Music Along the Danube, 22–29 August 2022

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MARTIN RANDALL FESTIVALS bring together world-class musicians for a sequence of private concerts in Europe’s glorious historic buildings, many of which are not normally accessible. We take care of all logistics, from flights and hotels, to pre-concert talks.

POLYPHONY IN PORTUGAL 22–27 MAY 2022 MUSIC IN SUFFOLK CHURCHES 4–7 JULY 2022 MUSIC ALONG THE DANUBE 22–29 AUGUST 2022 VENICE: PAGEANTRY & PIETY 13–18 NOVEMBER 2022 UK SHORT CHAMBER MUSIC BREAKS The Albion Quartet, 4–6 March 2022 The Navarra String Quartet, 1–3 April 2022 Please contact us for more information.


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ACCOMMODATION & PRICES Information about the ship.

THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME The day-by-day itinerary including details of concerts and musicians.


DISCOVER THE PLACE From the Danube Valley to the Imperial splendour of Vienna.



TRAVEL OPTIONS A range of ways to travel to and from the festival.

PRE-FESTIVAL TOUR Extend your stay in central Europe with our pre-festival tour, King Ludwig II.


The booking form, details of our booking process, and terms and conditions. Opposite: Dürnstein, German etching 1935. Produced: 8 December 2021.







The key feature is the singularly beguiling combination of music and place. Concerts take place in buildings that are among the most beautiful in the Danube valley – palaces, churches, monasteries and country houses. But the value of the juxtaposition goes deeper: the buildings are often of the same period as the music, and in some cases there are potent historical associations between the two.

Chartered exclusively for the festival audience (128 maximum), the MS Amadeus Star was launched in 2019. Acting as both hotel and principal means of transport, it enables passengers to attend all the concerts and see some of the finest sights in the region without having to change hotel or drive long distances. In many ways, however, your experience will be far removed from the usual cruising routine. There is little regimentation, no obligatory seating plan, no on-board entertainment, no intrusive announcements – and absolutely no piped music.

EXCLUSIVE CONCERTS The performances are private, being exclusive to the participants who take the festival package (see details below). The small size of the audience and venues leads to an intimacy that engenders a rare intensity of musical communication. Musicians love playing for this festival. Not only are the venues an inspiring change from conventional concert halls, but the audiences are attentive, and appreciative.

THE SPOKEN WORD Daily talks by music critic, writer and broadcaster Richard Wigmore (see page 12 for his biography) enlighten, stimulate, and inform.

FOR YOUR EYES The itinerary takes you through some of the most enchanting riverine landscape in Europe, to deliciously picturesque towns and villages, and to the incomparable city of Vienna. Great art and architecture is as much a part of this festival as great music.

Illustration: The Danube at Persenbeug, early 20th-century etching by Luigi Kasimir.


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Access to the concerts is exclusive to those who take the festival package, the price for which includes:

Nearly all the music is by composers who lived and worked in the AustroHungarian Empire – in other words, local to the Danube.

— Nine private concerts. — Daily talks on the music. ­— A ccommodation on a first-class river cruiser for seven nights. —R eturn flights between the UK and Munich – reduced price if you choose to opt out of these. (See page 15). —A ll meals, with wine and other drinks, and i n terval drinks. —C oach travel for airport transfers and to the concert venues when not within walking distance.

Ensemble Prisma Wien performs a Baroque programme in the Kolomanisaal of Melk Abbey, one of Central Europe’s greatest architectural achievements. The Vienna Chamber Choir sings a cappella in the vast Gothic Revival Votivkirche in Vienna – Schütz, Haydn, Salieri, Schubert, Bruckner. Imogen Cooper piano plays Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations in the Hall of the Muses at the Albertina, Vienna.

The masterly Haydn Philharmonic, with Enrico Onofri conductor and Selina Ott trumpet, provide a programme of Haydn and Mozart in the Palais Ferstel, Vienna. The Amatis Piano Trio play Schubert’s E flat trio at Schloss Atzenbrugg where the composer used to holiday. Andreas Staier fortepiano plays Haydn, Mozart and Schubert in the Prälatensaal of the delightful little abbey at Dürnstein. The Amatis Piano Trio concludes the festival with Beethoven, Kreisler and Brahms at the Palais Kaufmännischer Verein in Linz, a turn-of-the-century set of assembly rooms.

— Tips, taxes and admission charges. —P rogramme booklet with full details of the event. —A ssistance of an experienced team of German-speaking festival staff. — Optional pre-festival tour: King Ludwig II (see page 13 for details).

Roderick Williams baritone & Susie Allan piano perform Lieder at Schloss Eckartsau, a Baroque hunting lodge on the plain of the Marchfeld.

