We have enjoyed several tours with Lingua Musica, each one different and offering a diverse, sparkling mix of superb music in wonderful venues; plus exciting side excursions into art, architecture and history. It is also a great pleasure and reward to travel and share with like minded people". Peter Budd, South Murwillambah, NSW, Australia
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We have designed and escorted Music Art tours to Europe for over twenty years. Here are just some of those ...
'IMMORTAL BELOVED'? Yes! There IS a connection! Our tour commenced in LONDON and then to the colourful and delightful "small city" of LJUBLJANA, always a great favourite of Lingua Musica participants over many years. 2012 saw the 60th birthday of Ljubljana's renowned annual Summer Music Festival and we were privileged participants. We also visited the nearby MARIBOR FESTIVAL where Richard Tognetti has been Director of this forward-looking festival for the past five years. VIENNA was prominent in our tour arrangements ... it is after all the city and surrounds most associated with our great figure of the Enlightenment. We also visited PRAGUE and the nearby spa,TEPLICE, both of which have intriguing connections with Beethoven. Our final destination was BONN, where we attended three concerts of the famous BEETHOVENFEST. More
CELEBRATING THE FRANZ LISZT ANNIVERSARY 2011 Commencing in Vienna, this tour followed in Liszt's footsteps, firstly to Budapest in Eastern Europe, followed by Leipzig, Weimar, Sacile and Venice, eventually concluding in Rome. Highlights included a lecture and performance at the Fazioli Piano Factory, Sacile and in-depth talks by our guest escort, Ruth Nye, MBE, FRCM. More
ANNIVERSARIES AND MORE 1991 was a memorable year in that there were many significant anniversaries, including those of Chopin, Goethe, Schiller, Strauss 2. 1991 was also the 80th birthday of the Weimar Republic, the 80th anniversary of the famous Bauhaus School and the 10th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.Our 1991 tour, lasting 24 days,celebrated these anniversaries in Poland, Weimar, Leipzig, Paris, Nohant, Gstaad (of Yehudi Menuhin fame) and Vienna. A special highlight of our wealth of music performances was the first ever collaboration (since WW2) of the Israel Philharmonic and German Orchestras and Choirs, under the Direction of Zubin Mehta, in the purpose built stadium just outside Weimar near Buchenwald.
A NORTH /SOUTH ODYSSEY From the waterways of Sweden, the mountains and fjords of Norway, the adventure of an overnight crossing, Berlin,The German Romantic Way, the grandeur of the Austrian Tyrol and Salzkammergut, and the canals and mysteries of Venice and other Italian wonders, this tour was a continuing feast of opera, chamber music , great soloists , art and architecture. Our North / South Odyssey tour commenced in Stockholm and concluded in Rome.
SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL EUROPEAN JEWELS Festivals and other great performances included in this magical tour of Dubrovnik, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Eisenstadt, Vienna, Cesky Krumlov and Prague. So much great music in superb music venues (including monasteries, palaces) and many excursions from the above cities during this 23 day tour. The Dubrovnik and Haydn Festivals were memorable.
GREAT EUROPEAN HOUSES OF MUSIC This 25 day tour was repeated , with slight variations, twice. The accent was on the experiences within major music venues of Europe and their histories, conductors, directors over the years, and of course the music performed. Memorable performances in the Vienna Opera House, the Musikverein, Prague State Theatre, Paris Opera, Salle Pleyel, Theatre de Champs Elysees, Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow), Mariinsky in St Petersburg, the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Concertgabou, to name just a few.
SUMMER FESTIVALS PLUS This tour of 18 days included major music festivals in Luzern and Gstaad as well as other marvellous performances and excursions ... Geneva, Montreux, Interlaken, Paris, magical Swiss mountain journeys where the wondrous scenery was breathtaking , always music of the highest order, with great food and wine too.
MUSIC, MAGIC, MOUNTAINS and MORE Commencing in Copenhagen, this remarkable 21 day journey of history, art and music journeyed through Oslo, Bergen ( naturally with Grieg inclusions ) Dublin, Cork, London and Vienna. Cork was the chosen Cultural Capital of Europe this year and who could ever forget Emma Kirkby there ? Superb music as well as great theatre in both Dublin and London and Covent Garden too. A great tour indeed.
A FEAST OF WINE AND MUSIC This tour of 21 days commenced in wondrous Ljubljana with marvellous music, architecture and history, and these themes continued through Venice ( reached via a cruise from Slovenia), the Cote d’Azur, Baden-Baden ( what a glorious place and Sir Simon Rattle too!). Then from Strasbourg and the marvellous Route des Vins, our wine expert, Christopher Barnes AM, took over and after memorable visits to important Alsace vineyards, our home became the romantic and luxurious Chateau de Gilly in Burgundy. Forays to many interesting Burgundian locations including Beaune, Clos Vougeot, Dijon ...an historical heritage which is famously rich. The tour finished with a few days of great music and art in Paris.
A FRENCH / ITALIAN RHAPSODY Great Music, great experiences, in Paris, Provence, Cote d’Azur, Italian Lakes District, Tuscanny, Rome and concluding with a marvellous week in Sicily with our local Sicilian guide. This was a very popular tour. Our 27 days finished after opera and all the experiences of the ancient and modern city of Rome.