• Savonlinna Festival
    This holiday is offered to Friends and Patrons of Scottish Opera, WNO Friends and clients of John Whibley "Holidays with Music" The Finnish Opera Festival is held each year in the courtyard of th...
    Read More 9 - 13 July 2017
  • Buxton Festival
    This beautiful old Peak District spa town, with its gem of an Opera House, has hosted an opera festival for over three decades. It is now recognised as one of our most important festivals and includes...
    Read More 12 - 16 July 2017
  • Three Choirs Festival, Worcester
    The Three Choirs Festival is one of the oldest festivals in the world. For nearly three hundred years the cathedral cities of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester have taken turns to host an annual 'mus...
    Read More 22 - 27 July 2017
  • Lake District Summer Music
    Lake District Summer Music is a well established festival which takes place annually in one of the most spectacular regions of the British Isles, the Lake District National Park.  International a...
    Read More 6 - 11 August 2017
  • Bath Mozartfest
    Bath is such a beautiful city one hardly needs the excuse of a music festival to visit it.  ...
    Read More 14 - 19 November 2017

Welcome to our 2017 holidays

Welcome to our 2017 holidays, which we hope you enjoy reading about.
We have put together an interesting and varied programme, starting with a New Year’s party at Gregynog in Wales. Also in January we have another first to the Valletta Baroque Festival, Malta.  Our “With Richard Wigmore” series starts with Bath Bachfest and will include Schubertiade en Bugey and Bonn Beethovenfest. We will be holding our own chamber music festivals again this year including our “flagship festival” Music in a French Village in Cucugnan, South of France, where we are honoured to have the Aronowitz Ensemble (Tom Poster, Magnus and Guy Johnston, Tom Hankey and others) and the wonderful South African Baritone Njabulo Madlala.
John, Helen or Richard will accompany the groups to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. We normally have some sightseeing with well chosen local guides but this varies according to where we are. Some holidays are quite busy, others are very relaxed, and of course nothing on the schedule is compulsory! It is our policy to give guests plenty of free time. 
Although the holiday arrangements are made by us, we work in association with Specialised Travel Limited and are fully covered by its membership of ABTA and ATOL. 

We hope you will join us!

With best wishes,
    John, Helen and Richard Whibley, 
Catherine Hart, Jo Orme, and Sarah Hussell.

Featured Holidays

Menuhin Festival Gstaad
Menuhin Festival Gstaad : 19 - 24 August 2017

Founded in 1957 by Yehudi Menuhin, The Menuhin Festival Gstaad attracts some of the finest international musicians to perform and to teach at the academy.  This festival is set in the picturesque Bernese Oberland in Switzerland. The concerts are held in local churches and the Festival-Zelt, a l...

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La Fenice, Venice
La Fenice, Venice : 14 - 18 September 2017

Three operas at La FeniceVerdi: La traviata Rossini: L'occasione fa il ladro Puccini: Madame Butterfly   ...

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Callino Festival at Dartington : 18 - 22 September 2017

After a huge success in 2016, we are holding this festival again in 2017 in the Great Hall at Dartington....

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Bonn Beethovenfest with Richard Wigmore
Bonn Beethovenfest with Richard Wigmore : 21 - 25 September 2017

Every year between the end of August and the beginning of October, Beethoven’s native city of Bonn celebrates the Beethovenfest. International orchestras and soloists, major ensembles and promising young performers return regularly to Bonn to take part in this festival. The tradition of Beethoven fe...

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Christmas Oratorio in Leipzig
Christmas Oratorio in Leipzig : 14 - 18 December 2017

Leipzig is the ideal place for a pre-Christmas weekend break. You can hear Bach's Christmas Oratorio in the Thomaskirche, where he was cantor for the last 27 years of his life. There will be plenty of free time to enjoy the famous Christmas Market with its wonderful atmosphere and lots of glühwein t...

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Friends of Opera

Friends of Welsh National Opera
Buxton Festival : 20 - 23 July 2017

This beautiful old Peak District spa town, with its gem of an Opera House, has hosted an opera festival for over three decades. It is now recognised as one of our most important festivals in the UK and includes a lively programme of concerts, talks a...

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Friends and Patrons of Scottish Opera
Opera in Prague : 26 - 31 October 2017

Mozart conducted the first performance of Don Giovanni in Prague’s Estates Theatre on the 29th October 1787. Plácido Domingo will conduct the opera in the same theatre to celebrate its 230th anniversary.  We will also attend 2 operas in the...

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Friends and Patrons of Scottish Opera
Savonlinna : 9 - 13 July 2017

The Finnish Opera Festival is held each year in the courtyard of the atmospheric 15th century castle Olavinlinna. Thousands of opera lovers come from all over the world for this unique musical experience....

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