• Enjoy Bach’s stirring St John Passion, performed in the surroundings of the Thomaskirche, the composer’s final resting place
• Make an Easter Day excursion to Dresden, culminating in a spectacular production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare at the Saxon State Opera House
• Take in two operas at Leipzig’s beautiful opera house: Weber’s Der Freischütz followed by Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman
John Bryden, MA, ARCM, ARCO
international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer
Depart Heathrow 1050 on British Airways, arriving Berlin 1340. Transfer to Leipzig for eight nights at Seaside Park Hotel. Welcome and introduction.
Morning lecture followed by walking tour of central Leipzig with lunch at Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum (Europe’s oldest surviving coffee house, frequented by Schumann and Wagner) and visit to the Schiller House Museum. Evening performance at Thomaskirche: J S Bach St John Passion.
Good Friday Excursion to Halle (birthplace of Handel): Market Church with short recital on the 1664 organ that young Handel played (subject to confirmation), Moritzburg Museum and Art Gallery (fine collection of Expressionist art) and Handel-Haus (Handel’s birthplace) with short organ recital.
Felix Mendelssohn House Museum with a private concert by the Tour Director. Afternoon: Schumann House Museum with private recital by the Tour Director. Evening performance at Leipzig Opera House: Weber Der Freischütz.
Easter Sunday Whole day excursion to Dresden including optional service and visit to the spectacular restored Frauenkirche. Evening performance at the Saxon State Opera House: Handel Giulio Cesare.
Morning lecture and visit to the Bach Museum, followed by free afternoon. Evening performance at Leipzig Opera House: Wagner The Flying Dutchman.
Whole day excursion to Weimar including Goethe and Schiller Houses followed by walking tour.
Excursion to Schönfeld Church (where Robert and Clara Schumann were married) with private recital by the Tour Director (subject to confirmation), Köthen Castle (where much of J S Bach’s music was originally performed) and St Jacob’s Church for private recital by the Tour Director on the Ladegast Organ.
Depart Berlin 1430, arriving Heathrow 1535.
17 Apr — 25 Apr 2019
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Cost of £2575 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, two lunches, seven dinners including one opera plate with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £150.