•Internationally-acclaimed orchestras gather to bring us Mahler’s symphonies
•Musical delights are supplemented with a range of cultural visits in Amsterdam and The Hague, including the world-famous Rijksmuseum
•Delve behind the scenes at the festival’s venue, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw
MA, ARCM, ARCO
international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer
Depart London Heathrow 1145 on British Airways, arriving Amsterdam 1405. Transfer to Park Hotel for five nights. Welcome and introductory lecture followed by evening performance at the Concertgebouw featuring the New York Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden with Roderick Williams (baritone): Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Symphony No 1 in D major ‘Titan’.
Morning lecture followed by historical walking tour of Amsterdam. Afternoon: visit to the Rijksmuseum. Evening performance at the Concertgebouw featuring the New York Philharmonic under Jaap van Zweden with Joélle Harvey (soprano) and Sasha Cooke (mezzo-soprano): Symphony No 2 in C minor ‘Resurrection’.
Excursion to The Hague for visit to the Mauritshuis. Return to Amsterdam for free afternoon followed by lecture. Evening performance at the Concertgebouw featuring the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Myung-Whun Chung with Gerhild Romberger (alto): Symphony No 3 in D minor.
Morning excursion to Haarlem for organ recital at St Bavo’s Cathedral (subject to confirmation) followed by some free time. Return to Amsterdam for afternoon lecture followed by evening performance at the Concertgebouw featuring the Berliner Philharmonic under Kirill Petrenko with Christiane Karg (soprano) and Elisabeth Kulman (mezzo-soprano): Rückert-Lieder, Symphony No 4 in G major.
Morning excursion to Alkmaar for organ recital at St Laurens’s Church (subject to confirmation). Return to Amsterdam for afternoon guided tour of the Concertgebouw followed by evening performance at the Concertgebouw featuring the Vienna Philharmonic under Daniel Barenboim with Okka von der Damerau (mezzo-soprano): Kindertotenlieder, Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor.
Morning visit to the Van Gogh Museum. Depart Amsterdam 1500, arriving Heathrow 1525.
8 May — 13 May 2020
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|For those who wish to hear the complete set of Mahler’s symphonies, it is possible to take part in both tours back-to-back. In addition to the full musical experience, participants joining both tours can enjoy the expertise of both Tour Directors as well as some varying daytime visits.
This tour is not anticipated to be strenuous, but please note some visits will be made on foot.
Cost of £3295 includes:
return airfare, accommodation based on sharing an executive twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, five dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
travel insurance, superior single supplement £515.