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  • Attend a selection of performances from eminent musicians including renowned ensembles The Tallis Scholars and The Sixteen

  • Enjoy a performance of Haydn and Mozart piano sonatas with Sir András Schiff in the elegant surroundings of the Assembly Rooms

  • Visit nearby Wells and discover its beautiful Gothic cathedral

“Excellent music programme, informative and interesting lectures by Sandy”

- ACE customer on a previous Bath Mozartfest tour

Each year music pilgrims flock to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath to enjoy a festival celebrating one of Europe’s favourite musical sons: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

 

The festival – which has garnered critical acclaim for its high calibre performers – showcases not only the music composed by Mozart but also that of composers for whom he provided inspiration. Performances take place in the stunning surroundings of Bath’s historical buildings, including the Guildhall and the delightful 18th century Assembly Rooms.

 

ACE is delighted to be offering two tours to the 2024 Mozartfest, which features an especially strong line-up of artists and offers an excellent range of performances. Our second departure begins with a concert featuring The Tallis Scholars, who will present works inspired by the Sistine Chapel, including Allegri’s Miserere. This will be followed by a performance of works by Schubert, Robert Schumann and Brahms brought to us by prize-winning musicians, violinist Stephen Waarts and pianist Martin Klett.

 

A particular highlight of our tour will be an evening of Haydn and Mozart piano sonatas, to be announced on the night, with the celebrated classical pianist and conductor Sir András Schiff.

 

Furthermore, the BBC New Generation Artists will take to the stage with pianist Elisabeth Brauss, clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe and the Leonkoro Quartet to bring us Haydn’s String Quartet in F major, ‘The Dream’, alongside Mozart’s String Quartet No 23 in F major and Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet in B minor. We also look forward to hearing from the much acclaimed Hungarian Takacs Quartet: a review of their playing in The Guardian stated, “classical music doesn’t get much more life-enhancing than this”.

 

Our tour concludes in the atmospheric surroundings of Bath Abbey with the festival’s closing concert, featuring The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra with soprano Hilary Cronin under the baton of Harry Christophers, whose renditions of Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore alongside Haydn’s Nelson Mass will round off our tour in style.

 

Alongside the musical programme, our itinerary will take in further cultural treats on offer in the city of Bath. We hope to include a visit to the Holburne Museum – home to Sir William Holburne’s collection of fine and decorative arts – with an illustrated lecture given by our Tour Director on the Schantz fortepiano (subject to final confirmation). We also look forward to a visit to the city’s iconic Roman Baths.

 

Complementing our time in Bath will be an excursion to Wells, England’s smallest city, to enjoy a guided tour of its beautiful Gothic cathedral.

We will stay throughout at the four-star Francis Hotel, set within Georgian townhouses in the heart of Bath.

 
This tour will be led by Sandy Burnett, MA, a musician and broadcaster who spent over a decade as one of the best-known classical music presenters on BBC Radio 3. He has conducted many orchestras and choirs, and has masterminded a complete cycle of J S Bach’s sacred cantatas.

Days
5
Cost
£1945
Tour Code
BMZ2-24


Included: accommodation based on sharing a classic twin or double bedded room, performances as described (subject to final programme details), four breakfasts, four light dinners with a glass of wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities & all taxes.


Not Included: travel insurance, classic double room for single use supplement £340.

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