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    Trio Mazzolini

Weekend at the Royal Academy of Music

Weekend at the Royal Academy of Music

London, England

"Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without." Confucius

Spend an exclusive weekend with the Royal Academy of Music on this UK holiday. Go behind the scenes to discover centuries of music history in the Academy’s museum, tour the concert halls accompanied by staff and current students, and experience performances by current students and alumni of the Academy – the Kyan String Quartet, Trio Mazzolini and Ignas Maknickas.


  • Cancellation rights
  • 5 meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
  • Glass of wine with included dinners
  • Saga Tour Manager
  • All excursions and visits listed
  • Porterage at your hotel

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Day 1 Arrive at your hotel

A close up of a cellist

After arriving in London, you’ll enjoy a welcome drink reception at your Kensington-based hotel before a private recital at the hotel in the evening by the Kyan String Quartet. Their one-hour programme features Franz Schubert’s ‘Quartettsatz’, D 703, and his String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, ‘Death and the Maiden’.

Following the recital, dinner will be served at the hotel. D

Day 2 Royal Academy of Music

Susie Sainsbury Theatre. Image © Adam Scott

The following day will be spent at the Royal Academy of Music on Marylebone Road and begins with a talk exploring its history. Afterwards you will be guided by Academy staff and students around the Royal Academy of Music’s museum and concert halls.

In the Strings Gallery you’ll see the craftsmanship of influential Cremonese makers such as Antonio Stradivari and the Amati family, as well as London-based makers. You will also visit the Piano Gallery, which celebrates the evolution of keyboard instruments – from the virginals of the 17th century to the powerful grand pianos of the 19th century.

Your guided tour will include the Academy’s prestigious concert halls, including the Academy’s flagship 350-seat concert venue, the Duke's Hall, which features original paintings and a three-manual symphonic organ built by Orgelbau Kuhn, which was donated by former Academy pupils Sir Elton John and Ray Cooper.

You will also visit the David Josefowitz Recital Hall, which was built in 2001 and seats 120, the contemporary Angela Burgess Recital Hall, which seats 100, and the Susie Sainsbury Theatre, which seats 309 and is used for large-scale performances including fully staged operas.

As you explore the concert halls, staff and students will be on hand to talk about the exhibits and venues in more detail, and at times may also perform. There will be a private piano recital by Ignas Maknickas, who in July 2021 received The Queen’s Commendation for Excellence as the highest scoring graduate of the Royal Academy of Music.

A two-course lunch will be served in the Academy’s restaurant, and in the Duke's Hall there will be a final concert by Trio Mazzolini, who will perform Haydn’s Piano Trio in C major, Amy Beach’s Piano Trio Op. 150 and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No 1 in D Minor Op. 49.

Dinner will be served at the hotel in the evening. B, L, D

Day 3 Return home

The following morning, you’ll leave London after breakfast. B

Comprising ten once separated townhouses, this Grade II-listed 19th century building has a unique layout, beautifully restored frescoes and stained glass windows. Located in Kensington and in close proximity to Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall and the Victoria & Albert Museum, it is an ideal base to soak up art, history and culture.

Facilities include a restaurant and gym, and the 215 bedrooms are equipped with a television, tea and coffee making facilities, a safe, fridge and free Wi-Fi.

Guests will be divided into two groups for alternate visits to the museum and concert halls. The String and Piano Galleries are on different levels with a lift available.


Weekend at the Royal Academy of Music

London, England