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  • Enjoy a performance of Schubert’s deeply evocative Winterreise with Slovakian tenor Pavol Breslik

  • Take in recitals with world renowned pianist Paul Lewis, mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter and tenor Christoph Prégardien

  • Explore the region with an array of daytime visits, including Lake Constance and the fascinating Rieger Orgelbau workshop

"Everything about this trip was superb"

- ACE customer on the 2019 Schubert in Schwarzenberg tour with Nicholas Wearne

There are few more idyllic settings to appreciate the world’s best song, chamber and piano concerts than the Vorarlberg region in Austria, where the village of Schwarzenberg commands panoramic views across lush meadows to the soaring Alps. Each summer, amidst the tranquil mountain scenery of the Bregenz Forest, a select group of musicians – from well-known performers to up-and-coming artists – gather to present a dynamic selection of Schubert’s music alongside works by other composers.


Our venue is the Angelika Kauffmann Hall, named after the 18th century Swiss-born painter and founding member of the Royal Academy in London. Kauffmann spent her early years in Schwarzenberg, where, aged 16, she composed medallions of the apostles in the village church – returning 44 years later to paint the picture above the high altar.


Our tour to the 2022 festival will take in a mixture of daytime and evening concerts ranging from intimate piano works to lively song recitals and string quartets. Particular highlights will include a concert of Schubert sonatas with internationally acclaimed pianist Paul Lewis CBE; a performance of Schubert’s transporting depiction of a winter’s journey, Winterreise, sung by Slovakian tenor Pavol Breslik; and a song recital with mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter.

The Modigliani Quartet and Emerson String Quartet will delight us with programmes of Schubert’s works for strings, and we will also enjoy recitals from German lyric tenor Christoph Prégardien – well known from his roles in Mozart opera and Bach passions – as well as baritone Andrè Schuen.


Daytime visits will include a guided tour of Schwarzenberg alongside excursions to the splendid Rieger Orgelbau workshop, Hohenems and the charming town of Lindau in the Lake Constance area.


We will stay at the four-star Hotel Die Wälderin, a high quality modern hotel situated in the scenic surroundings of Mellau in the Bregenz Forest. Rooms are of a premium standard with balconies, and include access to swimming pools and sauna facilities. The hotel is a short drive from Schwarzenberg.


Tour Director Nicholas Wearne, BA, MPhil, is a former ACE Bursary student who holds a Junior Fellowship at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. A solo organist whose career has taken him all over the world, Nicholas won the Poul Ruders Prize at the 2011 Odense International Organ Competition, and has held a number of prestigious positions as organist, most recently at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square.

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Included: Return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a premium double or twin-bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, four lunches (two light), dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not Included: Travel insurance, premium double room for single use £170.

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