Bergen International Festival
19 May — 26 May 2020 | Tour Director: Nicholas Wearne
• Edward Gardner conducts the festival’s opening performance of Salome
• Enjoy intimate concerts at Grieg’s House, Troldhaugen, and on the beautiful island of Lysøen
• Explore the wider cultural history of Bergen including its major museums and galleries, home to important collections of works by Edvard Munch
a former ACE Bursary student, who is a tutor and Junior Fellow at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Depart London Gatwick 1050 on Norwegian Air, arriving Bergen 1345. Transfer to Hotel Norge, Bergen, for seven nights. Welcome and introduction.
Morning lecture followed by guided tour of Bergen, including fish market, Bryggen (colourful and historical wharf area) and fortress. Afternoon visit to Bryggens Museum (local archaeological finds) and some free time. Evening festival performance at Grieghallen featuring the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Bergen National Opera under Edward Gardner (conductor): Richard Strauss Salome (in concert).
Morning: Bergen Maritime Museum (founded in 1914, providing a fascinating glimpse into Bergen’s seafaring past). Some free time followed by evening performance at Håkonshallen featuring Les Arts Florissants under William Christie (conductor) – programme to be confirmed.
Morning lecture followed by guided visit to KODE 3 (one of Norway’s most important collections on Edvard Munch). Afternoon: guided tour of the University Museum of History (impressive collection of cultural and natural history). Independent dinner, followed by evening festival performance at Håkonshallen featuring Vikingur Ólafsson (piano) – programme to be confirmed.
Morning lecture followed by guided visit to KODE 4 (large permanent collection of European modernist works). Free time followed by late afternoon visit to Troldhaugen (Grieg’s House) and evening festival performance at the Troldsal featuring Miriam Helms Ålien (violin) and members of the Kronberg Academy – programme to be confirmed.
Morning: via coach and shuttle boat to Lysøen for late morning festival performance featuring Tanja Zapolski (piano) and Amalie Stalheim (cello) – programme to be confirmed. Afternoon: guided tour of Ole Bull’s Villa. Evening festival performance at Grieghallen featuring Vilde Frang (violin), Nicolas Alstaedt (cello) and Vikingur Ólafsson (piano) with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Edward Gardner (conductor): works by Jörg Widmann, Brahms and Grieg.
Whole day spent exploring the stunning natural landscape around Bergen (details will be confirmed in March 2020).
Depart Bergen 0915, arriving Gatwick 1015
19 May — 26 May 2020
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FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
This tour is not anticipated to be especially strenuous, however please note that some visits will involve walking around Bergen’s city centre as well as standing in galleries. The visit to Lysøen will involve a journey by shuttle boat, and our exploration of the natural landscape on day 7 is likely to involve a boat trip and periods of walking over uneven ground.
Cost of £3165 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, two lunches, six dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £425.
TOUR CODE: BERG20