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Autumn Festival: Music in the Age of Enlightenment

24 Oct — 27 Oct 2021 | Tour Director:

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Tour assembles from 1630 at Madingley Hall. 1830 welcome and introduction with Kate Romano, CEO of Stapleford Granary. After dinner music.



Full day at Stapleford Granary. Morning: introductory lecture with Tim Blanning followed by an illustrated exploration of musical developments during the Enlightenment with Sandy Burnett and a song recital featuring Robin Horgan (tenor) with John Bryden (piano), including works by Handel and Haydn.  Afternoon:  music and discussion led by Margaret Faultless and the ensemble Music for Awhile, including a performance of Haydn's Symphony No 45 in F sharp minor 'Farewell'.



Morning lecture at Madingley Hall with John Deathridge: Beethoven's Enlightenment. Transfer to Stapleford Granary for an introduction to artistic developments during the Enlightenment, followed by a ‘Roadshow’ masterclass of Enlightenment treasures with Lars Tharp. Afternoon: lecture with Kate Romano on the evolution of the concert, followed by a recital with Lara Müller (soprano) and William Searle (tenor): Enlighten Up! The mythical, immoral, complex and surprisingly ordinary characters of Enlightenment opera - including works by Mozart. Pre-dinner music at Madingley Hall.



Morning art history lecture at Madingley Hall with Charles Hind exploring Neoclassicism during the Enlightenment. Tour disperses c. 1200 at Madingley Hall.

Tour Dates

24 Oct — 27 Oct 2021





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In light of the relaxation of regulations on 19 July, we anticipate that it will be possible to operate this tour with a minimum of COVID-19 restrictions. If, however, some government restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic are reintroduced, or we feel it is important for the overall safety of the group, we may kindly request that participants follow social distancing and other safeguarding measures. If this is the case, ACE and the staff at both the Granary and Madingley Hall will provide clear guidance on circulation, seating during performances, mealtimes, transportation and the use of hand sanitiser and face coverings (where appropriate). Participants may be required to wear a face covering during the performances and lectures, as well as in certain public spaces, depending on the situation at the time. If circumstances prevent us from operating the tour safely and / or practically, we will notify you within plenty of time. Should you have any questions or concerns about this aspect of the tour, please do not hesitate to contact the ACE office.


This festival is not expected to be particularly strenuous, as the majority of events will take place at either Madingley Hall or Stapleford Granary, with coaches used to transport participants between the two.  Please note that the concert spaces at both Madingley Hall and Stapleford Granary are accessed by flights of stairs, however a small lift is available for those who need them.

Cost of £1095 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances & lectures as described, breakfast, two lunches, dinner with water & coffee, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £95.