Valletta International Baroque Festival
15 Jan — 21 Jan 2021 | Tour Director: Ashley Solomon
• Bask in the superb playing of artists including harpsichordists Steven Devine and Mahan Esfahani and early music ensembles Les Passions de L’Ame and Combattimento Consort Amsterdam
• Join the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for Handel’s Apollo & Daphne
• Delve into Malta’s fascinating history with a visit to the island of Gozo, inhabited for thousands of years
Chair and Head of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music and Director of Florilegium
Depart London Heathrow 1125 on Air Malta, arriving Malta 1535. Transfer to the Phoenicia Hotel for six nights. Welcome and introduction followed by evening festival performance featuring Les Passions de L’Ame: Bach Four Orchestral Suites, BWV 1066-1069.
Whole day ferry excursion to island of Gozo: prehistoric temple of Ggantija, Dwejra Bay (Fungus Rock of the Knights), Victoria and St John’s Basilica.
Morning lecture followed by late morning festival performance featuring Steven Devine (harpsichord): works by Rameau. Afternoon visit to Palace of the Grand Masters (Palace Armoury and State Rooms). Evening festival performance featuring Combattimento Consort Amsterdam with Claudia Patacca (soprano): ‘Lust and love’ – programme to be announced.
Rabat for Domus Romana Museum (mosaics) and St Paul’s Catacombs. Afternoon: Mdina for cathedral and museum. Evening festival performance featuring Steven Devine (moog synthesizer): ‘Switched on Bach, Bach to the 70s’ – programme to be announced.
Morning lecture followed by visit to Co-Cathedral of St John and Oratory (important masterpieces by Mattia Preti and Caravaggio). Lunchtime festival performance featuring Isang Enders (cello) and Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord): works by the Bach family, Marais, Dowland and others. Afternoon visit to Casa Rocca Piccola.
Morning lecture followed by visits in Valletta – ‘The Three Cities’ tour. Evening festival performance featuring the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment: Handel Apollo & Daphne, HWV 122.
Illustrated morning lecture: The Baroque Flute – its History, Development and Repertoire. Some free time. Depart Malta 1655, arriving London Heathrow 1925.
15 Jan — 21 Jan 2021
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"Ashley Solomon was the perfect musicologist for this tour"
“This was an extremely well organised and interesting holiday, combining great music with highly informative lectures and visits to many historic sites… The Phoenicia Hotel was excellent, with beautiful guest and public rooms, excellent cuisine and very friendly and helpful staff”
"The knowledge and enthusiasm of Professor Solomon enabled the participants to make the most of an excellent festival"
ACE customers on the 2020 Valletta International Baroque Festival tour
This tour involves extensive walking within Valletta and during our excursions to Mdina and Gozo. Participants should be comfortable walking over uneven ground and have a good overall level of fitness.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £150.
Cost of £2295 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a superior twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, one lunch, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, superior double room for single use supplement £280.