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Intro | Opera & Theatre in London & The English Countryside


Opera & Theatre in London & The English Countryside

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Intro | Opera & Theatre in London & The English Countryside


Opera & Theatre in London & The English Countryside


OPERA & THEATRE IN LONDON & THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE

10–23 JUNE 2017 | EXCLUSIVE EVENTS, FOUR OPERA & TWO THEATRE PERFORMANCES & A PRIVATE RECITAL

Take a journey with us from the sublime summer opera festivals of Glyndebourne, Garsington and Grange Park set in picture-perfect English Countryside, and the iconic Royal Opera House in London, to world-class theatre performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon and at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on the banks of the River Thames.

$9990 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit $600 per person
Single supplement: $1850
Final payment due: 7 April 2017

WAITLIST

tour leader

elizabeth hayllar

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Overview | Opera & Theatre in London & The English Countryside


Overview

Overview | Opera & Theatre in London & The English Countryside


Overview

OVERVIEW

  • Premium seats to Brett Dean's Hamlet at the internationally renowned Glyndebourne Festival Opera and a sumptuous dinner during the long interval.

  • Premium seats to Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at Garsington Opera, an opera festival set in a country estate of extraordinary beauty, and a special dinner during the long interval.

  • Premium seats to Puccini's Tosca at Grange Park Opera at their beautiful new home in West Horsley Estate, and a three-course dinner during the long interval.

  • Premium seats to Verdi's La Traviata at the iconic Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

  • Premium seats to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar by the celebrated Royal Shakespeare Company in picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon.

  • Premium seats to Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, preceded by dinner at The Swan, the theatre’s Thames-side restaurant.

  • An exclusive private opera recital with Joshua Bloom, who we will hear perform the role of Figaro in Garsington Opera’s production of The Marriage of Figaro in the beautiful acoustic of the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building in St Hilda's College, Oxford.

  • Attendance at Evensong in King’s College Chapel with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge.

  • Lunch with the Choir’s Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury

  • The rare opportunity to sit in on a closed rehearsal for the Choir of King's College, Cambridge.

  • Dinner at Hall’s Croft, home of Shakespeare’s daughter, Suzanna, in Stratford-upon-Avon, accompanied by a talk about Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. 

  • Background talks by Elizabeth Hayllar.

  • Travel in a small group. A maximum of 20 people will be confirmed on this exclusive tour.

tour leader

Elizabeth Hayllar has enjoyed an international career working and touring with the world’s greatest orchestras and artists, collaborating with renowned opera houses and festivals. Drawing on her vast experience she crafts expertly planned tours which provide guests with unique and unforgettable experiences of classical music as well as rich encounters with history, art, architecture and culture. Elizabeth is also a presenter on Fine Music 102.5.

10–23 JUNE 2017

$9990 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit $600 per person
Single supplement: $1850

Final payment due: 7 April 2017

WAITLIST

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Itinerary | Opera & Theatre in London & The English Countryside


Itinerary

Itinerary | Opera & Theatre in London & The English Countryside


Itinerary

ITINERARY

DAY 1 | SATURDAY 10 JUNE 2017

1ST OF 2 NIGHTS AT DOUBLETREE BY HILTON, CAMBRIDGE

LONDON TO CAMBRIDGE:

We meet in the morning at our London hotel, The Montague on the Gardens, and travel by private coach from London to Cambridge. We check into our charmingly situated hotel on the banks of the Cam River. The early afternoon is free. You can stroll to the town centre which is nearby, or stroll along the banks of the river. Or, you may like to visit the university’s famous Fitzwilliam Museum with its rich collection of antiquities, applied arts, illuminated manuscripts and paintings by such artists as Constable, Hogarth and Gainsborough. In the early evening we are privileged to attend a special event, a private dinner at King’s College, Cambridge, with Stephen Cleobury, Director of Music for the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.

DAY 2 | SUNDAY 11 JUNE 2017

2ND OF 2 NIGHTS AT DOUBLETREE BY HILTON, CAMBRIDGE

CAMBRIDGE:

This morning we experience a punting trip on the River Cam, with views of the Backs and waterways of Cambridge. This is followed by a walking tour of Cambridge with its ancient colleges, chapels and pathways. We then have the rare opportunity of sitting in on a closed rehearsal of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge in King’s College Chapel. In the afternoon we attend Evensong performed by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, conducted by Stephen Cleobury.

DAY 3 | MONDAY 12 JUNE 2017

1ST OF 3 NIGHTS AT THE ARDEN HOTEL, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

CAMBRIDGE TO STRATFORD-UPON-AVON:

This morning we depart Cambridge and travel towards Stratford-upon-Avon, stopping on the way at the National Trust property of Upton House, with its internationally important art and porcelain collections, and its beautiful, extensive gardens. From Upton House we proceed to Stratford-upon-Avon where we settle into the Arden Hotel, located in the heart of this historic town, close by the Avon River. The evening is free to rest or to stroll through Stratford-upon-Avon. You might like to take a short walk to the nearby Church of the Holy Trinity along paths and gardens that border the Avon River. The church is Stratford-upon-Avon’s oldest building and England's most visited parish church because of its beauty and striking position on the banks of the river, and because it is the church where William Shakespeare was baptised and buried.

