Could there be a better city in which to hear Mozart? Salzburg is still a place the composer would recognise 262 years after he was baptised in its cathedral. Salzburg’s world-class festivals attract the finest modern interpreters of his music. In many ways, the Mozartwoche in January is the most magical, when snow dusts the rooftops, and the annual tide of tourists is at its lowest ebb. In 2019, we will be there for six concerts, given by an exciting line-up of established stars and fresh young talent. Professor John Irving, author of six books on Mozart, is our expert speaker.
We leave the hotel at 5pm for a short walking tour, introducing the old town’s extraordinary ensemble of Baroque architecture. After a group dinner, our first concert is at the Felsenreitschule, carved out of a former quarry, and now set beneath a dramatic glass roof. The Camarata Salzburg and Salzburger Bachchor perform T.H.A.M.O.S. (based on Mozart’s Thamos, König in Ägypten).
Seated at a piano in the Mozarteum, Professor John Irving gives his first lecture, before we move to the fabulously ornate Großer Saal. Here, Renaud Capuçon and Alexander Lonquich play four pieces for violin and piano, including the lyrical Violin Sonata in A major. In the afternoon, our lecture continues at the Mozarteum. Our second concert in the Großer Saal is given by English soprano Louise Alder and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, conducted by Robin Ticciati. Works include Vedrai, carino from Don Giovanni.
We start at the Mozarteum, where Sir András Schiff performs with the Cappella Andrea Barca and mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli. Works include the Piano Concerto No. 15 in B-flat major. Our evening concert is given by Janine Jansen and the Vienna Philharmonic at the Haus für Mozart: Symphonies No. 33 and 39 as well as Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major are on the programme.
Sunday morning is free, with the chance to attend Mass in the Salzburger Dom on Mozart’s birthday. In the afternoon, a walking tour of key Mozart sites is followed by his only Oratorio (La Betulia liberata) at the Haus für Mozart with Les Talens Lyriques, the Salzburger Bachchor and Baroque soprano specialist, Sandrine Piau.
The trip finishes at the hotel after breakfast.
£1,825 per person sharing in a double room.
£2,000 for one person in a double room.
The price includes the speaker, a tour manager and a local guide, category three tickets to six concerts, accommodation with daily breakfasts, one dinner with wine.
Please note flights are not included.
Accommodation and meals
Star Inn Hotel Premium Salzburg Gablerbräu (3 stars).
Expect a fair amount of walking as we explore the city, often on cobblestones. We also walk to and from the concert venues, which can take up to twenty minutes.
Between 5 and 28 participants.
Please check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice before you book to make sure you are happy with the advice for the places you are visiting.
"The trip was very well balanced, both with guides and included meals. There was freedom to explore individually, without missing key events."
"We enjoyed our trip enormously!"
"All in all, a wonderful time meeting interesting people, experiencing beautiful Salzburg and being transported by music played by the very best musicians. Thank you."