St Mawes, Southwest Cornwall

Friday 15 November- Monday 18 November 2019

For this year’s unique music festival, Noam Greenberg and his redoubtable team of fine musician colleagues have put together an uplifting programme of choral and piano music, including a performance by Truro Cathedral Choir under Christopher Gray performing Brahms’ mighty Requiem, a work Brahms had wished to call ’a human Requiem’. This glorious work is complemented by songs by Liszt, Mahler and Schubert, and piano pieces by Liszt and Brahms exquisitely played by the inimitable Noam Greenberg, climaxing in three pieces by Bach, Schubert and Mahler arranged for piano four hands. The acoustic of Tresanton Chapel is superb, and the experience will be both intimate and thrilling! There will be four concerts each held in the intimate Chapel close to the hotel.

We introduce each concert with a lecture, and complement our musical experiences with the comforts of the five-star Hotel Tresanton, and with a private tour by its chief gardeners of the magnificent tropical garden at Trellisick, still flourishing and towering green in November, and the Elizabethan house, Trerice, legacy of the Arundell family. Trerice, its Elizabethan architecture, its fireplaces, plasterwork ceilings and collection of over 1000 objects and items of historic furniture, were rescued in the 1950s in a delightful fit of Romantic historicism. Both Trellisick and the rescue of Trerice were inspired by the Romantic Movement, just as were the composers whose works we enjoy. This music, this garden and this house will offer meditation, refreshment and retreat from November’s chill and Brexit’s uncertainty alike.

Hotel Tresanton enjoys a beautiful position overlooking the Cornish coastline. All rooms have views across the sea toward St Anthony’s lighthouse. Owners, Olga Polizzi and her brother Sir Rocco Forte, have won accolades around the world for their work as outstanding hoteliers. Olga is recognised as a leading hotel designer/owner of stylish and supremely comfortable interiors, and inviting outside seating areas. The hotel has 29 bedrooms, a terrace overlooking the sea and a cosy bar. Like any design-led interior design or other similar enterprise, a theme of intention and care runs through the veins of the hotel extending to all aspects. The dining experience is especially an expression of an overall ethos. The menus for our three candlelit dinners will be carefully selected by the hotel’s chef to ensure we enjoy the best locally-sourced ingredients, the kitchen’s highly skilled preparation, and attentive service.

£1495 members, £1545 non-member, single room supplement £160, deposit £250. This cost includes three nights accommodation with breakfasts, all dinners with wine, all lunches, all concerts, all tuition and lectures, entry fees and private tours where applicable, all travel during the tour, all gratuities, VAT. This cost excludes travel to and from the tour (with regrets limited to 10 participants).