This winter give yourself a February to look forward to with a four night stay at the 4* Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, a performance of Rossini's masterpiece Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Bryn Terfel as Don Basilio at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. On our first evening we head to the Royal Festival Hall to see Vasily Petrenko in action with the Royal Philharmonic. On Friday we spend the day at the Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music before heading to Mayfair for a private piano recital and special dinner at our favourite private London club.
We will also include a visit to spectacular Cezanne exhibition at Tate Modern and a visit to the Museum of the Royal College of Music. On Saturday evening and Sunday morning we have two concerts at Wigmore Hall with the Nash Ensemble before returning to the northwest on Sunday afternoon.
As we have done throughout 2022, we will travel with our own coach and driver and use this coach for all transfers in London. We believe this gives us the best covid-secure enviroment for all of our guests.
You can watch the Royal Opera House trailer from their 2014 performance here:
please note that Joyce di Donato is not singing in the 2023 revival.The role of Rosina will be sung by mezzo soprano Aigul Akhmetshina while Bryn Terfel will sing her ageing suitor Don Basilio and the young Polish baritone Andrzej Filończyk will sing Figaro.
The programme for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concert is as follows:
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet (excerpts)
Ravel Piano Concerto in G
Wagner Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
Scriabin The Poem of Ecstasy
Vasily Petrenko Conductor
Javier Perianes Piano
The concerts at Wigmore Hall feature this season's 'Ensemble in Residence' the Nash Ensemble with two terrific concerts:
On Saturday night - musicians Simon Crawford-Phillips piano, Richard Hosford clarinet, Benjamin Nabarro violin, Jonathan Stone violin, Lawrence Power viola & Adrian Brendel cello perform:
Prokofiev - Overture on Hebrew Themes Op. 34
Felix Mendelssohn - Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor Op. 49
Beethoven - String Quartet No. 8 in E minor Op. 59 No. 2 'Razumovsky'
We will have a light supper at Wigmore Hall following the performance.
On Sunday morning, before we head back north, we attend the 1130am concert when the musicians from Saturday evening are joined by Rachel Roberts (viola) and Gemma Rosenfield (cello) for:
Beethoven - String Quintet in C Op. 29
Tchaikovsky - Souvenir de Florence Op. 70
The 4* Holiday Inn Bloomsbury has a wonderful location just off Russell Square, adjacent to the Brunswick Centre and bohemian Marchmont Street. Full breakfast buffet is served each morning.
Royal Opera House seating
Included - centre stalls Row U & V; side stalls Rows N & O (£131 ticket price level)
Stalls Circle Row B +£37
Centre Stalls Row F and Stalls Circle Row A +£74
Full Payment for this tour is due at the time of Booking