More information about the concerts is in the ‘Festival Programme’ (see pages 8–12).

The Vienna-based Minetti String Quartet perform Haydn and Dvořák in the Mirror Hall at the Primatial Palace in Bratislava.

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Its monuments are many and remarkable. And nowhere on Earth can match the Danube region for its contribution to the canon of Classical music over the course of several hundred years. This is simply the biggest river of Europe. From its origins in south-western Germany, the Danube flows to the Black Sea over a course of about 1,750 miles, gathering force from waters which drain 300,000 square miles, passing through ten countries. More than three hundred often furious tributaries pour their national waters into the Danube, but the river placidly swallows them all.

Illustration: Dürnstein, 1820s aquatint by Jacob Alt (1789–1872).


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Day 1 Monday 22 August Passau

Day 2 Tuesday 23 August Melk Abbey

Fly from London Heathrow or Manchester Continue sailing downstream during the or make your way to Passau independently. morning through one of the most beautiful For travel options, see page 15. stretches of the Danube. The first of the talks is scheduled for after breakfast. The ship is ready for boarding from 4.00pm. Afternoon tea is available upon In the early afternoon, the domed abbey of arrival. Melk appears ahead on an outcrop beside the river. Its formidable bulk presents Piled up on promontories at the to the world an image of awesome confluence of three rivers, the Bavarian power, and there is no diminution of this city of Passau is crammed with historic impression inside. Stone, stucco, paint, buildings, dominated by the great gold and all the media at the disposal of Baroque cathedral. It was one of the craftsmen and artists in the 18th century most important episcopal seats in Central combine to create some of the giddiest Europe and served as a refuge for the heights ever attained in Baroque art. Habsburg court in times of danger. A tour of the abbey passes through a The ship sails at 6.30pm. A reception is sequence of ceremonial courtyards, guest followed by dinner. apartments, hall and library, culminating in a church of unsurpassed decorative richness. Concert, 4.45pm Melk Abbey, Kolomanisaal Ensemble Prisma Wien Thomas Fheodoroff violin Austrian Baroque The concert takes place in the Kolomanisaal, the summer refectory of the abbey. Walls and vault are covered in frescoes by Gaetano Fanti and Paul Troger, the leading fresco specialists of their time in the Austrian empire.

Illustration: Melk Abbey, late 19thcentury wood engraving.

The music is a programme of ‘Austrian’ Baroque music with composers including Schmelzer, Biber, Muffat and Fux. Their life histories well illustrate both the cosmopolitan nature and the wide extent of the Austrian empire.


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The Ensemble Prisma Wien perform with their director, virtuoso violinist Thomas Fheodoroff, who founded the group in 2004. They aim to present music in its purest form by refracting sound into its constituent colours. Performing on period instruments in a variety of formations (eight instrumentalists today), their repertoire stretches from 1600 via Beethoven symphonies to contemporary. They are famed for their enthusiasm, technical brilliance and artistic vision. Return to the ship for dinner and sail overnight to Vienna.


Day 3 Wednesday 24 August Vienna

Wake up at a mooring 20 minutes from the centre of Vienna. Principal seat of the Habsburgs for over 600 years, Vienna became capital of a vast agglomeration of territories that encompassed much of central and eastern Europe. The fabric of the city is a glorious mix of the magnificent and the charming, the imperious and the unpretentious. It remains one of the world’s greatest centres for the arts, and has no rivals for its dominant place in the history of music. Concert, 11.15am Vienna, Votivkirche Vienna Chamber Choir Michael Grohotolsky conductor Schütz, Haydn, Salieri, Schubert, Bruckner Since its founding in 1947, the Wiener Kammerchor (Vienna Chamber Choir) has been an international pioneer for the modern interpretation of choral music. They have performed throughout Austria and at major festivals elsewhere, and several times for our Danube Festival. Today’s concert features music by Anton Bruckner, Franz Schubert, Heinrich Schütz, Joseph Haydn, Michael Haydn, Antonio Salieri, Anton Heiller and Arvo Pärt. The Votivkirche is an imposing Gothic Revival church on the Ringstrasse, designed by Heinrich von Ferstel and in many ways resembling the Stephansdom, Vienna’s cathedral. It was built in thanksgiving for the failure of an assassination attempt on Emperor Franz Josef in 1853 but construction took 25 years.

Day 4 Thursday 25 August Eckartsau, Bratislava

After the morning concert there is a choice of returning to the ship for lunch or of spending time independently in Vienna until the later concert. Concert, 5.15pm Vienna, Albertina Imogen Cooper piano Beethoven We are delighted once again to have engaged Imogen Cooper, one of the outstanding pianists of our time. She trained as a child in Paris and in Vienna under Alfred Brendel before launching into a brilliant international career as soloist, accompanist and concerto performer. She was created Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2021 Birthday Honours. The recital is devoted to Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations Op.120. Among his late compositions, with a playing time of an hour the piece is his most monumental work for the piano.

