Valletta International Baroque Festival
10 Jan — 16 Jan 2020 | Tour Director: Ashley Solomon
• Bask in the blissful sounds of La Serenissima and Les Musiciens du Louvre, two of the world’s finest early music ensembles
• Enjoy an evocative performance from bass and lutenist Joel Frederiksen
• Delve into Malta’s fascinating history with a visit to the island of Gozo, inhabited for thousands of years
Chair and Head of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music and Director of Florilegium
Depart London Heathrow 1125 on Air Malta, arriving Malta 1535. Transfer to the Phoenicia Hotel for six nights. Welcome and introduction followed by evening festival performance featuring Les Musiciens du Louvre: works by Handel and Porpora.
Morning lecture followed by walking tour of Valletta including Co-Cathedral of St John and Oratory (important masterpieces by Mattia Preti and Caravaggio), Palace of the Grand Masters (Palace Armoury and State Rooms) and Casa Rocca Piccola (16th century palace). Evening festival performance featuring La Serenissima: works by Vivaldi.
Morning lecture followed by visit to Upper Barrakka Gardens and lunchtime festival performance featuring Les Contre Sujets (baroque ensemble): music by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Handel and Telemann. Free afternoon followed by evening festival performance featuring La Serenissima: works by Telemann, Fasch and Vivaldi.
Rabat for Domus Romana Museum (mosaics) and St Paul’s Catacombs. Afternoon: Mdina for Cathedral and Museum. Evening festival performance featuring Joel Frederiksen (voice and lute): English, French and Italian music from the late Renaissance and early Baroque.
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.
Morning lecture followed by visits in Valletta – ‘The Three Cities’ tour. Evening festival performance featuring Cantar Lontano, Valletta Baroque Ensemble and the Monteverdi Project: Requiem in C minor.
Illustrated morning lecture: The Baroque Flute – its History, Development and Repertoire. Free time. Depart Malta 1655, arriving Heathrow 1925.
10 Jan — 16 Jan 2020
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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.
This tour involves extensive walking within Valletta and during our excursions to Mdina and Gozo. Participants should be comfortable walking over uneven ground and have a good overall level of fitness.
Cost of £2195 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, one lunch, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £270.