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Bach Festival in Leipzig

13 Jun — 20 Jun 2022 | Tour Director: John Bryden

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Tour Director

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John Bryden,

MA, ARCM, ARCO

international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Heathrow 1050 on British Airways, arriving Berlin 1340. Transfer to Seaside Park Hotel, Leipzig, for seven nights. Welcome and introduction.

Day

2

Morning lecture followed by walking tour of Leipzig including Altes Rathaus and Baroque Barthels Hof (exteriors). Free afternoon followed by evening festival performance at the Thomaskirche featuring Julia Doyle (soprano),  Alex Potter (alto), Daniel Johannsen (tenor), Peter Harvey (bass), Matthias Helm (bass), choir and orchestra of the J S Bach Foundation of St Gallen under Rudolf Lutz (conductor): J S Bach St John Passion, BWV 245.

Day

3

Whole day excursion to Dresden including visits to the New Green Vault and Old Masters Picture Gallery, with opportunity for independent visit to the Frauenkirche. Evening festival performance at the Thomaskirche featuring Stuttgart Chamber Choir under Frieder Bernius (conductor): motets by J S Bach including Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229 and Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 227; motets by Johann Schelle and Johann Christoph Altnickol.

Day

4

Morning lecture followed by visit to Schoenefeld Memorial Church (where Clara and Robert Schumann were married) followed by Schumann House Museum, including private recital by the Tour Director (subject to confirmation). Evening festival performance at Leipzig Gewandhaus featuring Sir András Schiff (piano): J S Bach The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 – Preludes & Fugues, BWV 846-869.

Day

5

Morning lecture followed by visit to the Bach Archive Museum (the world’s pre-eminent centre of Bach scholarship). Afternoon festival performance at Leipzig Gewandhaus featuring Angela Hewitt (piano): J S Bach The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2 – Preludes & Fugues, BWV 870-893. Some free time.

Day

6

Morning lecture followed by guided tour of the Museum of Historical Musical Instruments including a short recital by the Tour Director (subject to confirmation).  Afternoon: guided tour of the Mendelssohn House Museum with piano recital by the Tour Director (subject to confirmation). Evening festival performance at the Nikolaikirche featuring Isabel Schicketanz (soprano), Franz Vitzthum (alto), Thomas Hobbs (tenor), Felix Schwandtke (bass) and the Netherlands Bach Society under Shunske Sato: choral cantatas by J S Bach including Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80, In allen meinen Taten, BWV 97, Sei Lob und Ehr dem höchsten Gut, BWV 117 and Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 192.

Day

7

Optional morning service in the Thomaskirche followed by afternoon visit to Leipzig Fine Arts Museum. Independent dinner followed by evening festival closing performance at the Thomaskirche featuring Hanna Herfurtner (soprano), Lucia Cirillo (soprano), Margot Oitzinger (alto), Bernhard Berchtold (tenor), Klaus Mertens (bass), the Choir of Radio and Television of Italian Switzerland and I Barocchisti under Diego Fasolis (conductor): J S Bach Mass in B minor, BWV 232.

Day

8

Köthen Castle (where Bach served as Kapellmeister for Prince Leopold). Continue to Berlin for 1645 departure, arriving Heathrow 1745.

Tour Dates

13 Jun — 20 Jun 2022

Days

8

Cost

£2965

Tour Code

BACH-22

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Testimonial

"I feel privileged to have had John Bryden as my tour leader on trips"
ACE customer on previous Bach Festival in Leipzig tour with John Bryden

FITNESS/PRACTICALITIES

This tour involves several excursions to museums, as well as walking tours, and participants should therefore feel comfortable staying on their feet for extended periods of time. A good general level of fitness is required for this tour.

FLIGHTS

For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £170.

Cost of £2965 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, three lunches, six dinners (two light) with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £235.

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