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Bach Festival in Leipzig

14 Jun — 21 Jun 2021 | Tour Director: John Bryden

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Tour Director

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John Bryden,

MA, ARCM, ARCO

international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Heathrow on British Airways, arriving Berlin. Transfer to Seaside Park Hotel, Leipzig, for seven nights. Evening festival performance at Leipzig Gewandhaus featuring the Gewandhaus Children’s Choir and Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, with soloists, under Ton Koopman (conductor): J S Bach St Matthew Passion, BWV 244.

Day

2

Morning walking tour of Leipzig including Altes Rathaus and Baroque Barthels Hof (exteriors). Free afternoon followed by evening lecture.

Day

3

Whole day excursion to Dresden including visits to the New Green Vault and Old Masters Picture Gallery, and opportunity for independent visit to the Frauenkirche. Evening festival performance at the Thomaskirche featuring Olivier Latry (organ): J S Bach Fantasia in G major, BWV 572, Prelude & Fugue in E flat major, BWV 552, An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653, Fantasia in C minor, BWV 562/1; as well as works by Nicolas de Grigny and François Couperin. 

Day

4

Morning lecture followed by visit to the Bach Archive Museum (the world’s pre-eminent centre of Bach scholarship). Free afternoon. Independent dinner followed by evening festival performance at Leipzig Gewandhaus featuring Collegium Vocale Gent and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, with soloists, under Philippe Herreweghe (conductor): Mendelssohn Mitten wir im Leben sind, Op 23, No 3, Symphony No 5 in D ‘Reformation’, Op 107; J S Bach Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80; Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms.

Day

5

Morning lecture followed by guided tour of the Museum of Historical Musical Instruments including a short recital by the Tour Director (subject to confirmation). Afternoon: guided tour of the Mendelssohn House Museum with piano recital by the Tour Director (subject to confirmation). Evening festival performance at the Nikolaikirche featuring Concerto Köln and Netherlands Chamber Choir, with soloists, under Peter Dijkstra (conductor): J S Bach St John Passion, BWV 245.

Day

6

Morning visits to the Monument to the Battle of the Nations and Schumann House Museum, including private recital with the Tour Director (subject to confirmation). Afternoon: some free time followed by lecture. Evening festival performance at Leipzig Gewandhaus featuring Sir András Schiff (piano): J S Bach English Suites, BWV 806–811.

Day

7

Optional morning service in the Thomaskirche followed by afternoon visit to Leipzig Fine Arts Museum. Independent dinner followed by evening festival closing performance at the Thomaskirche featuring La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations, with soloists, under Jordi Savall (conductor): J S Bach Mass in B minor, BWV 232.

Day

8

Köthen Castle (where Bach served as Kapellmeister for Prince Leopold). Continue to Berlin for departure, arriving Heathrow.

Tour Dates

14 Jun — 21 Jun 2021

Days

8

Cost

£2795

Tour Code

BACH-21

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Testimonial

"I feel privileged to have had John Bryden as my tour leader on trips"
ACE customer on previous Bach Festival in Leipzig tour with John Bryden

FITNESS/PRACTICALITIES

This tour involves several excursions to museums, as well as walking tours, and participants should therefore feel comfortable staying on their feet for extended periods of time. A good general level of fitness is required for this tour.

FLIGHTS

For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £170.

Cost of £2795 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, three lunches, five dinners (one light) with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £235.

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