• Join a unique ‘family reunion’ of specialist J S Bach performers from around the world
• Experience some of Bach’s most beautiful choral cantatas in the neoclassical surroundings of Leipzig’s magnificent Nikolaikirche, where the composer once worked as Director of Music
• Further highlights include Bach’s Mass in B minor, St Matthew and St John Passions, and timeless Goldberg Variations
MA, ARCM, ARCO
international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer
Depart London Heathrow 1050 on British Airways, arriving Berlin 1340. Transfer to Seaside Park Hotel, Leipzig for seven nights. Welcome and introduction.
Morning lecture followed by walking tour of Leipzig (Altes Rathaus, Baroque Barthels Hof – exteriors). Afternoon visit to the Bach Archiv (the world’s pre-eminent centre of Bach scholarship). Evening festival performance at the Thomaskirche featuring Patrick Grahl (tenor), Peter Harvey (bass), Dorothee Mields (soprano), Benno Schachtner (alto), Krešimir Stražanac (bass) and Gächinger Kantorei under Hans-Christoph Rademann (conductor): J S Bach St Matthew Passion, BWV 244.
Whole day excursion to Arnstadt (Bach Church, including private organ recital by the Tour Director subject to confirmation) and Weimar (walking tour and Liszt Museum).
Morning lecture followed by guided tour of the Museum of Historical Musical Instruments including a short recital by the Tour Director (subject to confirmation). Afternoon: guided tour of the Mendelssohn House Museum with piano recital by Tour Director (subject to confirmation). Evening festival performance at the Nikolaikirche featuring Emmanuel Music Boston and soloists under Ryan Turner (conductor): J S Bach choral cantatas – ‘Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern’, BWV 1, ‘Christ lag in Todes Banden’, BWV 4, ‘Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit’, BWV 14, ‘Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme’, BWV 140.
Whole day excursion to Dresden including visits to the New and Historical Green Vaults. Evening festival performance at Leipzig Opera House featuring Leipzig Ballet, Leipzig Opera Chorus, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and soloists under Christoph Gedschold (conductor): J S Bach St John Passion, BWV 245 (ballet).
Morning lecture followed by visit to Monument of Nations. Afternoon festival performance at Haus Leipzig featuring Angela Hewitt (piano): J S Bach Goldberg Variations. Evening festival performance at the Nikolaikirche featuring Isabel Schicketanz (soprano), Franz Vitzthum (alto), Thomas Hobbs (tenor), Felix Schwandtke (bass) and the Netherlands Bach Society with Shunske Sato (concert master): J S Bach choral cantatas – ‘Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott’, BWV 80, ‘In allen meinen Taten’, BWV 97, ‘Sei Lob und Ehr dem höchsten Gut’, BWV 117, ‘Nun danket alle Gott’, BWV 192.
Optional morning service in the Thomaskirche followed by afternoon visit to Leipzig Fine Arts Museum. Evening festival closing performance at the Thomaskirche featuring Christina Landshamer (soprano), Anke Vondung (mezzo-soprano), Sebastian Kohlhepp (tenor) and Krešimir Stražanac (bass) with MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Andris Nelsons (conductor): J S Bach Mass in B minor, BWV 232.
Köthen Castle (where Bach served as Kapellmeister for Prince Leopold). Continue to Berlin for 1645 departure, arriving Heathrow 1745.
15 Jun — 22 Jun 2020
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I feel privileged to have had John Bryden as my tour leader on trips.
- previous ACE Music tour passenger
This tour involves several excursions to museums, as well as walking tours, and therefore participants should feel comfortable staying on their feet for extended periods of time. A good general level of fitness is required for this tour.
Cost of £2795 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, three lunches, four dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £235.
Own flight reduction: £150.