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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

6–19 JUNE 2020 (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 set in picture-perfect English countryside, to the iconic Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and Evensong with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Also enjoy world-class theatre performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.

"Liz is an outstanding Tour Leader. Her knowledge and generous sharing of her wide and deep musical knowledge is a delightful bonus. Her careful attention to detail ensures absolutely everything runs smoothly and guests simply relax into pampered enjoyment for the length of the tour. She goes above and beyond customer service with her delightful assistance in finding places and restaurants guests may want to add to their experience. These are small carefully curated and warmly managed tours of the highest quality experiences."
Mary, Opera & Theatre in London & the English Countryside 2018

AUD$11,350 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

LOYALTY CLUB PRICE: AUD$10,782.50

Deposit: AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$2,450
Final payment due: 3 April 2020

Limited Availability


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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.

  • Mozart’s Mitridate, re di Ponto 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.

  • A private opera recital exclusively for guests on the tour in the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building in Oxford, followed by drinks and canapés with the artists.

  • Attendance at Evensong in King's College Chapel with the Choir of King's College, Cambridge and their Director of Music, Daniel Hyde. Celebrate Daniel Hyde’s first year as Director of Music of this world-renowned choir.

OVERVIEW

  • Premium seats to opera performances at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Garsington Opera, Grange Park Opera and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

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

  • A private opera recital in one of Oxford’s most beautiful Colleges followed by drinks and canapés with the artists.

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

  • Premium seats to 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 Chapel, dinner with the Choir’s Director of Music, Daniel Hyde, and the rare opportunity to sit in on a closed rehearsal of 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

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

This sophisticated hotel is the only city-centre hotel overlooking the picturesque River Cam. King’s College, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Guildhall are all within walking distance, as are many bars, shops and restaurants. There is on-site dining at DoubleTree Riverside Brasserie, a Marco Pierre White Restaurant, and for all day dining and drinks, from coffee to cocktails, there is the stylish Twist Bar.

THE ARDEN HOTEL, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

The Arden Hotel is a refined and contemporary boutique hotel located in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon, directly opposite the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company Theatres, and close by the scenic Avon River. The stylish No.44 restaurant serves fresh, creative dishes, and the contemporary Champagne Bar offers classic cocktails in sophisticated surroundings. The exclusive Club Bar features a private riverside terrace, and serves a light menu.

MALMAISON OXFORD

Set in a former prison within a medieval castle, this sophisticated hotel offers unique luxury accommodation in historic Oxford. It has an excellent location being only an 8-minute walk to the Ashmolean Museum and a 10-minute walk to most renowned Oxford university sites. The brasserie in Malmaison Oxford serves modern reinventions of classic local cuisine, and is committed to sourcing the best produce in the region. With a peaceful al fresco terrace and a sleek under-lit bar, there are dining options aplenty for any British weather.

THE MONTAGUE ON THE GARDENS, LONDON

A Georgian townhouse full of English charm, The Montague on the Gardens excels in traditional service and warm, generous hospitality. Located in literary Bloomsbury, the hotel is just steps from the British Museum. There is a chic bar, and a conservatory which is a perfect place to enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea overlooking peaceful gardens.

6–19 June 2020 (14 Days)

AUD$11,350 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Single supplement AUD$2,450

Limited Availability


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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 6 JUNE 2020

1ST OF 2 NIGHTS AT DOUBLETREE BY HILTON, CAMBRIDGE

LONDON TO CAMBRIDGE:

We meet in the morning at 11:30am 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 enjoy the hotel’s lovely situation by just sitting by the river with a drink or a coffee, or stroll to the town centre which is nearby, or 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.

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 Daniel Hyde, Director of Music for the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. We will celebrate Daniel Hyde’s first year as Director of Music of this world-renowned choir.

DAY 2 | SUNDAY 7 JUNE 2020

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 Daniel Hyde.

DAY 3 | MONDAY 8 JUNE 2020

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, wonderfully 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 4 | TUESDAY 9 JUNE 2020

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 early evening we hear a talk exploring the literary and historical context and the performance history of the play we will be attending the following evening. Following the talk we have dinner at Hall’s Croft, home of Shakespeare’s daughter, Suzanna, and her husband Dr John Hall.

DAY 5 | WEDNESDAY 10 JUNE 2020

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 6 | THURSDAY 11 JUNE 2020

1ST OF 3 NIGHTS AT MALMAISON OXFORD

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON TO OXFORD:

This morning we travel from Stratford-upon-Avon to Oxford. On arrival we check into Malmaison Oxford. This converted Victorian prison is now a boutique hotel offering unique luxury accommodation in the centre of historic Oxford. You might like to rest, but a short stroll through beautiful Oxford might also be relaxing.

