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Opera in the English Countryside - Glyndebourne, Garsington & Grange Park | Hayllar Music Tours


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Opera in the English Countryside - Glyndebourne, Garsington & Grange Park | Hayllar Music Tours


Opera in the English Countryside - Glyndebourne, Garsington & Grange Park


Opera in the English Countryside - GLYNDEBOURNE, GARSINGTON & GRANGE PARK OPERA

8–21 JUNE 2019 (14 DAYS) | 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 Opera 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.

"It was a privilege to be a participant of ‘Opera & Theatre in London and the English Countryside’ during June this year. Hayllar Music Tours provide a first class experience with their choice of performances, venues, accommodation plus meals and transport. Liz couldn't be more helpful or organised and made each of us feel very welcome and gave us a most memorable experience. I will be looking forward to joining another Hayllar tour! Highly recommend!"                             Margaret, Opera & Theatre in London & the English Countryside, June 2017

AUD$10,390 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$2,100

Final payment due: 5 April 2019

places available

Tour Leader Elizabeth Hayllar

tour leader

Elizabeth Hayllar

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Overview | Opera in the English Countryside - Glyndebourne, Garsington & Grange Park


Overview

Overview | Opera in the English Countryside - Glyndebourne, Garsington & Grange Park


Overview

performances

  • A performance at the internationally renowned Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

  • A performance at Garsington Opera, an opera festival set in a country estate of extraordinary beauty.

  • A performance by Grange Park Opera at their home in West Horsley Estate.

  • A performance at the iconic Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

  • A performance by the celebrated Royal Shakespeare Company in picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon.

  • A performance at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the spectacular re-creation of the original Globe on the banks of the River Thames.

  • Attendance at Evensong in King's College Chapel with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge and their Director of Music Stephen Cleobury. Celebrate Stephen Cleobury’s final year as Director of Music of this world renowned Choir.

OVERVIEW

  • Premium seats to opera performances at Glyndebourne Festival OperaGarsington OperaGrange Park Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

  • Sumptuous dinners during the extended intervals at Glyndebourne Festival OperaGarsington Opera and Grange Park Opera.

  • A private opera recital in one of Cambridge’s beautiful Colleges followed by drinks with the artists.

  • Premium seats to a performance by the celebrated Royal Shakespeare Company in picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon.

  • A production at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, the spectacular re-creation of the original Globe on the banks of the River Thames, preceded by dinner at The Swan, the theatre’s Thames-side restaurant.

  • Dinner at Hall’s Croft, home of Shakespeare’s daughter, Suzanna, in Stratford-upon-Avon, accompanied by a talk about the play we will attend the following evening. 

  • Attendance at Evensong in King’s College Chapeldinner with the Choir’s Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury, and the rare opportunity to sit in on a closed rehearsal for the Choir of King's College, Cambridge.

  • Travel in a small group (maximum 20 people), attend exclusive events, stay in luxurious hotels, travel by private coach and enjoy fine dining.

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.

Hotels

Doubletree by Hilton, Cambridge

Overlooking the picturesque River Cam, this sophisticated hotel is adjacent to the University of Cambridge campus and a 15-minute walk from the Cambridge University Botanic Garden.

The Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

The Arden Hotel is a sophisticated and contemporary boutique hotel located in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon, directly opposite the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company Theatres.

Malmaison, Oxford

This converted Victorian prison is now a stunning boutique hotel offering unique luxury accommodation in historic Oxford. Stylish rooms, fabulous original architecture, a divine brasserie and 2 bars come together at Malmaison Oxford.

The Montague on the Gardens, london

A boutique Georgian townhouse in elegant Bloomsbury, just steps from the British Museum. The Montague is a peaceful hideaway in the heart of the city.

8–21 JUNE 2019 (14 DAYS)

AUD$10,390 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$2,100

Final payment due: 5 April 2019

PLACES AVAILABLE

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Itinerary | Opera in the English Countryside - Glyndebourne, Garsington & Grange Park


Itinerary

Itinerary | Opera in the English Countryside - Glyndebourne, Garsington & Grange Park


Itinerary

ITINERARY

DAY 1 | SATURDAY 8 JUNE 2019

1ST OF 3 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. On arrival we check into our charmingly situated hotel on the banks of the Cam River. The early afternoon is free. You could stroll to the town centre which is nearby, or stroll along the banks of the river. In the late afternoon we have a guided tour of King’s College, Cambridge and we are then 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. We will celebrate Stephen Cleobury’s final year as Director of Music for the Choir.

DAY 2 | SUNDAY 9 JUNE 2019

2ND OF 3 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 10 JUNE 2019

3RD OF 3 NIGHTS AT DOUBLETREE BY HILTON, CAMBRIDGE

CAMBRIDGE:

This morning is free to explore Cambridge. You may like to visit the university’s famous Fitzwilliam Museum, with its rich collection including antiquities, applied arts, illuminated manuscripts, and paintings by such artists as Constable, Hogarth and Gainsborough.

This afternoon we enjoy a private opera recital arranged exclusively for guests on the tour. The recital will take place in one of Cambridge’s beautiful Colleges. Following the recital we have drinks and canapés and the opportunity to talk with the performers. 

