Chamber Music Holidays and Festivals 2013
Our first Chamber Music Holiday for this year was in Istanbul in March. It was an outstanding success with a compatible group of people, all of whom had been on previous Holidays. Our hotel, right next to the Blue Mosque, was very popular and our personal guide was excellent, and of course Istanbul must be one of the most interesting cities in the world. The concerts were wonderful, the performance of the Whirling Dervishes was fascinating and we had interesting and delicious meals.
Budapest - 29 May to 7 June
This is a stunningly beautiful city and in Spring it is at its best. Our accommodation is in a great location in the Castle District. It will be a busy time playing and listening to chamber music, with concerts, opera, wonderful sightseeing in this fascinating city and a sociable nine days including gourmet meals. The intensive coaching by the world famous Martinu Quartet from Prague is a big attraction as they play in the groups they coach. Due to a cancellation there is still a place left for one violinist. Please contact us for details.
Vienna - 19 to 29 August
The highlights of this wonderful Holiday last year included the superb Aron Quartet Chamber Music Festival in the magnificent Schloss Laudon, a Baroque moated castle on the edge of the Vienna Woods. The eighth Festival in 2013 is certainly something to look forward to with five concerts by the outstanding Aron Quartet and guests including pianist Philippe Entremont. The coaching sessions with this world famous Quartet are inspiring. In the daily scheduled playing sessions we shall again be joined by Viennese amateur players which makes it very special. Several string players, one wind player and some listeners have already booked and there are still places available. We visit the homes of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven which are mines of information and we have guided tours of the State Opera House and Schloss Schonbrunn as well as other sightseeing in this superb city. The Vienna Film Festival with films of Operas, Operettas and Concerts was a great attraction last year and we look forward to seeing the programme for this year in May, we shall certainly attend several evenings. Our delightful hotel is in the middle of the historic Inner City, a perfect location. The Vienna Holiday is ideal for listeners as well as players to enjoy a most stimulating and sociable Holiday with like minded people.
Corfu - 11 to 20 September
This spectacularly beautiful, historic and cultured Greek island is at its best in September. We again offer three days on the Greek mainland and Albania after the nine days full of music. The world famous Czech Martinu Quartet will be joined by violist Jiri Zigmund (Wihan Quartet) for intensive coaching where each group has one of the coaches playing in and coaching for twenty hours over eight days. On four evenings they will play with groups including the Mendelssohn octet and some sextets. This will keep players very busy but exhilarated! The Quartet (and Quintet) will also play two concerts in spectacular locations. I am delighted that a number of people already booked several months in advance. Almost four groups have already been allocated and we can take only one or two more groups only, so do make a reservation as soon as possible. Already allocated for coaching are the Mozart viola quintets in g minor and c major and other string quintets including Dvorak, string quartets by Haydn, Beethoven and Dvorak and the Brahms and Mozart clarinet quintets. The coaching groups will play together for 10 hours then change to another group. Early bookings give you the advantage to choose what you would like to play for the coaching sessions. Listeners of course are most welcome and find attending some of the coaching fascinating as well as having time to explore parts of the island and especially historic Corfu Town. Our accommodation in a delightful beachside apartment complex is ideal for playing and a wonderful place to relax. Sightseeing in different places of this varied island and meals in local and charming restaurants with barbeques and parties in a private villa will be highlights.
This very exciting year has attracted many bookings already. Several new people, including some from countries not previously represented, have already booked. As usual we have long standing friends who have been with us on several Holidays already, some from the 1980s! I really appreciate so many people keeping in touch and also recommending us to their friends. Do send this Newsletter to your musical contacts or send me their email addresses so I can contact them. Please email me if you have any queries.
I wish you a wonderful musical Spring and I hope to see you later this year.
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