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  • Internationally-acclaimed orchestras, conductors and soloists gather to bring us all of Mahler’s symphonies

  • Andris Nelsons conducts the Gewandhaus Orchestra with soprano Ying Fang

  • Additional works include Das Lied von der Erde performed by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra

Leipzig lies at the heart of the classical music tradition: Wagner was born here, Mendelssohn died here and Bach spent nearly three decades as Kapellmeister at the Thomaskirche. Each year the city offers a near-unrivalled selection of festivals, operas and concerts featuring a wide range of composers; 2023 is, however, a particularly special year as the city prepares to perform all of Mahler’s symphonies, celebrating the years the composer spent in Leipzig and his special relationship with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.


ACE is delighted to be offering two consecutive tours covering the two halves of the festival. At the heart of the performances will be a selection of eminent orchestras, ranging from Leipzig’s own Gewandhaus Orchestra to the Royal Concertgebouw. These are presided over by a range of superb conductors including Andris Nelsons, Myung-Whun Chung and Daniel Harding.


Players and conductors will be joined by award-winning soloists, from Chinese operatic soprano Ying Fang – well known for her roles at New York’s Metropolitan Opera – and Austrian tenor Andreas Schager, to German mezzo-soprano Gerhild Romberger.


Beyond the symphonies, we will enjoy a performance of orchestral cycle Das Lied von der Erde (‘The Song of the Earth’) – described by Leonard Bernstein as Mahler’s ‘greatest symphony’, yet not performed publically until after the composer’s death.


Our musical programme will be supplemented with introductory lectures given by our Tour Director, as well as daytime visits taking in the best of Leipzig’s musical and wider cultural heritage. These will include a city walking tour, visits to museums dedicated to Schumann and Mendelssohn, and Leipzig’s fascinating musical instruments collection.


We will stay throughout the tour in the centre of Leipzig at the Seaside Park Hotel, a four-star Art Deco residence situated within easy walking distance of the Gewandhaus.


Our first tour will be led by John Bryden, MA, ARCM, ARCO, a member of the Dartington Piano Duo who has played across Britain and Europe as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician.

Tour Code

Included: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, six breakfasts, two lunches, four dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities & all taxes.

Not Included: travel insurance, small double room for single use supplement £230.

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