Bel a cappella europe tour 2018
It all started when...
we were half way through our 2015 Tour. The decision to start planning the next Bel tour was a simple decision!
At present, the choir committee and our wonderful collegues at Hayes Travel Enterprises are putting the final touches of our tour together but we are delighted to share our rough itinerary with you.
The Eastern European Tour will take us on a musical pilgrimage to five countries - Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland.
Itinerary Overview May 2018:
12, 13, 14 - Berlin
Discover Berlin, eat local specialties, perform at the famous St. Matthew's Church, tour the Berlin Philharmonie and the Music Instrument Museum, visit the Reichstag Dome and consume lots of gateau.
15, 16 - Leipzig
Explore the city, visit St. Nicholas Church and the Forest Street Quarter, travel to Colditz Castle and perform some Bach at St. Thomas Church.
17, 18, 19 - Prague via Dresden
Walking tour of Dresden, heading to the Semper Opera House via the Zwinger Palace. Potential recital at Dresdner Frauenkirche (or similar).
Visit the Prague State Opera House (hope something amazing is on!). Rehearsal and performance at St. Nicholas Church on the Old Town Square. Travel down the Vltava with drinks and music.
20 - Hodonin
Explore the beautiful town of Hodonin and the surrounding vineyard areas. Hopefully a concert at St. Lawrence.
21, 22, 23 - Budapest via Bratislava
Take in the sights of bronze statues, the Bratislava Castle and St. Martin's cathedral.
City tour of Budapest including the Parliament, Chain Bridge, St. Stephen's Cathedral and walk in the footsteps of Liszt, Bartok and Weber.
Potential masterclass with guest conductor and performance with local choir.
24, 25, 26 - Krakow
Spend time in Zakopane in the famous Tatra Mountains, potential recital in St. Mary's Casilica (or similar)
Visit Auschwitz and tour the Wieliczka Salt Mine (potential recital venue).
27 - End of group tour
Music for the tour is being carefully considered by our Musical Director who will no doubt be introducing us to new music, music that is particuarly important to various regions and venues that we will be performing in during the tour. More details on repertoire will appear here on the website during the year.
We will be participating in masterclasses with local choral conductors, performing in most of the major cities (either recitals or full concerts) and travelling alongside a professional coach driver and tour manager.