with the masterpieces of PIERO DELLA FRANCESCA
26 June - 6 July 2020

Our 12th visit to the Italian festival, established in a glorious Umbrian setting near her holiday home by the charismatic Canadian concert pianist Angela Hewitt OBE. Recitals are given in the courtyard of the Knights of Malta castle near Lake Trasimeno, in a delightful theatre in Città di Castello and in a lovely church and a magnificent abbey church in Perugia.

Angela is joined by Ian Bostridge, the Sacconi Quartet, and the Orchestra and Chorus Giuseppe Verdi from Milan in a well-balanced series of recitals. And for the first time she accompanies a Canadian dance group.

We stay in a charming hotel right on the lake which makes a relaxing base with its swimming pool and adjoining pier for gentle boat trips to the islands. Even on an excursion day there is time in the afternoon to rest or swim before supper and the ten minute drive to the concert. Virginia Woolf wrote how she would far rather have stayed by the lake than in hot and steamy Perugia.

Excursions are made to Assisi, Perugia, Cortona and Pisa. We follow the Piero della Francesca trail to Arezzo (The True Cross frescoes and Mary Magdalene) - Monterchi (the Madonna del Parto) and Sansepolcro (Resurrection and Madonna della Misericordia). Art history tours of the major fresco cycles cover the same ground but without the concerts!

We have lunches at carefully selected restaurants on our excursions and suppers at our hotel and special gala dinners with Angela Hewitt (wine and coffee included).

A short YouTube film about a recent festival can be viewed by clicking here.

Cost: £3780 to include return scheduled flights to Pisa, transfers, 10 nights accommodation, 9 concerts, 5 lunches, 10 suppers including Gala Dinners. Single supplement £280. Deposit £400.

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Friday 26 June

Flight Heathrow – Pisa (dep Heathrow Terminal 5 at 12.55). Coach through the Tuscan countryside to hotel and supper.

Saturday 27 June
Coach to CORTONA, popular Tuscan hill town. Gallery and Etruscan museum. Lunch. Free afternoon. Supper at hotel.

21.15 Castle of the Knights of Malta, Magione

Angela Hewitt, piano

Sacconi Quartet

Ludwig van Beethoven:
– Six Variations on an original theme in F major, Op. 34
– 32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80
– Variations and Fugue on an Original Theme “Eroica”, Op. 35
– String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131 (played from memory)

Sunday 28 June

Introduction to Passignano

17.00 in the Aula Magna, Facoltà di Agraria, Perugia

An Hour with Jane Glover, conductor and musicologist

Gala Dinner in the cloisters of the Basilica die San Pietro Perugia.


21.00 Basilica di San Pietro, Perugia

Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi
Coro Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi,  Soloists TBA
Angela Hewitt, piano Jane Glover, conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven:
– Mass in C major, Op. 86
– Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15
– Choral Fantasy in C minor, Op. 80
Monday 29 June

PERUGIA - Collegio del Cambio and Umbrian National Gallery, Lunch

16.00 Sala Podiani, Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, Perugia

Sacconi Quartet
Angela Hewitt, piano

Jonathan Dove: ‘Out of Time’, string quartet
John Woolrich: ‘The path is winding’, string quartet from ‘A Book of Inventions’
Roxanna Panufnik: String Quartet (new commission for the Sacconi Quartet)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Two Preludes and Fugues for piano
Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57

Tuesday 30 June

To Assisi and the Basilica di San Francesco with the Giotto frescoes then Spello for the Pinturicchio frescoes in the Cappella Baglioni. Lunch. Free afternoon. Supper at hotel.

21.00 Basilica di San Pietro, Perugia

Angela Hewitt, piano

J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue (complete)
90 minutes without an interval

Wednesday 1 July

Boat to Castiglione sul Lago on market day. A planned town with important castle. Lunch.
Free afternoon. Supper at hotel
21.15 Castle of the Knights of Malta, Magione

Ian Bostridge, tenor
Angela Hewitt, piano

Schubert Winterreise D911

Thursday 2 July

Free morning then to Città di Castello birthplace of Perugino.
18:00 There will be Dancing and Singing
Teatro degli Illuminati, Città di Castello, PG

with Opera Atelier / Artists of Atelier Ballet
Mireille Asselin, soprano
Angela Hewitt, piano
Baroque Dance and the Music of Bach, Couperin, Rameau, and Purcell.

Gala Dinner

Friday 3 July

Boat to the Islands – where St Francis once spent Lent. Lunch.
Free afternoon. Supper at the hotel.

21.00 The Carnival of the Animals
Castle of the Knights of Malta, Magione

Angela Hewitt with other pianists and instrumentalists

Debussy: En blanc et noir, for two pianos
Chabrier: Trois valses romantiques, for two pianos
Saint-Saëns: Variations on a Theme by Beethoven, Op. 35, for two pianos
Saint- Saëns: The Carnival of the Animals

Saturday 4 July

Free morning then to Perugia for the final concert and gala dinner

18.00 Oratorio di San Francesco dei Nobili, Perugia

Angela Hewitt, piano

J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

Gala Dinner in the gardens of the Oratorio

Sunday 5 July

PIERO DELLA FRANCESCA TRAIL: Arezzo (The True Cross frescoes) - Monterchi (the Madonna del Parto) Lunch. - Sansepolcro (Resurrection and Madonna della Misericordia). We see all the most important Piero frescoes and his birthplace. Dinner at hotel.

Monday 6 July

Leave for PISA – free time to explore the Campo dei Miracoli (Duomo, Baptistery and the Leaning Tower). Then Pisa airport for BA flight dep 16.55 arr Heathrow 18.15

Meals in bold are included – with wine and water and coffee. Our hotel is a just short walk from the boat terminal so it is possible to go to the islands and back in a free hour or to sit by our private pool. The railway station is a few minutes away with a regular and easy journey into the heart or Perugia.


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