International Chopin Piano Competition
8 Oct — 15 Oct 2020 | Tour Director: John Bryden
• Experience a portion of this spectacular competition, undertaken every five years, in the heart of Warsaw
• Explore the cultural heritage of Poland’s capital city, including several sites relating to Chopin
• Journey to Zelazowa Wola for a visit to the composer’s birthplace museum
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international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer
Depart London Heathrow 1015 on LOT Polish Airlines, arriving Warsaw 1350. Check in to the Hotel Mercure Warsaw Grand for seven nights. Welcome and introduction.
Morning lecture followed by guided tour of Warsaw, to include the Old Town, St John’s Cathedral, and sites associated with Chopin. Afternoon at Warsaw National Philharmonic: Chopin Piano Competition Round 2.
Morning visit to the Ostrogski Palace for the Fredyryk Chopin Museum. Afternoon at Warsaw National Philharmonic: Chopin Piano Competition Round 2.
Morning visit to the POLIN Jewish Museum (dedicated to the history of Poland’s Jews). Afternoon at Warsaw National Philharmonic: Chopin Piano Competition Round 2.
Morning lecture followed by guided visit to Wilanów Palace (impressive Baroque residence built for King John III). Afternoon at Warsaw National Philharmonic: Chopin Piano Competition Round 2.
Morning excursion to the village of Zelazowa Wola for Chopin’s birthplace. Free afternoon and evening.
Morning at Warsaw National Philharmonic: Chopin Piano Competition Round 3. Afternoon: guided tour of Warsaw Royal Castle.
Depart Warsaw 1530, arriving Heathrow 1720.
8 Oct — 15 Oct 2020
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"After playing the C sharp minor Scherzo in Guido Agosti's Summer Masterclass in Siena, I was told by two fellow students from Poland, ‘You play Chopin like a Pole’ – the highest commendation! I look forward to returning to Warsaw in October to hear the finest young pianists from across the world receive the same accolade.”
- ACE Tour Director John Bryden
Please note that this competition is an extremely popular event. While we have endeavoured to secure the best available tickets, our groups of seats will be spread around the auditorium in different categories. Some seats may be located in the front rows. We will make sure to allocate seats fairly each night so that group members enjoy a comparable experience across the tour. We will also ensure that those travelling together are able to sit together.
While concentrated around the music, this tour will also involve a significant amount of walking. Visits to Warsaw’s historical sites and palaces will often involve ascending and descending steps, as well as some uneven terrain, and participants should be prepared for urban walking particularly in the Old Town.
Cost of £2245 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, four lunches (one light), six dinners (four light) with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £310.
Own flight reduction: £200.