• Daniel Barenboim conducts two symphonic masterpieces in Berlin’s impressive Philharmonie
• Explore questions of art, culture and German identity through Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
• Be captivated by Prokofiev’s sparkling lyric comedy, Betrothal in a Monastery
MA, DPhil, FRCO
John Deathridge is a former organ scholar, graduate and postgraduate of Lincoln College Oxford.
Depart London Heathrow 1050, arriving Berlin Tegel 1340. Transfer to Hotel Albrechtshof for five nights.
Morning lecture followed by coach orientation and guided architectural tour: Potsdamer Platz, Checkpoint Charlie, Friedrichstrasse, Nikolaiviertel, Unter den Linden, Reichstag, new Parliament buildings and Brandenburg Gate. Evening concert at the Philharmonie featuring Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim (conductor): Prokofiev Symphony No 1 in D major, Op 25, ‘Symphonie Classique’; Mahler Symphony No 1 in D major.
Lecture and daytime visits including guided tours of the Philharmonie (subject to confirmation) and the Museum of Musical Instruments. Evening performance at Berlin State Opera: Prokofiev Betrothal in a Monastery.
Optional Sunday morning service at the Berliner Dom followed by guided visit to the Alte Nationalgalerie and some free time. Late afternoon performance at Berlin State Opera: Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
Morning lecture. Afternoon visit to the Deutsches Historisches Museum followed by free time. Evening chamber concert at Berlin State Opera (Apollosaal): works by Jacques Ibert, André Jolivet, Jean Françaix, Sergei Prokofiev and Francis Poulenc.
Depart Berlin 1435, arriving Heathrow 1535.
11 Apr — 16 Apr 2019
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return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, one lunch, two dinners with water & coffee, opera plates & drink at two performances, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £245.