The ship moors in the early hours in the little Austrian town of Hainburg. Haydn went to school here. Disembark for the short drive to Schloss Eckartsau. Though only 25 miles from Vienna, the Marchfeld is surprisingly rural, an alluvial plain ringed by mountains, and significant in Austrian history as a hunting ground and field of battle. Recital, 11.00am Schloss Eckartsau Roderick Williams obe baritone Susie Allan piano Roderick Williams is one of the most celebrated baritones of his generation. He performs a wide repertoire from Baroque to contemporary, in the opera house and on the concert platform, in Britain and across the world. His musical partnership with Susie Allan stretches over 20 years; she is one of today’s most perceptive accompanists, and performs with many international vocal soloists.

The Albertina was the home of Duke Albrecht (Albert) von Sachsen-Teschen, son-in-law of Empress Maria Theresia. A connoisseur of the arts, his purchases form the kernal of one of the world’s greatest collections of prints and drawings. The concert takes place in the serene and lightfilled Hall of the Muses dating to the 1820s and designed by Joseph Kornhäusel, the leading Viennese architect of the time.

The programme is to be confirmed.

Dinner on board while sailing downstream.

Sail downstream to Bratislava.

Schloss Eckartsau is an enchanting Baroque hunting lodge which was extended for Archduke Franz Ferdinand (he of the Sarajevo assassination in 1914) and became the final Austrian residence of Charles, the last Emperor of Austria. It is now headquarters of the state forestry institution.

Now capital of Slovakia, Bratislava was for seventy years the second city of Czechoslovakia and for three hundred





Day 5 Friday 26 August Vienna

years before that the capital (as Pressburg) of the Habsburg rump of Hungary while Ottoman Turks occupied most of the country. Its compact historic centre is a dense mesh of unspoilt streets, squares and restored façades. There is a choice of museums and historic buildings to visit before an early-evening concert.

Moor again at Nussdorf in Vienna. Much of the day is free to explore the city and visit a museum or two. The Kunsthistorisches Museum should not be missed, the Belvedere Palace has paintings by Klimt, the Beethoven apartment is fascinating, MAK an exciting museum of decorative arts. We will give guidance.

Concert, 5.00pm Bratislava, Primatial Palace Minetti String Quartet Haydn, Dvořák, Tröndle

Concert, 4.45pm Vienna, Palais Ferstel Haydn Philharmonic Enrico Onofri conductor Selina Ott trumpet Haydn, Mozart

Since its foundation 18 years ago, the Minetti Quartet has won innumerable prizes and awards, travelled widely on four continents, performed in many of the most prestigious concert halls in Europe and is honoured in Vienna with its own annual concert series. One of Austria’s foremost chamber groups, in other words. Of the many mansions in Bratislava, the grandest is the Primatial Palace, formerly the seat of the Archbishop of Hungary and now the Town Hall. It was completed in 1781 to designs by Melchior Hefele. The concert takes place in the Mirror Hall, the main reception room. In acknowledgement of its location towards the eastern parts of the AustroHungarian empire, the programme includes quartets by Haydn (String Quartet in G, Op.77 No.1) and Antonín Dvořák (No.12 in F major, Op.96, ‘American’). There is also a piece by Angelika Tröndle, a young Austrian composer.

The concert takes place at the Palais Ferstel, an opulent neo-medieval building of the 1860s. It cleverly accommodated a stock exchange (the concert is in the dealing room), a bank, offices, shops and the famous Café Central, its lavishness manifesting the return of confidence and prosperity after the shocks of 1848 (revolutions) and before the further shock of 1866 (the Prussian war). It is named after its architect, Heinrich Ferstel (designer also of the Votivkirche).

Illustration: Vienna, Palais Ferstel, wood engraving 1890.

The programme: Joseph Haydn’s brilliant Trumpet Concerto, the rarely heard Symphony No. 39 in C by Michael Haydn and the magnificent ‘Jupiter’ Symphony in C by Mozart. Dinner on board, though lingering in Vienna is an option. Sail upstream in the early morning.

Return to the ship for dinner and sail upstream overnight to Vienna.


The Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra was founded by Adam Fischer in 1987 to bring together musicians from both sides of the Iron Curtain, a serious challenge at the time. One result was their recording of all Haydn’s symphonies. The highest critical acclaim accrued, leading to touring world-wide. They have been renamed the Haydn Philharmonic. The guest conductor, baroque violin specialist Enrico Onofri, has worked with many orchestras across Europe including the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra.

