As Milena Grenfell-Baines continues her 90th birthday celebrations join her in Prague for a unique visit to this glorious city and share her insight to the city she was forced to flee in 1939. She will be joined in Prague by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (who will perform the Ravel Concerto in G with the Prague Radio Orchestra) and the wonderful Canadian pianist Avan Yu who will perform our final recital. We will also attend the opening concert of the Smetanova Litomyšl Festival.
Thanks for your patience in wating for the final details of our visit in June of this year. All of the arrangements are now in place for what will be a very special visit to Prague and the Czech Republic in the company of Milena with Ken Grundy as Tour Manager.
We have thought a great deal about our hotel for this visit and have settled on the beautifully restored 5* art-deco gem Hotel Imperial situated just off Republik Square and 400 metres from the Powder Tower and Smetana Hall. The hotel opened in 1914 and enjoyed a glorious history until WWII. From 1948 - 1989 it was run by the Trade Union Association of the Communist Party for their 'preferential' clients. Between 2005 - 2007 it was completely restored to its original glory and we are sure you will be delighted with it. Pictured left is the hotel in 1989 (black & white) and the Imperial Cafe now. You can see a full selection of photographs of the hotel with this link:
Full buffet breakfast is served at the hotel each morning and five dinners & suppers with wines are included (so every evening except one) during our stay.
During our stay we will have three mornings of organised visits in Prague - our first to the Old Town; our second to the Castle and 'Lesser Town' and our third to the historic Jewish area of the city and the Jerusalem Synagogue. We will spend two days travelling outside of Prague with visits to three Unesco World Heritage gems of the country: the beautiful town of Telč on the border of Moravia & Bohemia; Kutná Hora with its historic Italian Court and Cathedral of St Barbara and finally the wonderfully restored town of Litomyšl, birthplace of Bedřich Smetana where we attend the opening Gala concert of this year's festival. The programme has just been published and the Slovac Philharmonic conducted by James Judd will be joined by baritone Adam Plachetka for a performance including:
Bedřich Smetana: Richard III, Op. 11, Symphonic Poem
Richard Wagner: Tannhäuser - Wolfram’s Song to the Evening Star
Giuseppe Verdi: La forza del destino / Overture
Don Carlo’s Aria from Act 3
Ľudovít Rajter: Bratislavský majáles, Ballet Suite
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93
**Extra Concert included** We have secured tickets for the Prague Symphony Orchestra in the beautiful setting of Smetana Hall for a performance of Antonín Dvořák's great cantata The Spectre's Bride which was commissioned in 1883 for the Birmingham Musical Festival!
Flight times from Manchester:
Sunday 7th June Manchester - Prague 1540 - 1855 Ryanair
Saturday 13th June Prague - Manchester 1650 - 1815 Ryanair
Flight times from Heathrow:
Sunday 7th June Heathrow T3 - Prague 0950 - 1255 British Airways
Saturday 13th June Prague - Heathrow T3 1345 - 1450 British Airways
Flight times from Gatwick:
Sunday 7th June Gatwick - Prague 0900 - 1200 Easyjet
Saturday 13th June Prague - Gatwick 1510 - 1620 Easyjet
Flight times from Luton:
Sunday 7th June Luton - Prague 1430 - 1725 Easyjet
Saturday 13th June Prague - Luton 1055 - 1150 Easyjet
Other airport available on request. If you prefer to make your own travel arrangements and meet us at the hotel then you can deduct £220.
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