Singing Hollywood at Christmas
- Recitals from your host
Look forward to uplifting in-house concerts with your host and guest.
- Crowne Plaza Solihull
This stylish modern hotel lies in the heart of Solihull, with its own lake and gardens.
- Enjoy Christmas fare
Look forward to a traditional Christmas lunch at your hotel.
- Birmingham Symphony Hall
Enjoy a concert of Christmas music here on Christmas Eve.
- No fly
- Full board
Enjoy a Christmas full of music
Celebrate Christmas with a swing from the comfortable Crowne Plaza Solihull Hotel. When you arrive, meet your host Robert Habermann and fellow guests for a welcome drink, then join Robert for a screening of a compilation of memorable moments from the golden age of Hollywood.
On Christmas Eve morning perhaps enjoy a musical screening. After enjoying lunch at your hotel, depart by coach for an included excursion to Birmingham Symphony Hall, where you'll take your seats for a matinee concert of festive music performed by artists in 18th century costume to put you in the festive mood! After dinner Robert will be joined by pianist Trevor Brown, when you can look forward to some great music as the ‘big day’ approaches!
Enjoy a relaxing Christmas morning and a traditional lunch served with wine, followed by a spot of carol singing. On Christmas Day evening, take your seats for a further performance from Robert and Trevor as the day’s festivities wind to a close. On Boxing Day enjoy a morning at leisure while in the afternoon there'll be a screening of another nostalgic musical followed by dinner and a final concert from your host – the perfect finale to your Christmas break. You depart the next day after breakfast.
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
- Traditional Christmas lunch
- Three sessions of live music
- The screening of three musical films
- Expert hosts and dedicated Saga Host
- Welcome drink
- Porterage at your hotel
- Cancellation rights
- Birmingham Symphony Hall
Crowne Plaza Solihull, 61 Homer Rd, Solihull B91 3QD
The 4-star Crowne Plaza Solihull (4Q) is set in the centre of Solihull. It is adjacent to the Touchwood Shopping Centre with its comprehensive range of shops, restaurants and cinema and within with easy access to the town's main shopping district – ideal for some last-minute Christmas shopping!
The hotel has 120 en-suite rooms.
Tea coffee making facilities
Bathrobes and slippers
Food and Drink
Your stay at the Crowne Plaza Solihull is on a full-board basis. Breakfast will be served in the main restaurant. All lunches and dinners will be served in the De Lemesi Suite, exclusively for Saga guests.
Indoor swimming pool
The town of Solihull is well positioned, orbited by Birmingham and Coventry with the towns of Stratford-upon-Avon and Leamington Spa further afield. Although approximately seven miles from the bustling city centre of Birmingham, around two-thirds of the district is protected green belt land, reflected in the town's motto 'Urbs in Rure' or 'town in the country’. The High Street offers a good range of shops and shopping centres, and still retains some early buildings and St Alphege's Church, with its impressive steeple. There are also a number of excellent parks in the area. Travel just six miles from the town and you come to the village of Meriden, reputedly the centre of England.
"I was lucky to meet my all-time hero Frank Sinatra, who inspired me to share my passion for film musicals through light-hearted performances and tales of my travels," says Robert, who played Ol' Blue Eyes in the original cast of The Rat Pack. Discovered by the respected American singer Margaret Whiting, Robert has performed with a number of other iconic stars, including Kay Starr, Steve Ross, Rosemary Squire and more. In 1994 he won the Best International Performer Award from the prestigious Manhattan Association of Cabarets. He's always been warmly welcomed by previous Saga guests.
Since graduating from University College London, Trevor worked extensively in the music industry in most areas. He worked closely with the bandleader Alyn Ainsworth, during which time Trevor contributed to many television shows, including Royal Variety Performances and BAFTA award shows. He has arranged the music for a number of TV series, including Wednesday at Eight, Live from the Palladium and Surprise Surprise – most recently he has worked on shows like Pop Idol and How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?
Carols by Candlelight
On Christmas Eve look forward to an included afternoon excursion to the Birmingham Symphony Hall where you’ll take your seats for ‘Carols by Candlelight’ – a concert of classic festive music performed by artists in 18th century costume.
Included on 4 nights itinerary