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Day 6 Saturday 27 August Atzenbrugg, Dürnstein

Moor at Tulln and drive through charming countryside to the village of Atzenbrugg. Concert at 10.30am or 11.50am Schloss Atzenbrugg Amatis Piano Trio Schubert A modest 17th-century manor house, Schloss Atzenbrugg was at the centre of an estate which was administered by the uncle of one of Franz Schubert’s circle, Franz von Schober. Schubert and friends holidayed here in July 1820, 1821 and 1822, and indulged in entertainments of the sort which came to be known as ‘Schubertiade’. The Amatis Piano Trio play just one piece, Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat (D929), one of his last and most profound works. The performance is repeated as the hall is too small to accommodate all the audience in one sitting. The Amatis is outstanding among young chamber groups, highly skilled, of course, but also demonstrating exceptional musicality. It was founded in Amsterdam in 2014, has been based in Paris and London and is now resident in Salzburg. Early in its career it won prestigious prizes in Amsterdam (2014) and London (2015) and the group was quickly taken up by major concert halls and festivals across Europe.

Day 7 Sunday 28 August Linz

Return to the ship, which during the afternoon passes through some of the most gorgeous riverine landscape in Europe, culminating in the wine-producing region of the Wachau. Moor at Dürnstein, perhaps the loveliest little town on the Danube. An enchanting Baroque church tower perched above the river signals the monastery, venue for the evening concert. Recital, 6.15pm Dürnstein Abbey, Prälatensaal Andreas Staier fortepiano Haydn, Mozart, Schubert Andreas Staier first achieved fame as a harpsichordist before becoming one of the very finest among the select band of fortepiano players. He performs at numerous music festivals worldwide both as a soloist and with ensembles, such as the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Concerto Köln. The programme: Mozart’s Fantasie in C minor K475; Joseph Haydn’s Piano Sonata in Eb major Hob. XVl.49 and Variations in F minor Hob.XVII/6; and Schubert’s Piano Sonata in Bb major D.960. The Prälatensaal is a small hall with frescoed walls, painted wooden ceiling and windows onto the river, an appropriately intimate setting for music which was composed in the expectation of a few dozen listeners at most.

Arrive in Linz towards the end of the morning. The historic capital of Upper Austria, Linz is a picturesque maze of streets, alleys and historic buildings grouped around a huge market square, only yards from the mooring. There is time for some independent exploration before the afternoon concert. Concert, 4.00pm Linz, Palais Kaufmännischer Verein Amatis Piano Trio Beethoven, Brahms The Amatis Piano (see Day 6) provide the final concert. Brahms’s Piano Trio No.1 is on the menu, but negotiations are continuing at the time of writing about what exactly the rest of the programme will consist of. The Palais Kaufmännischer Verein, opened in 1898, is a building of a sort that was a peculiarity of the Habsburg Empire, a suite of richly ornamented rooms and halls for meetings, receptions, balls and concerts. The concert is in the Bildersaal, so called because of wall paintings of historic scenes. Sail upstream overnight from Linz to Passau, with a reception and dinner against a backdrop of river and wooded hills receding into the dusk.

Sail overnight to Linz.





Day 8 Monday 29 August Passau, Munich



Private. All the performances are planned and administered by us, and the audience consists exclusively of those who have taken the festival package. Seating. Specific seats are not reserved. You sit where you want.

The ship moors at Passau and coaches leave for Munich city centre and the airport between 8.30 and 9.30am. See page 15 for the options available for return travel to London. Selecting Option 2 allows for an afternoon of independent sightseeing in Munich.

Illustration: Linz, main square and Old Cathedral, aquatint c. 1930.

Acoustics. This festival is more concerned with locale and authenticity than with acoustic perfection. The venues may have idiosyncrasies or reverberations of the sort not found in modern concert halls. Changes. Musicians fall ill, venues may close for repairs, airlines alter schedules: there are many circumstances which could necessitate changes to the programme. We ask you to be understanding should they occur. Floods and droughts. We cannot rule out changes to the programme arising from exceptionally high or low water levels on the Danube, either of which may bring river traffic to a halt. These might necessitate more travel by coach or the loss of a concert, though we would always try to minimise the impact on the itinerary.

Fitness for the festival Quite a lot of walking is necessary to reach the concert venues and to get around the towns visited. The ship has a lift, but some of the venues do not. Participants need to be averagely fit, sure-footed and able to manage everyday walking and stairclimbing without difficulty. We ask that you take the simple fitness tests on page 16 before booking. If you have a medical condition or a disability which may affect your holiday or necessitate special arrangements being made for you, please discuss these with us before booking – or, if the condition develops or changes subsequently, as soon as possible before departure.


