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Music and history events

Annabelle's verdict:

Whatever your special interest – from Victorian history to medieval chamber music – a Martin Randall short break offers a unique opportunity to deepen your knowledge. Itineraries are painstakingly put together by experts, ensuring guests enjoy the widest variety of performances and gain unique and fascinating insights in like-minded company.

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Martin Randall Travel says

We are an award-winning cultural tour operator, organising a unique series of all-inclusive music festivals and around 300 tours for small groups every year to the UK and Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, India, China, Japan, Vietnam and the Americas.

Our annual chamber music series in the UK stimulate the mind and enchant aesthetic sensibilities. Engaging some of the finest ensembles of international repute, the events are carefully programmed to provide an illuminating sequence within an overarching theme. In 2019, there are performances from the Heath Quartet and Nash Ensemble, both of which include pre-concert talks by a musicologist.

Our history weekends focus on a particular aspect or period of history, with talks by leading experts, Q&A sessions and plenary discussions. Based in the delightful Castle Hotel in Taunton, our Age of Victoria weekend symposium explores the Victorian era with expert historians, each speaking on their specialist topics including Victorian art, technology, literature, politics and society.

Opt for a package which includes accommodation for two nights and dinners, or select tickets for individual concerts (complimentary interval drinks for all).

Find out more about Martin Randall Travel and our music and history breaks.

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