Berlin - School Music Tour

A sensational city in every way, a school music tour to Berlin will stimulate and inspire your group

A capital of everything contemporary, including music

Berlin is now one of Europe’s culture capitals and buzzes with art, theatre and, of course, music. Take a tour of the Reichstag, visit Europe’s finest art galleries and perform in some truly impressive venues. For a formal environment, the Berliner Dom is the most impressive venue and you will not be short of audience members either. The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial, on the other hand, will provide you with a more moving experience; the church was badly damaged during World War II and it is now a symbol of the hardship of war and peace-time reconciliation. For a less formal experience, perform at a beautiful park in the centre of Berlin.

Visit Leipzig for a classical treat

Enjoy a trip to the nearby town of Leipzig to find out more about the child prodigy, Johann Sebastian Bach, who lived there for 27 years. Whilst you're there, go to the Grassi Musical Instrument Museum, where the permanent exhibition, 'In Search of the Perfect Sound,' gives an insight into the most important eras of music output and instrument making. The museum, the most extensive music museum in the world, is located conveniently close to the Leipzig town centre, where you can also visit two other museums focusing on a couple of Germany's best known composers: Mendelssohn's House & Schumann's House.

Also in Leipzig, take the opportunity to perform in the Nikolaikirche for a truly unforgettable and informal concert experience.

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  • The Brandenburg Gate looks magnificent lit up at night

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  • The impressive Berlin Reichstag Dome was designed by Sir Norman Foster

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Sample excursions

Berliner Dom Cathederal

Berliner Dom Experience

The honorary organist of the Berliner Dom will treat you to an introduction to the Berliner Dom’s 2000 year history. Further to that he will give a short organ concert, before taking you round the Cathedral, where you will see the second largest crypt in Europe as well as the spectacular view from the top. It makes for an excellent introductory evening in Germany’s capital.


Leipzig Grassi Museum

Leipzig Grassi Museum of Musical Instruments

The chronologically organized permanent exhibition ‘In Search of the Perfect Sound’ offers visitors of all ages insights into the music history of the city of Leipzig and into the multi-facetted world of musical instruments. The most important eras of music history and instrument making are presented in 13 extensive chapters. In addition to experiencing a visual journey through time, a newly developed 3-D sound system allows visitors to listen to music from previous centuries.

www.mvl-grassimuseum.de/


Mendelssohn Museum

The Mendelssohn Museum

The Mendelssohn House in Leipzig is the only remaining private address of the late musician Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. The Mendelssohn family moved into the flat in 1845. It has been carefully restored to look like how it did when the composer lived there, and since November 1997 it has been host to a museum in honour of the great musician. Here, you and your groups will be able to collate information about Mendelssohn's life and work. Letters and sheets of music, water colours painted by Mendelssohn, authentic furniture, the composer's study and the music salon, will all help give more insight to the life of one of Germany’s most famous composers.

www.mendelssohn-stiftung.de/


Schumann House

Robert Schumann House

The Schumann House is where Robert and Clara Schumann spent the first 4 years of their marriage. Schumann founded the publication, the New Journal for Music, in Leipzig and contributed to it extensively. He was a very interesting man and could have been the finest pianist in Europe, but an injury to his hand prevented this from ever happening. His marriage to Clara enraged his wife’s father, who had previously been Schumann’s teacher and a long legal battle ensued. Schumann was obviously a passionate man, so to find out more about him, where he lived and his work then visit Leipzig’s very own Schumann House.

www.schumann-portal.de/SchumannHouse

Sample tour

Day 1

  • Arrive in Berlin airport in the morning
  • Have an orientation tour of Berlin introducing you the 3 main areas of the city: the West (inc. Memorial Church), the New (Potsdamer Square) and the East (Brandenburg Gate).
  • Attend an exclusive lecture and organ concert given by the man who has been the honorary organist at the Berliner Dom since 1992.
  • Return to hotel for dinner

Day 2

  • Have breakfast at hotel
  • Visit the Berlin music museum
  • Afternoon free time and rehearsal
  • Evening concert at Castle Ziesar in the Cloister Lehnin
  • Return to hotel for dinner

Day 3

  • Have breakfast in hotel
  • Leave for Leipzig
  • Rehearsal
  • Give lunchtime concert at Nikolaikirche
  • Visit the Mendelssohn and Schumann houses/museums
  • Evening free time
  • Return to Berlin

Day 4

  • Breakfast at hotel in Leipzig
  • Rehearsal and free time
  • Return to Berlin after lunch
  • Evening performance at St. George’s Anglican Church
  • Dinner at hotel

Day 5

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Free-time in Berlin
  • Check-out of hotel and transfer to airport for return flight home

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The standard of the rooms at the Moulin was incredible and unexpected for a school trip. The food was delicious and the menus were varied and clearly created with the students in mind. Party Leader of Leventhorpe School staying February 2016 at Voyager's Hotel du Moulin aux Draps

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