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Richard Wigmore is a music writer, lecturer and broadcaster for BBC Radio 3. He writes for BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone and has taught classes in Lieder history and interpretation at Guildhall College of Music & Drama, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance and Birkbeck College. He read French and German at Cambridge and later studied Music at Guildhall. His publications include Schubert: The Complete Song Texts and Pocket Guide to Haydn.


KING LUDWIG II & THE WITTELSBACH PALACES OF BAVARIA Pre-festival tour: 17–22 August 2022 (mi 448) 6 days • £2,810 Speaker: Tom Abbott

Explore eight royal palaces and castles set against the breathtaking backdrop of Germany’s most beautiful state. Learn about the lives, loves and legacies of King Ludwig II and the House of Wittelsbach, rulers of Bavaria for over 700 years.

of art and sumptuous interiors of the highest importance, especially the Rococo interiors and the Cuvilliés Theatre (subject to conf irmation as the theatre can close for rehearsals at short notice). Free afternoon.

Day 3: Nymphenburg, Linderhof, Murnau. Drive to the city’s outskirts and the palace and park of Nymphenburg, birthplace of Art and architecture from the Renaissance Ludwig II. An extensive complex including through to Late Romanticism, much of it bathhouses and the Rococo Amalienburg opulent and theatrical. lodge. After lunch drive to Ettal, site of the only one of Ludwig II’s commissioned Speaker Tom Abbott is a specialist in castles to have been completed. 1870s architectural history from the Baroque to Linderhof was reputed to have been the 20th century. the King’s favourite castle; it draws, like Herrenchiemsee, on French influences, lavish interiors in Renaissance and Baroque ITINERARY styles, extravagant terrace gardens and Oriental adornments. First of three nights Day 1: Schleissheim, Munich. Fly at in Murnau am Staffelsee. c. 9.00am from London Heathrow to Munich (British Airways). Between Day 4: Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein. airport and city, the palace and garden Drive south to Hohenschwangau castle, at Schleissheim form a rare ensemble site of Ludwig II’s childhood, owned of Baroque taste from an early 17thby his parents Maximilian II of Bavaria century retreat, through the 1684 and Princess Marie of Prussia. Majestic Lustheim pavilion at the far end of a lakeside Alpine location, frescoes featuring canal of absolutist straightness, to the medieval Swan-Knight Lohengrin which magnificent Neues Schloss, begun 1701 led to Ludwig II’s obsession with Wagner. but whose progress continued haltingly Then continue to Neuschwanstein, the into the Rococo period. There is a famous fairytale turreted castle ordered gallery of Baroque art, sculpted stucco of exceptional quality in the state apartments, by Ludwig II in homage to Wagner though Hofgarten (Court Garden) and a collection never completed. of Meissen porcelain in Schloss Lustheim. Day 5: Herrenchiemsee. In the countryside First of two nights in Munich. southeast of Munich and surrounded by a park, woodland and a great lake, Schloss Day 2: Munich. The Residenz in the city Herrenchiemsee is a copy of Versailles. centre was principal Wittelsbach palace Ludwig II’s megalomaniac hymn of homage and seat of government; a magnificent to the absolutism of Louis XIV, his final sprawl of buildings, courtyards, state folly, brought the Bavarian state to the apartments and museums of every brink of bankruptcy. period from Renaissance to the end of the 19th century. There are fine works WWW.MARTINRANDALL.COM

Day 6: Berg, Starnberg. Leave Murnau, drive to Berg and the mock Gothic castle to which Ludwig II retreated from his ministers, and where he was placed under house arrest after his forced abdication in 1886 on grounds of insanity. Lake Starnberg surrounds the castle and is the scene of Ludwig II’s death and that of his doctor, officially by drowning. Visit the Memorial Chapel and have lunch in Starnberg. Transfer by coach to Munich Airport, from where festival participants continue to Passau to board the ship. (Non-festival participants fly to London Heathrow, arriving at c. 5.45pm.)

PRACTICALITIES Price, per person. Two sharing: £2,810 or £2,580 without flights. Single occupancy: £3,310 or £3,080 without flights. Included: flights; private coach throughout; accommodation; breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners with wine; admissions; tips; taxes; services of the lecturer and tour manager. Accommodation. Hotel Torbräu, Munich ( Hotel Alpenhof, Murnau ( How strenuous? This is a strenuous tour with long coach journeys and a lot of walking and standing. Average distance by coach per day: 65 miles. Group size: 10 –22 participants.

Illustration: Linderhof, wood engraving c. 1880.






Launched in 2019, the Amadeus Star is one of the most comfortable cruisers on the waterways of Europe. The multinational crew is dedicated to the highest standards of service.