DAY 4 | TUESDAY 11 JUNE 2019

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

CAMBRIDGE TO STRATFORD-UPON-AVON:

This morning we depart from Cambridge and travel towards Stratford-upon-Avon, stopping on the way at the National Trust property of Upton House. We enjoy a private guided tour of Upton House. Time is then allowed to further explore 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 the town. 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. In a striking position on the banks of the river, the church is Stratford-upon-Avon’s oldest building and England's most visited parish church because of its beauty and situation, and because it is the church where William Shakespeare was baptised and buried.

DAY 5 | WEDNESDAY 12 JUNE 2019

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 the play we will be attending a performance of 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 6 | THURSDAY 13 JUNE 2019

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

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON:

This morning we will travel to a National Trust property, the delightful moated Tudor manor house of Baddesley Clinton and its charming gardens. In the 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 by the celebrated Royal Shakespeare Company.

DAY 7 | FRIDAY 14 JUNE 2019

1ST OF 2 NIGHTS AT MALMAISON OXFORD

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON TO OXFORD:

This morning we travel from Stratford-upon-Avon to Blenheim Palace, home of Winston Churchill’s forebears, where we have a private guided tour of the Palace which reveals not only the sumptuous reception halls and the splendid private quarters, but also the history of this eminent family. 

Following our guided tour we have a champagne lunch in the Orangery Restaurant at Blenheim Palace. Following lunch there is time allowed to wander over the sweeping lawns and through the award-winning formal gardens. In the afternoon we continue onto Oxford and check into our hotel located in the centre of Oxford.

DAY 8 | SATURDAY 15 JUNE 2019

2ND OF 2 NIGHTS AT MALMAISON 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 early afternoon there is a talk by Elizabeth Hayllar on the evening’s opera. In the afternoon we travel to spectacular Wormsley Estate where the 18th-century country house nestles 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 at Garsington Opera. We have a gourmet three-course dinner during the extended interval. After the opera we return to Oxford.

DAY 9 | SUNDAY 16 JUNE 2019

1ST OF 5 NIGHTS AT THE MONTAGUE ON THE GARDENS

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. In the afternoon we visit the beautiful mansion of Hertford House, where we take a guided tour of the art treasures in the Wallace Collection with its unsurpassed displays of French 18th-century painting, furniture and porcelain and its superb Old Master paintings.

DAY 10 | MONDAY 17 JUNE 2019

2ND OF 5 NIGHTS AT THE MONTAGUE ON THE GARDENS

LONDON:

This morning is free to relax or to explore London. In the late afternoon 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 at Shakespeare’s Globe, the spectacular re-creation of the theatre where many of Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed. 

DAY 11 | TUESDAY 18 JUNE 2019

3RD OF 5 NIGHTS AT THE MONTAGUE ON THE GARDENS

LONDON:

This morning there is a talk by Elizabeth Hayllar on this evening’s Opera. We then travel to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and experience a backstage tour of this renowned venue. In the evening we attend a performance at the iconic Royal Opera House. 

DAY 12 | WEDNESDAY 19 JUNE 2019

4TH OF 5 NIGHTS AT THE MONTAGUE ON THE GARDENS

LONDON:

In morning there is a talk by Elizabeth Hayllar on the performance we will hear at Grange Park Opera in the evening. Then in the early afternoon we travel to Grange Park Opera’s beautiful 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 by Grange Park Opera. We have a gourmet three-course dinner during the extended interval, and afterwards return to our London hotel.

DAY 13 | THURSDAY 20 JUNE 2019

5TH OF 5 NIGHTS AT THE MONTAGUE ON THE GARDENS

EXCURSION TO GLYNDEBOURNE:

In the morning there is a 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 are given time to stroll through the impressive grounds before attending a performance by the internationally renowned Glyndebourne Festival. During the extended interval we enjoy a three-course fine dining menu. Following the performance we return to our London hotel.

DAY 14 | FRIDAY 21 JUNE 2019

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

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Inclusions | Opera in the English Countryside - Glyndebourne, Garsington & Grange Park


Inclusions

Inclusions | Opera in the English Countryside - Glyndebourne, Garsington & Grange Park


Inclusions

INCLUSIONS

8–21 JUNE 2019 (14 DAYS)

AUD$10,390 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$2,100

Final payment due: 5 April 2019

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 in Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. Attendance at an exclusive private recital and reserved seating for Evensong in King’s College, Cambridge.
    Please note: The venues and festivals will announce their 2019 seasons in late 2018 and early 2019. 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:
    - three nights at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cambridge
    - three nights at The Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon
    - two nights at Malmaison, Oxford
    - five nights at The Montague on the Gardens, London  
    - Porterage of one piece of luggage at each hotel.

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

  • Meals/Drinks: Full buffet breakfast each morning. One lunches and six 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 will be used 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 them 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

Please note that booking terms and conditions apply. Click here for the booking terms and conditions.

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OPERA IN THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE - GLYNDEBOURNE, GARSINGTON & GRANGE PARK

DEPOSIT ONLY | AUD$600 PER PERSON

8–21 JUNE 2019 (14 DAYS) | EXCLUSIVE EVENTS, FOUR OPERA & TWO THEATRE PERFORMANCES & A PRIVATE RECITAL

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