Welsh National Opera St David’s Hall Concert Cardiff
Welsh National Opera and St David’s Hall Concert
Puccini’s La bohème – Wales Millennium Centre
St Valentine’s Day Concert
Manuel de Falla’s Love the Magician,
Bruch’s Violin Concerto No 1
Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 5
The Royal Mint and Castell Coch
From the Mercure Holland House Hotel, Cardiff (4 stars)
14 – 16 February 2017 (2 nights)
Love is definitely in the air - two wonderful evenings of romantic and dramatic music. Starting with a concert in St David’s Hall with the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra and a programme to celebrate St Valentine’s Day. Manuel de Falla’s sultry and sensuous music from his ballet Love the Magician, the most famous section of which is the Ritual Fire Dance. Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 is perhaps the most beloved of all violin concertos with the soloist a brilliant young violinist Benjamin Baker. Finally, one of the greatest of all romantic symphonies Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 loved by audiences ever since its premiere in 1888.
The following evening a performance of Puccini’s La bohème in Welsh National Opera’s iconic home venue the Wales Millennium Centre. This utterly romantic opera with its unforgettable arias portrays a vivid picture of bohemian life in Paris and is one of opera’s most popular and unforgettable stories. Top priced seats for both venues
On Wednesday, travel by coach outside Cardiff to visit and have a tour of the Royal Mint. This newly opened exhibition and guided factory experience showcases the fascinating history and the manufacture of the coins we use every day. From here we return to Cardiff via Castle Coch - an enchanting Victorian Gothic medieval fantasy created by the brilliantly eccentric architect William Burgess with seemingly limitless funds provided by the third Marquess of Bute. Hidden in the hills north of Cardiff, fairy-tale turrets, towers and a drawbridge enclose a perfectly preserved interior, a Victorian extravaganza of imaginative decoration. Return to the hotel before transfers to the WMC for pre-opera dinner and the evening performance.
Your hotel for the two nights is the spacious and comfortable 4-star Mercure Holland House Hotel in the centre of Cardiff.
Tuesday 14 February: Arrive and check into the hotel before welcome drink and early pre-concert dinner. Taxis to and from St David’s Hall for the concert.
Wednesday 15 February: The Royal Mint and Castle Coch. Dinner at the WMC and evening performance of La bohème.
Thursday 16 February – Check out of the hotel and if your time permits independently visit the newly refurbished galleries at the National Museum of Wales which also house the magnificent Impressionist Art Collection, a legacy left to Wales by the remarkable Davis sisters. Or Cardiff Castle. A wonderful way to see Cardiff is the hop on hop off bus picks up next to the hotel in Fitzalan Place.
- 2 nights’ accommodation, breakfast and pre-theatre dinners.
- Top price tickets for concert and opera, tours and entry to Castle Coch.
- Transfers to/from hotel evening venues and coaching.
- Heritage Touring representative.
Price per person: £400
Single supplement: £50
Non-refundable deposit: £150 pp
The train service to Cardiff is excellent and the hotel a 5 minute taxi ride from Central Station. There is parking at the hotel - charges apply.
Each tour, unless stated otherwise in the tour details, includes welcome reception, hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast, entry fees, guided tours and tickets where appropriate, lunches and refreshments where stated, professional guide and executive coaching.
You are asked to make your own travel arrangements to join each break at the hotel listed. We are happy to give advice and where possible organise shared taxis from a rail station to the hotel and where appropriate the coach will finish a tour at the station. However we cannot take responsibility for individual travel bookings.
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