In the early evening we enjoy a private opera recital arranged exclusively for guests on the tour. The recital will take place in the beautiful acoustic of the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building in St Hilda's College, Oxford. Following the recital we have drinks and canapés and the opportunity to talk with the performers.

DAY 7 | FRIDAY 12 JUNE 2020

2ND OF 3 NIGHTS AT MALMAISON, OXFORD

OXFORD:

This morning we visit Blenheim Palace, home of Winston Churchill’s forebears. 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 at Blenheim Palace. After lunch there is time allowed to wander over the sweeping lawns and through the award-winning formal gardens. This evening is free to relax or to explore Oxford.

DAY 8 | SATURDAY 13 JUNE 2020

3RD OF 3 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 about this evening’s opera. We then 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 of Mozart’s early opera Mitridate, re di Ponto at Garsington Opera. We have a gourmet 3-course dinner during the extended interval. After the opera we return by private coach to Oxford.

DAY 9 | SUNDAY 14 JUNE 2020

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.

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.

The evening is free.

DAY 10 | MONDAY 15 JUNE 2020

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

LONDON:

This morning is free to relax or to explore London. There are many delightful attractions in London, and a visitor might use this time to pursue particular individual interests; however, a music lover might enjoy visiting Handel’s House, located at 25 Brook Street, Mayfair, a 4-minute walk from Bond Street Underground Station. In 1723 Handel, a bachelor, rented the townhouse in new upper-middle class area of London. He was 38 years old and he lived there for the rest of his life, dying in the upstairs bedroom in 1759. The details of his everyday life and the conditions in which he composed are very vivid when one makes this visit. Guests can sit in the very room in which Handel composed his Messiah in the autumn of 1741. Sometimes a guest musician performs in that same room, which provides a very pleasant experience. From Handel’s House it is a 7-minute walk to elegant Regent Street, one of London's most popular shopping streets, with its tall, regal buildings, black cabs whizzing up and down and general sense of hustle and bustle.

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 16 JUNE 2020

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

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 where we enrich our experience of the institution by visiting the backstage and front of house areas of one of the world's leading theatres as it prepares to open its doors for the evening performance. We get glimpses of the sets and costumes, how they are made and stored, and we have an expert guide to explain it all to us.

The afternoon is free. At the end of our backstage tour you might like to return to the hotel to rest before this evening’s performance, but Covent Garden is located in a fascinating district of London. There are colourful markets, restaurants and pubs immediately outside the opera house, and a short walk in any direction takes you to some of London’s icons. You could walk to Trafalgar Square to visit the fabulous National Gallery, or call in to the architectural jewel that is the church of Saint-Martin-in-the-Fields. The Strand with its shops and cafes is only a few minutes’ stroll away.

In the evening we attend a performance at the renowned Royal Opera House.

DAY 12 | WEDNESDAY 17 JUNE 2020

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

EXCURSION TO GRANGE PARK OPERA:

In the 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 delicious 3-course dinner during the long interval, and afterwards return to our London hotel.

DAY 13 | THURSDAY 18 JUNE 2020

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

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 celebrated Glyndebourne Festival. During the extended interval we enjoy a 3-course fine dining menu. Following the performance we return to our London hotel.

DAY 14 | FRIDAY 19 JUNE 2020

TOUR ENDS

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

Please note: There may be some changes to the itinerary depending on the final confirmation of performances.


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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

6–19 June (14 Days)

AUD$11,350 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit: AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$2,450
Final payment due: 3 April 2020

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 Chapel, Cambridge.

    Please note: The venues and festivals will announce their 2020 seasons in late 2019 and early 2020. 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 will attend by Elizabeth Hayllar.

    - Dinner and the opportunity to talk with Daniel Hyde, Director of Music for the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.

    - A background talk by a Shakespearean expert in Stratford-upon-Avon.

  • Hotels: 13 nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels including:

    - Two nights at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cambridge;
    - Three nights at The Arden Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon;
    - Three 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 lunch and six dinners with wine, water and tea/coffee. Drinks and canapés 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 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. If you live in Australia, 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

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6–19 JUNE 2020 (14 DAYS) | EXCLUSIVE EVENTS, FOUR OPERA & TWO THEATRE PERFORMANCES & A PRIVATE RECITAL

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