Haydn deck – lowest Two sharing: £3,310 per person Single occupancy: £3,910

Cabins on the top decks (Mozart and Strauss) are the most desirable, with floorto-ceiling windows which slide open and minibars. There are twelve suites (Mozart) measuring 26m 2 with a corner sofa area and small balcony. Cabins on the lowest With a floor area of 16m 2 (Haydn deck) or (Haydn) deck have smaller windows which 17m 2 (Strauss and Mozart decks) the cabins don’t open. There are no single cabins as are reasonably spacious by the standards such but we are allocating some twin-bed of river cruisers. All have windows to the cabins for single occupancy. outside and are equipped with the facilities one would expect of a first-class hotel such The public areas include the lounge and as adjustable air-conditioning, telephone, bar, a library area and a restaurant that can TV and safe. seat everyone at a single sitting. The sun deck has a tented area for shade. Bathrooms have showers only. Special attention has been paid to noise insulation. In layout and furnishings the cabins are identical, the significant differences being the size of windows and height above water level (higher cabins enjoy better views and fewer stairs).

Strauss deck – middle Two sharing: £3,990 per person Single occupancy: £4,710 Mozart deck – top Two sharing: £4,440 per person Single occupancy: £5,240 Suites – Mozart deck Two sharing: £5,260 per person Not available for single occupancy No flights: if you choose not to take one of the flight options on page 15, there is a price reduction of £190 per person.

Left to right: Mozart Deck Suite (26m 2) Strauss/ Mozart Deck cabin (17m 2) Haydn Deck cabin (16m 2)


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Flights with Lufthansa from London or Manchester to Munich are included in the price. Or you can choose to make your own arrangements for travel to and from the festival, for which there is a price reduction.

FESTIVAL FLIGHT OPTIONS OPTION 1: Heathrow, lunch at Landshut Monday 22nd August: London Heathrow to Munich (LH 2471) departing at 09.00 and arriving at 11.50. Break the drive to Passau with lunch at Landshut, a former capital of Bavaria. There are two hours here; it should be possible to see the main street with its Renaissance and Baroque house fronts, the great Gothic church of St Martin or the precociously Italianate Renaissance ducal palace. Monday 29th August: Munich to London Heathrow (LH 2476) departing at 14.45 and arriving at 15.45. OPTION 2: Heathrow, free time in Munich Monday 22nd August: London Heathrow to Munich (LH 2473) departing at 10.55 and arriving at 13.45. Drive directly from the airport to the ship at Passau, a journey of under two hours. Monday 29th August: Munich to London Heathrow (LH 2480) departing at 18.40 and arriving at 19.40. Coaches take you first to the centre of Munich, where you have about four hours of free time. OPTION 3: Manchester Monday 22nd August: Manchester to Munich (LH 2501) departing at 10.45 and arriving at 13.40. Drive directly from the airport to the ship at Passau, a journey of under two hours. Monday 29th August: Munich to London Manchester (LH 2502) departing at 15.55 and arriving at 17.00. Coaches take you first to the centre of Munich, where you have about two hours of free time.

FLIGHTS FROM OTHER DESTINATIONS It may be possible to book individual flights from alternative destinations – please contact us to discuss your requirements.

RAIL OPTION OPTION 4: by rail It is possible to travel by train from London to Passau, c. 16 hours outbound via Brussels and overnight, arriving early Monday morning. The return journey takes c. 12 hours via Frankfurt and Brussels. Contact us for more information.

PRE-FESTIVAL TOUR The price for pre-festival tour King Ludwig II includes the option of a return flight – out at the start of the tour, and back at the end of the festival. All pre-festival tour participants return to the UK on festival flight option 1. We charge for flights, if you are taking them, as part of your pre-festival tour booking. You therefore pay the ‘no flights’ price for the festival. See pages 13 for full details of the tour.

THE NO GROUP TRAVEL OPTION You can choose not to take any of our flight options and to make your own arrangements for joining and leaving the ship. You are welcome to join our airport coach transfers if your flights or trains coincide with any of the options above.

Illustration: After a drawing of 1897.

Price reduction for ‘no flights’: £190.








We recommend that you contact us first to make a booking option which we will hold for seven days. To confirm it please send the booking form and deposit within this period – the deposit is 10% of your total booking price.

Upon receipt of the booking form and deposit we shall send you confirmation of your booking. After this your deposit is non-returnable except in the special circumstances mentioned in the Booking Conditions. Further details about the festival may also be sent at this stage, or will follow shortly afterwards.

We ask that you take the following tests before committing to a booking:

2. DEFINITE BOOKING Fill in the booking form and send it to us with the deposit. It is important that you read the Booking Conditions at this stage (see page 19), and that you sign the booking form. Full payment is required if you are booking within ten weeks of departure.

