Melk Baroque Music Festival
28 May — 2 Jun 2020 | Tour Director: Ashley Solomon
• Take in a selection of concerts in the striking surroundings of Melk Abbey, including the festival’s opening performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas
• Gain insights into the musical programme through a series of lectures given by our Tour Director
• Savour a range of cultural visits, from Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum to Dürnstein Abbey
Chair and Head of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music and Director of Florilegium
Depart London Heathrow 1135 on British Airways, arriving Vienna 1455. Transfer to Melk for five nights at Hotel-Restaurant zur Post or Hotel Stadt Melk. Welcome and introduction.
Morning lecture followed by whole day excursion to Altenburg Abbey. Evening festival performance at the Stiftskirche, Melk Abbey featuring Concentus Musicus Wien, Nrebew Consort and others: Purcell Dido and Aeneas.
Morning lecture followed by free time. Afternoon: Meet & Greet with Artistic Director Michael Schade and introduction to the performances (subject to confirmation). Early evening performance at the Kolomanisaal, Melk Abbey featuring Accademia del Piacere, Fahmi Alqhai (direction, viheula & lute) and Maxi Blaha (speaker): works by Byrd, Hume and others as well as letters by Queen Elizabeth I (in German) followed by late evening performance at the Altarraum Siftkirche, Melk Abbey featuring Michael Schade (tenor), Luca Pianca (lute) and Giulia Genini (recorder): songs and instrumentals by John Dowland.
Optional High Mass at the Stiftskirche, Melk Abbey followed by late morning festival performance at the Kolomanisaal, Melk Abbey featuring Concentus Musicus Wien and Stefan Gottfried (direction, harpsichord): works by Geminiani, Handel, Pepusch and others. Afternoon guided tour of Melk Abbey. Evening festival performance at the Kolomanisaal, Melk Abbey featuring Dorothee Oberlinger (recorder & direction), Vittorio Ghielmi (viola da gamba & direction), Fabio Rinaudo (bagpipes), Johanna Seitz (harp) and Fabio Biale (fiddle, bhódran): works by Purcell, O’Carolan, Playford, Oswald, Locke and others.
Morning lecture followed by late morning festival performance at the Kolomanisaal, Melk Abbey featuring L’Orfeo Barockorchester, Michi Gaigg (direction) and Amelie Müller (soprano): works by Purcell, Handel, Arne and Linley the Younger. Afternoon boat trip on the Danube from Melk to Dürnstein through the Wachau Valley. Evening festival performance at the Siftkirche, Melk Abbey featuring The Tallis Scholars, Peter Philipps (direction) and Aurore Baal (organ): works by Bach, Gabrieli, Massaino, Byrd, Tavener, Tallis, Dachez and others.
Transfer to Vienna for visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Depart Vienna 1545, arriving Heathrow 1710.
28 May — 2 Jun 2020
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“A most enjoyable and varied week”
– ACE customer on a previous Melk Baroque Music Festival tour
FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
A good level of fitness is required for this tour, as it involves a moderate amount of walking, including uphill and over uneven ground and cobbles, to access sites including the abbey where performances take place. Participants must be prepared to navigate steps including at the hotel. Please note this tour will also feature a boat trip on the Danube from Melk to Dürnstein.
Own flight reduction: £150
Cost of £2295 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, one lunch, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £165.