Friends Tour of Europe 2017 introduction
In 2015, we undertook our fifth European tour. For the first time, a group of Friends accompanied us for part of the tour. We very much enjoyed getting to know our Friends during the first 15 days of the tour. You can come with us in 2017!
Our first concert is in Rome, where you will stay for three nights. The choir performs in the Baroque church of St Anthony of the Portuguese at 8.00pm on July 1. Join the choir for dinner in a nearby restaurant after the concert.
There will be extensive sight-seeing programs organised for you. As we want to keep things flexible, all our sight-seeing activities are optional. In Rome we can offer you a guided tour of the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum and Basilica of St Peter and one of ancient Rome.
We travel via Florence and Verona to Austria, where we will spend three nights in Vienna. The choir sings a concert (Friday 7 July) and a service (Sunday 9 July) at the Augustinerkirche in Vienna. This church was built by the Habsburg family in 1330 next door to their Winter Palace, or Hofburg. Many important weddings have taken place here, including that of Archduchess Marie Louise in 1810 to Napoleon Bonaparte of France. The church remains at the centre of a functioning monastery of Augustinian friars. You will have three nights in Vienna. On Saturday evening (8 July), enjoy a light meal with choir members at a typical Viennese Heurigen with views of the surrounding vineyards. Heuriger means “this year’s wine” and the Heurigen began as a way for wine makers to offer tastings of their new wine with a few nibbles.
From Vienna, we travel along the Danube valley, with a ferry ride on the Danube between the medieval towns of Spitz and Melk. From our hotel in Innsbruck, we travel 20 minutes to the 13th century monastery of Stams, where the ACC performs (10 July).
By popular demand, there will be a “Friends Choir”. This means singing with members of the ACC – not compulsory! – just for fun!
We have plenty more in store for you. Our Friends Tour will end with a service in Bach’s church, the Thomaskirche in Leipzig on Sunday 16 July. More info coming soon.
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