Please also read ‘fitness for the festival’ on page 12. By signing the booking form, you conf irm that you have taken these tests. 1. C hair stands. Sit in a dining chair, with arms folded and hands on opposite shoulders. Stand up and sit down at least eight times in 30 seconds. 2. S tep test. Mark a wall at a height that is halfway between your knee and your hip bone. Raise each knee in turn to the mark at least 60 times in two minutes. 3. A gility test. Place an object three yards from the edge of a chair, sit, and record the time it takes to stand up, walk to the object and sit back down. You should be able to do this in under seven seconds. An additional indication of the f itness required is that you should be able to walk unaided at a pace of three miles per hour for at least half an hour at a time, and to stand for at least 30 minutes.

Illustration: Melk Abbey, engraving c. 1850.


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KING LUDWIG II 17–22 August 2022 (mi 448) Room type – please tick: Double for sole use Double – two sharing Twin – two sharing Flights – please tick: Group flights: out with the pre-festival tour group and returning with the festival No flights: making your own way to the start of the tour, and onwards at the end of the festival

Option 1: London Heathrow; lunch in Landshut on day 1 Option 2: London Heathrow; free time in Munich on day 8 Option 3: Manchester Option 4: by rail No travel: making your own way to and from the ship.

FURTHER INFORMATION. Please notify us of dietary restrictions (for example, religious, medical or if you are vegetarian or vegan). Please also use this space to let us know if you wish to request flight upgrades etc.


PASSPORT DETAILS & NEXT OF KIN Essential for airlines and the ship, and in case of emergency. Please use capital letters for your passport details. Title


Date of birth (dd/mm/yy)


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Passport number

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PAYMENT We prefer payments by bank transfer. We cannot currently accept payment through our website. All money paid to us is fully protected regardless of payment method. Please tick one option: BANK TRANSFER. Please use your surname and the festival code (mi 450) as a reference and ask your bank to allow for all charges. Account name: Martin Randall Travel Ltd. Bank: Barclays, 1 Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HP. Account number: 4054 4558. Sort code: 20-96-63. Transfers from non-UK bank accounts: please instruct your bank to send payment in pound sterling (GBP). IBAN: GB19 BARC 2096 6340 5445 58. Swift/BIC code: BARC GB22. DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD. I authorise Martin Randall Travel to contact me by telephone to take payment from my Visa credit/ Visa debit/Mastercard/AMEX.

Please tick payment amount: EITHER Deposit 10% of total booking cost. OR Full balance Required if you are booking within 10 weeks of departure. Carbon offset donation: tick to add £5 per person. If you are taking our festival flights and wish to make a donation to the India Solar Water Heating project, please tick (visit www. for details). TOTAL: £

USING CREDIT. Please tick this box if you are transferring funds from a booking affected by Covid-19 (ie. from a cancelled tour or festival) or a refund credit note. I have read and agree to the Booking Conditions and Privacy Policy ( on behalf of all listed on this form.

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Contact the London office from the USA and Canada: Tel 1 800 988 6168 (toll free)

Martin Randall Australasia PO Box 1024 Indooroopilly QLD 4068, Australia Tel 1300 55 95 95 New Zealand 0800 877 622


BOOKING CONDITIONS PLEASE READ THESE You need to sign your assent to these booking conditions on the booking form. OUR PROMISES TO YOU —W e aim to be fair, reasonable and sympathetic in all our dealings with clients, and to act always with integrity. —W e will meet all our legal and regulatory responsibilities, usually going far beyond the minimum obligations. —W e aim to provide full and accurate information about our holidays. If there are changes, we will tell you promptly. — I f something does go wrong, we will try to put it right. Our overriding aim is to ensure that every client is satisfied with our services. WHAT WE ASK OF YOU That you read the information we send to you. SPECIFIC TERMS Our contract with you. From the time we receive your signed booking form and initial payment, a contract exists between you and Martin Randall Travel Ltd. Eligibility. You must be in good health and have a level of fitness that would not impair other participants’ enjoyment by slowing them down or by absorbing disproportionate attention from the festival leaders. Please read ‘Fitness’ (on page 12) and take the selfassessment tests described on page 16; by signing the booking form you are stating that you have passed these tests. If during the festival it transpires, in the judgement of the festival leaders, that you are not able to cope, you may be asked to opt out of certain visits or to leave the festival altogether. This would be at your own expense. We reserve the right to refuse to accept a booking without necessarily giving a reason. Foreign Office advice. Before booking, please refer to the FCO website – – to ensure you understand the travel advice for the places to which the festival goes. Non-UK citizens should look at the advice issued by their governments, which may differ significantly. Insurance. It is a requirement of booking that you have adequate holiday insurance cover. The insurance must cover, at minimum, medical treatment, repatriation, loss of property and loss of payments to us in the event that you cancel the festival. If you are making your own arrangements for international travel, please ensure you have insurance that protects you in the rare event of Martin Randall Travel cancelling the festival. Experience indicates that free travel insurance offered by some credit card companies is not to be relied upon. Passports and visas. British passports should be valid for at least six months beyond the end of the festival or tour. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years will not count towards the 6 months needed. Nationals of other countries

should check passport and visa requirements with the relevant consulates. If you cancel. If you have to withdraw from a festival on which you had booked, there would be a charge which varies according to the period of notice you give. Up to 57 days before the festival the deposit would be forfeited. Thereafter a percentage of the total cost of the festival will be due: up to 57 days: between 56 and 29 days: between 28 and 15 days: between 14 days and 3 days: within 48 hours:

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If you cancel your booking in a double or twin cabin but are travelling with a companion who chooses to continue to participate in the festival, the companion would have to pay the single-occupancy price. We take as the day of cancellation that on which we receive written confirmation of cancellation. If we cancel the festival. We may decide to cancel a festival if there were insufficient bookings for it to be viable (though this would always be more than eight weeks before departure). We would refund you with everything you had paid us. Safety and security. Cancellation may also occur if civil unrest, war, natural disaster or other circumstances amounting to force majeure arise in the region to which the festival was due to go. If the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against travel, we would either cancel or adjust the itinerary to avoid risky areas. Health and safety. We have a safety auditing process in place and, as a minimum, request that all of our suppliers comply with local health and safety regulations. We ask that you take note of the safety information we provide. The limits of our liabilities. As principal, we accept responsibility for all ingredients of a festival, except those in which the principle of force majeure prevails. Our obligations and responsibilities are also limited where international conventions apply in respect of air, sea or rail carriers, including the Warsaw Convention and its various updates. If we make changes. Circumstances might arise which prevent us from operating a festival or event exactly as advertised. We would try to devise a satisfactory alternative, but if the change represents a significant loss to the festival we would offer compensation. If you decide to cancel because the alternative we offer is not in your view an adequate substitute, we would give a full refund. Financial protection. Any money you have paid to us for a festival which includes an international flight is protected by our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (ATOL, number 3622). Payments for bookings which do not include a flight from/to the UK are protected by ABTA – The Travel Association. So, in the (highly unlikely) event of our insolvency in advance of the festival, you would get your money back, or if we failed after the festival had begun, the festival would be able to continue and you would be returned to the UK at its conclusion. Clients living elsewhere who WWW.MARTINRANDALL.COM

have arranged their own flights should ensure their personal travel insurance covers repatriation in the event of holiday supplier failure. Financial protection: the official text. We are required to publish the following. We provide full financial protection for our package holidays which include international flights, by way of our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number 3622. When you buy an ATOL protected flight inclusive holiday from us you receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. Most of our flights and flightinclusive holidays on our website and in our brochure are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. In order to be protected under the ATOL scheme you need to be in the UK when you make your booking and/or one of the flights you take must originate or terminate in the UK with the group. We provide full financial protection for our package holidays that do not include a flight, by way of a bond held by ABTA The Travel Association. We will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where we aren’t able do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable). If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the nonprovision of the services, including any claim against us (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims maybe re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.

English Law. These conditions form part of your contract with Martin Randall Travel Ltd and are governed by English law. All proceedings shall be within the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales. Privacy. By signing the booking form you are stating that you have read and agree to our Privacy Policy, which can be found online at www.




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MRT aims to produce the best planned, best led and altogether the most fulfilling and enjoyable cultural tours and events available. They focus on art, architecture, archaeology, history, music and gastronomy, and are spread across Britain, continental Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, India, China, Japan and the Americas.

MUSIC ALONG THE DANUBE 22–29 AUGUST 2022 MUSIC IN VENICE 13–18 NOVEMBER 2022 UK SHORT CHAMBER MUSIC BREAKS The Albion Quartet, 4–6 March 2022 The Navarra String Quartet, 1–3 April 2022 Please contact us for more information.

Each year there are about 200 expert-led tours for small groups (usually 10 –20 participants), four or five music festivals (such as this, Music Along the Danube), several history and music weekends and an extensive programme of online talks. For over 30 years the company has led the field through incessant innovation and improvement, setting the benchmarks for itinerary planning, operational systems and service standards. To see our full range of cultural tours and events, please visit

Martin Randall Travel Ltd 10 Barley Mow Passage London W4 4PH United Kingdom Tel +44 (0)20 8742 3355 ATOL 3622 | ABTA Y6050 | AITO 5085

Contact the London office from the USA and Canada: Tel 1 800 988 6168 (toll free)

Martin Randall Australasia PO Box 1024 Indooroopilly QLD 4068, Australia Tel 1300 55 95 95 New Zealand 0800 877 622