DAY 4 | TUESDAY 13 JUNE 2017

2ND OF 3 NIGHTS AT THE ARDEN HOTEL, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON:

This morning we are introduced to our Shakespearean experience with a visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace. This is followed by a trip up the RSC Tower to enjoy views across scenic Stratford-upon-Avon, with its historic town centre and the River Avon winding through it. We then travel to Shottery to visit the historic cottage that was the home of Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway. We are given an introduction to the cottage and have the opportunity to wander in its beautiful gardens. In the evening we hear a talk exploring the literary and historical context and the performance history of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, which we will be attending the following evening. The talk is given while we are having dinner at Hall’s Croft, home of Shakespeare’s daughter, Suzanna and her husband Dr John Hall. 

DAY 5 | WEDNESDAY 14 JUNE 2017

3RD OF 3 NIGHTS AT THE ARDEN HOTEL, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

THE COTSWOLDS AND STRATFORD-UPON-AVON:

This morning we visit a charming selection of picturesque Cotswold villages including Lower Slaughter, Chipping Camden, and Bibury, where we see the famous and beautiful Arlington Row. In the early afternoon, we return to Stratford-upon-Avon where there is time to explore the town or to relax before the evening’s performance. In the evening we attend a performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar by the celebrated Royal Shakespeare Company.

DAY 6 | THURSDAY 15 JUNE 2017

1ST OF 3 NIGHTS AT VANBRUGH HOUSE HOTEL, OXFORD

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON TO OXFORD:

This morning we travel from Stratford-upon-Avon to Oxford and check in at the charming Vanbrugh House Hotel, located in the centre of Oxford. In the late afternoon our Tour Leader, Elizabeth Hayllar, gives a talk about the performance we will hear at Garsington Opera on Saturday evening. The talk is followed by an exclusive private opera recital with bass, Joshua Bloom and pianist, Chris Hopkins in the beautiful acoustic of the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building in St Hilda's College, Oxford. On Saturday evening we will hear Joshua Bloom again, this time performing the lead role of Figaro in Garsington Opera’s production of The Marriage of Figaro. Following the private recital we enjoy drinks and the opportunity to talk with the performers.

DAY 7 | FRIDAY 16 JUNE 2017

2ND OF 3 NIGHTS AT VANBRUGH HOUSE HOTEL, OXFORD

OXFORD:

In the morning we travel to Blenheim Palace, home of Winston Churchill’s forebears, where a guided tour of the Palace reveals not only sumptuous reception halls and splendid private quarters, but also the history of this eminent family. Following our guided tour we indulge in a champagne lunch in the Indian Room at Blenheim Palace. Following lunch there is time to wander over the sweeping lawns and through the award-winning formal gardens of the Palace. In the late afternoon we return to Oxford. In the early evening there is an option to attend an additional performance at Garsington Opera of Claude Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande. 

DAY 8 | SATURDAY 17 JUNE 2017

3RD OF 3 NIGHTS AT VANBRUGH HOUSE HOTEL, OXFORD

OXFORD:

This morning we go on a walking tour of Oxford, visiting some of the historic halls and courtyards, and enjoying views of the clustered spires of this ancient seat of learning. In the afternoon we travel to spectacular Wormsley Estate, an 18th century country house nestled in the rolling, green Chiltern Hills. We have time to enjoy the landscaped grounds and to visit the 18th-century Walled Garden before attending a performance of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro at Garsington Opera. We enjoy a gourmet three-course dinner during the extended interval. After the opera we return to Oxford.

DAY 9 | SUNDAY 18 JUNE 2017

1ST OF 5 NIGHTS AT THE MONTAGUE ON THE GARDENS, LONDON

OXFORD TO LONDON:

This morning we travel to London and check into The Montague on the Gardens, a boutique Georgian townhouse in elegant Bloomsbury. The Montague is a peaceful hideaway in the heart of the city. Just steps from the British Museum the hotel offers exceptional service. The afternoon is free and in the early evening we travel to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre where we have dinner at The Swan, the theatre’s Thames-side restaurant. We then attend a production of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet at Shakespeare’s Globe, the spectacular re-creation of the theatre where many of Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed. 

DAY 10 | MONDAY 19 JUNE 2017

2ND OF 5 NIGHTS AT THE MONTAGUE ON THE GARDENS, LONDON

LONDON:

This morning we visit the beautiful mansion of Hertford House and take a guided tour of the art treasures in its Wallace Collection, which contains unsurpassed displays of French 18th-century painting, furniture and porcelain, and superb Old Master paintings. We then travel to the home of George Frederic Handel in Mayfair, where we experience an exclusive solo harpsichord recital in the intimate Rehearsal & Performance Room where Handel himself once entertained his guests.

