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

  • Iván Fischer conducts the Budapest Festival Orchestra at Leipzig Gewandhaus

  • Additional works include Des Knaben Wunderhorn and the cantata Das klagende Lied

"Richard's daily talks were the highlight of the day. They added huge value to the programme"

- ACE customer on a previous tour with Richard Wigmore

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 and the Royal Concertgebouw to the Budapest Festival Orchestra. These are presided over by a range of superb conductors including Andris Nelsons, Semyon Bychkov, Iván Fischer and Christian Thielemann.


Players and conductors will be joined by award-winning soloists, including German mezzo-soprano Christa Mayer, particularly celebrated for her performances in Wagner’s Ring.


Several concerts will also feature prestigious German choirs. In particular, during Mahler’s colossal eighth symphony – or ‘Symphony of a Thousand’, the last to be performed in his lifetime – no fewer than four will take to the stage alongside a range of soloists; and we will also hear from women of the Saxon State Opera Choir, together with the children’s choir of Dresden’s Semperoper, for Symphony No 3.


Beyond the symphonies, we will also enjoy Mahler's much earlier work Das klagende Lied, or ‘Song of Lamentation’.


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 second tour will be led by Richard Wigmore, MA, AGSM, a writer, broadcaster, lecturer and former professional singer. He frequently appears on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review.

Tour Code

Included: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, six breakfasts, two lunches, five 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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