo, performed by Orquestra Divino Sospiro
Ashley Solomon, FRAM, HonRCM
Chair and Head of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music and Director of Florilegium
Depart Heathrow 1125 on Air Malta, arriving Malta 1535. Transfer to the Grand Hotel Excelsior for six nights. Evening festival performance featuring Lautten Compagney.
Morning lecture followed by orientation walking tour of Valletta. Lunchtime festival performance: English songs by Dowland and Purcell. Afternoon visit to Co-Cathedral of St John and Oratory (important masterpieces by Mattia Preti and Caravaggio) and State Rooms.
Morning: Domus Romana Museum (mosaics) and St Paul’s Catacombs. Afternoon: Mdina for Cathedral and Museum. Evening festival performance featuring Ensemble Zefiro with Alfredo Bernardini (conductor): works by Telemann, Bach and Fasch.
Whole day ferry excursion to island of Gozo: prehistoric temple of Ggantija, Dwejra Bay (Fungus Rock of the Knights), Victoria (walled citadel) and St John’s Basilica. Evening lecture.
Free morning followed by lunchtime festival performance featuring Ashley Solomon and Terence Charlston: flute sonatas by Bach. Afternoon visit to Casa Rocca Piccola (16th century palace) followed by evening festival performance featuring Accademia del Piacere with Nuria Rial (soprano) and Fahmi Alqhai (conductor): works by Sebastián Durón.
Morning lecture followed by visits in Valletta. Evening festival performance featuring Orquestra Divino Sospiro: Antonio Caldara Maddalena Ai Piedi di Cristo.
Illustrated morning lecture: The Baroque Flute – its History, Development and Repertoire. Free time. Depart Malta 1655, arriving Heathrow 1925.
14 Jan — 20 Jan 2019
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It was a privilege to have Ashley as Director from every point of view - in a highly competitive market, he makes ACE's offering exceptional.
Cost includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, two lunches, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £245.