• Join flautist and Head of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music, Ashley Solomon, for some of the best early music performances the UK has to offer
• Enjoy programmes from acclaimed artists including The Tallis Scholars, Gabrieli Consort & Players, Rose Consort of Viols and The Gonzaga Band
• Take in the historical surroundings of York’s buildings, including exquisite stained glass at York Minster
Chair and Head of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music and Director of Florilegium
Tour assembles 1230 at the DoubleTree by Hilton York. Welcome followed by afternoon festival concert at the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) featuring The Gonzaga Band: final programme to be announced. Evening introductory lecture.
Guided tour of York Minster followed by lunchtime festival concert at NCEM featuring Rose Consort of Viols with Steven Devine (virginals): ‘Music for Severall Friends’ – programme celebrating the birthdays of Thomas Tomkins and Matthew Locke. Afternoon: free time and lecture. Evening festival concert at York Minster Chapter House featuring The Tallis Scholars with Peter Phillips (director): ‘Choral Connections’ – works by Josquin, Palestrina and Byrd.
Morning lecture followed by some free time. Lunchtime festival concert at St Lawrence’s Church featuring La Vaghezza: programme to be announced. A fternoon: medieval walking tour of York.
Morning visit to Barley Hall (beautifully restored medieval townhouse) followed by free time to explore ‘The Shambles’. Lunchtime festival concert at St Lawrence’s Church featuring University of York Baroque Ensemble with Lucy Russell and Rachel Gray (directors): programme to be announced. Afternoon: some free time followed by lecture. Evening festival performance at York Minster featuring Gabrieli Consort & Players with Paul McCreesh (director): ‘Venetian Coronation’ – programme to be announced.
Morning excursion to Castle Howard (masterpiece of Baroque architecture). Afternoon lecture followed by evening festival concert at St Lawrence’s Church featuring Yorkshire Baroque Soloists with Peter Seymour (director): J S Bach ‘Coffee Cantata’ / Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, BWV 211.
Tour disperses after breakfast at the hotel.
10 Jul — 15 Jul 2022
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"Ashley’s talks were very interesting and informative"
"The concerts were fascinating and Ashley’s lectures and discussion added an extra dimension"
- ACE customers on previous tours with Ashley Solomon
Although this is not a strenuous tour, it will involve a moderate amount of walking around central York, and negotiating steps and uneven terrain. Participants should meet ACE’s usual fitness requirements, as outlined in our Booking Terms & Conditions.
ADDITIONAL NIGHT AT THE HOTEL:
This tour assembles at 1230 on 10 July in time to attend our first concert at 1400. If you would like to arrange an additional overnight stay at the hotel on 9 July, please mention this when you make your booking and ACE would be happy to arrange it for you at the cost of the extra night (as a supplement).
Cost of £1745 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, dinner with water & coffee, voucher for Bettys Tea Room, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £285.