DAY 11 | TUESDAY 20 JUNE 2017

3RD OF 5 NIGHTS AT THE MONTAGUE ON THE GARDENS, LONDON

LONDON:

In the morning we enjoy a talk by Elizabeth Hayllar on the evening’s opera. We then experience a backstage tour of the renowned Royal Opera House Covent Garden, including an introduction to the theatre’s intriguing past and a look at features of current productions. In the evening we attend a performance of Verdi's La Traviata at the iconic Royal Opera House.

DAY 12 | WEDNESDAY 21 JUNE 2017

4TH OF 5 NIGHTS AT THE MONTAGUE ON THE GARDENS, LONDON

EXCURSION TO GLYNDEBOURNE:

Our day begins with an talk by Elizabeth Hayllar on the evening’s opera. In the early afternoon we travel to Glyndebourne Estate, delightfully situated in the pastoral surroundings of the Sussex South Downs. In 1953 Vita Sackville West wrote of Glyndebourne: “The graciousness of civilization here surely touches a peak where the arts of music, architecture and gardening combine for the delight of man.” We have time to stroll through the impressive grounds before attending a performance of Brett Dean's Hamlet directed by Neil Armfield with Allan Clayton performing the role of Hamlet and with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. This opera has been commissioned by Glyndebourne Festival for their 2017 Festival. During the extended interval we enjoy a three-course fine dining menu. Following the performance we return to our London hotel.

DAY 13 | THURSDAY 22 JUNE 2017 

5TH OF 5 NIGHTS AT THE MONTAGUE ON THE GARDENS, LONDON

EXCURSION TO GRANGE PARK OPERA:

In the morning after breakfast Elizabeth Hayllar prepares us for the performance we will hear at Grange Park Opera this evening. In the early afternoon we travel to Grange Park Opera’s beautiful new home in a former country retreat, nestled in woodland on a 400-acre estate at West Horsley Place, in Surrey. There is time to explore the beautiful woodlands before attending a performance of Puccini's Tosca. Dinner this evening is a gourmet three-course meal during the extended interval, and afterwards we return to our London hotel.

DAY 14 | FRIDAY 23 JUNE 2017

Following our final buffet breakfast at the hotel, our tour concludes.

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Inclusions | Opera & Theatre in London & The English Countryside


Inclusions

Inclusions | Opera & Theatre in London & The English Countryside


Inclusions

INCLUSIONS

10–23 JUNE 2017

$9990 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit $600 per person
Single supplement: $1850

INCLUSIONS:

  • Performances: Premium tickets for performances at the following venues and opera festivals - Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Garsington Opera, Grange Park Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Attendance at an exclusive private recital and reserved seating for Evensong in King’s College, Cambridge.
    Please note: Group bookings for the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival Opera season will be confirmed in early March 2017. The venues and festivals will announce their 2017 seasons in late 2016 and early 2017. There may be some changes to the itinerary depending on final confirmation of evening performances. 

  • Tour Leader and Talks:
    - Tour leadership and background talks on the operas we attend by Elizabeth Hayllar.
    - Lunch and the opportunity to talk with Stephen Cleobury.
    - A background talk by a Shakespearean expert in Stratford-upon-Avon.  

  • Hotels: 13 nights' accommodation in four-star hotels including:
    - two nights at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cambridge
    - three nights at The Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon
    - three nights at Vanbrugh House Hotel, Oxford
    - five nights at The Montague on the Gardens 
    Porterage of one piece of luggage at each hotel.

  • Travel: Land travel by private air-conditioned coach.

  • Meals/Drinks: Full buffet breakfast each morning. Two lunches and five dinners, wine with each meal. Drinks following the private recital. 

  • Entry Fees and Guided Tours: Entrance fees for museums, art galleries etc as stated in your itinerary. Expert local guides at some sites. 

  • Tips: Tips for drivers, local guides and for meals included in your itinerary.

  • Information Pack: Comprehensive pre-tour information pack.

EXCLUSIONS:

  • International/Domestic Travel: Hayllar Music Tours can provide you with a quote. Phone +61 (0) 2 8091 2545 or email contact@hayllarmusictours.com

  • Airport Transfers: Transfers to/from airports and hotels at the beginning and end of tours. These can be arranged at an additional cost. 

  • Special Taxes: Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will endeavour to advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart.

  • Visas: Costs associated with obtaining visas for countries visited on your tour. Please note that Australian and New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa to enter the United Kingdom. 

  • Travel Insurance: Please note that you are required to have comprehensive travel insurance to cover you for the duration of your tour. Hayllar Music Tours can organise your travel insurance for you. Please contact us at phone +61 (0) 2 8091 2545 or email contact@hayllarmusictours.com 

  • Meals: Lunches and dinners not nominated in your itinerary.

  • Personal Expenses: Personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls and mini-bar.

  • Activities in Free Time: Costs associated with any activities suggested for you in your free time.

SMALL GROUP SIZE

The tour will operate with 8 people. The maximum number on the tour will be 20 people.

FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED - LEVEL 1

All members of the group must feel comfortable walking for 1–2 hours, standing for long periods of time in museums, art galleries etc and embarking/disembarking coaches.

BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

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