• Enjoy two concerts of Beethoven sonatas in the 250th anniversary year of the composer’s birth, performed by celebrated pianist Joanna MacGregor
• Gain deeper insights into the music during lectures given by our Tour Director: writer, broadcaster and former professional singer Richard Wigmore
• View Beethoven autograph scores in the manuscripts collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum
a writer, broadcaster, lecturer and former professional singer
Tour assembles 1400 at the Cambridge Hotel for three nights. Afternoon visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum (opportunity to view Beethoven manuscripts in the Graham Robertson Study Room and to explore the museum independently). Evening: welcome and introduction.
Morning lecture followed by guided tour of King’s College Chapel. Free afternoon. Evening piano recital at Stapleford Granary featuring Joanna MacGregor: Beethoven Sonatas – No 3 in C, Op 2, No 3; No 14 in C sharp minor, Op 27, No 2 ‘Moonlight’; No 15 in D, Op 28 ‘Pastorale’; No 21 in C, Op 53 ‘Waldstein’.
Morning lecture followed by piano recital at Stapleford Granary featuring Joanna MacGregor: Beethoven Sonatas – No 30 in E, Op 109; No 31 in A flat Op 110; No 32 in C minor, Op 111. Lunch in the company of Joanna MacGregor followed by a visit in Cambridge and farewell dinner.
Tour disperses after breakfast at the hotel.
11 Sep — 14 Sep 2020
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This tour is not expected to be strenuous, but participants must be prepared for some walking and standing, including over cobbled and uneven ground, and navigating steps.
RICHARD WIGMORE WRITES
“No composer traversed as much spiritual space as did Beethoven between his first and last works. Proving the point, Joanna MacGregor’s recitals will embrace sonatas from each period of his career. The young virtuoso, darling of Viennese salons, is represented by the glittering C major Sonata Op 2 No 3. In his mid-twenties Beethoven was already taking the keyboard into hitherto uncharted territory. Composed at the start of the new century, the ‘Moonlight’, by turns soulful and stormy, and the ‘Pastoral’ stand on the cusp of Romanticism, while the ‘Waldstein’ – in its way as radical as the ‘Eroica’ Smphony – is a drama of cosmic energy and grandeur. Two decades later, in his final sonatas Beethoven was far less concerned with strenuous rhetoric and brilliance of effect. While there is conflict and suffering in the three sublime works we will hear, each aspires to, and attains, a visionary lyricism that had never been heard in music before.”
Cost of £995 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, two lunches (one light), two dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £295.