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Canterbury with the Royal Academy of Music

Canterbury with the Royal Academy of Music

Kent, England

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"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy" Ludwig van Beethoven

The historic city of Canterbury provides the ideal setting for this in-depth music-themed UK holiday, which features exclusive concert performances by a quartet and soloists from the Royal Academy of Music.

Spend time in the Cathedral and exploring the city, and delve deeper into the works of Mozart, Haydn and Bach during fascinating pre-concert talks by esteemed lecturer, British composer Gerard McBurney.


  • Cancellation rights
  • 6 meals: 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Glass of wine with all included dinners
  • Specialist lecturer
  • Local guides
  • Saga Tour Manager
  • 3 exclusive concerts and talks
  • All excursions and visits listed
  • Porterage at your hotel
Your specialist lecturer

Gerard McBurney

British composer, writer and deviser working in theatre, radio, television and concert hall.

Recent orchestral projects have included collaborations with Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra, with Esa-Pekka Salonen for both the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and, for Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the première of a previously lost melodrama by Liszt.

As an orchestrator, Gerard is best known for his completions of lost and forgotten pieces by Shostakovich including the unfinished opera about a monkey, Orango, which was given its world premiere in his version by Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2011.

Current work outside his own composition includes new projects with the Aix Festival, the Beethoven Orchestra in Bonn, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Bremen, and a new digital project with San Diego Symphony.

Joining you on February, 2022 departure.

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Day 1 Arrive in Canterbury

An aerial view of Canterbury

Arrive in Canterbury in the afternoon where you’ll be welcomed to your hotel accommodation with a glass of prosecco and afternoon tea and cake.

Later this afternoon there will be a pre-concert talk from your specialist lecturer before an auditorium performance by clarinettist Holly Isherwood and The Clova Quartet. They’ll perform Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, and music by Crusell, Taneyev and Baermann.

Dinner will be served in the Refectory after the concert. D

Day 2 Canterbury Cathedral

The Cloister of Canterbury Cathedral

The next day there will be a morning guided tour of Canterbury Cathedral that explores more than 1,400 years of history, and the close relationship between music and liturgy.

In the afternoon there will be a pre-concert talk before your second auditorium concert. Flautist Lucy Driver and The Clova Quartet will perform works by Boccherini, Mozart and Haydn, before afternoon tea and cake is served.

Later you’ll be able to enjoy the Choral Evensong in Canterbury Cathedral before dinner at your hotel accommodation. B, D

Day 3 Blue Badge walking tour

Medieval houses by the Stour River in Canterbury

Your final day in Canterbury will begin with a walking tour of the city accompanied by Blue Badge guides. As you explore the historic cobbled streets, your guide will recount the history of the city – from its Roman heritage to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

Following afternoon tea and cake, there will be your final pre-concert talk before The Clova Quartet performs in the auditorium. Their programme will feature pieces by Bach, Stravinsky, Britten and arrangements by The Danish String Quartet from ‘Wood Works’.

Dinner will be served in the Refectory as the final day of your tour concludes. B, D

Day 4 Depart Canterbury

After breakfast you will make your way home. B

Situated in the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral, this 4-star hotel accommodation enjoys a central location that makes it easy to explore the city at leisure. The lodge features a library, Campanile Garden and the Clagett Auditorium where all concerts will take place. During your stay, you’ll benefit from unlimited free entrance to the Cathedral itself during opening hours.

The 35 stylish bedrooms are equipped with a telephone, television, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi.

The musicians and specialist lecturer featured are confirmed for the February departure. Musicians and the specialist lecturer featuring on the October departure will be confirmed at a later date.


Canterbury with the Royal Academy of Music

Kent, England