Elgar, Birmingham & Worcester
8 Feb — 13 Feb 2020 | Tour Director: Nicholas Wearne
• Nicola Benedetti joins Klaus Mäkelä and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for Bartók’s Violin Concerto No 2
• City Organist Thomas Trotter gives his 800th solo recital – including Dukas’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice – and Iceland’s Symphony Orchestra plays Sibelius’s Symphony No 1
• Explore the places that inspired Elgar’s works, including the Malvern Hills, and enjoy private recitals from our Tour Director
a former ACE Bursary student, who is a tutor and Junior Fellow at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Tour assembles 1400 at Hyatt Regency Birmingham Hotel for five nights. Short orientation walking tour. Evening performance at Birmingham Symphony Hall featuring Nicola Benedetti (violin) and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Klaus Mäkelä (conductor): Bartók Violin Concerto No 2, BB 117; Berlioz Symphonie fantastique, Op 14.
Morning lecture followed by optional Sunday morning service at St Philip’s Cathedral. Afternoon visit to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and some free time.
Morning visit to Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for guided tour and private recital. Lunchtime ‘800th’ solo organ recital at Birmingham Symphony Hall featuring Thomas Trotter (organ): J S Bach Prelude & Fugue in E minor, BWV 548; Schumann Two Fugues on B A C H; Rachel Laurin (new commission); A Wammes Miroir; Dukas arr. T Trotter L’Apprenti Sorcier. Afternoon visit to the University of Birmingham for Cadbury Research Library (to view documents from the Elgar collection) and opportunity to visit the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. Free evening.
Morning visit to St Mary’s Convent, Handsworth, followed by afternoon visit to the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter. Evening performance at Birmingham Symphony Hall featuring Iceland Symphony Orchestra with Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor) and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano): Bizet L'Arlésienne Suite No 2; Ravel Concerto for the Left Hand in D major; Sibelius Symphony No 1 in E minor, Op 39.
Whole day excursion to Worcester for St George’s Church including illustrated talk: Elgar and the Midlands with musical examples (Elgar Vesper Voluntaries, Op 14) followed by Worcester Cathedral and The Firs (Elgar’s birthplace). Continue to Malvern Hills for visit to Great Malvern Priory with private organ recital: Elgar Organ Sonata, Op 28.
Morning visit to St Chad’s Cathedral (with short organ recital). Tour disperses 1200 at St Chad’s Cathedral or 1230 at Birmingham New Street Station, followed by the hotel.
8 Feb — 13 Feb 2020
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While this tour is not especially strenuous, participants should feel comfortable exploring Birmingham on foot and standing in galleries. Some church interiors may be dimly lit and involve traversing uneven ground.
Cost of £1495 includes: accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, four dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £295.