24001
England/United States

From Conductors to Composers: Classical Music Aboard QM2

Join world-famous conductor Nic McGegan as you delve into classical music on field trips to London landmarks, during four concerts and while crossing the Atlantic on the QM2.
Program No. 24001RJ
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14 days
13 nights
31 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive London, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Reception
London, England
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: After checking in to the hotel, we’ll have some time to relax and settle in to our rooms before our Orientation meeting. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Adventures Afloat program. In addition to Road Scholar exclusive lectures, field trips, and activities, you are invited to take advantage of activities and events offered by the cruise line that are separate from Road Scholar. Please note that routes, field trips, and excursions are subject to change as weather and sea conditions could require altering the itinerary and/or the progress of the ship, making it run late and possibly miss ports if it cannot dock. The operators reserve the right to change the itinerary and the content of field trips and excursions if/as needed due to local circumstances. This program is staffed with both a Group Leader, who will accompany us throughout the program and deal primarily with logistics, and a Study Leader — Nic McGegan, now Principal Guest Conductor of the Pasadena Symphony after having spent 34 years as Music Director of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale — who will lecture, conduct field trips, and serve as an information resource on program-related topics. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
London Music, Foundling Museum, Covent Garden, Concert
London, England
B,L
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 5 miles, approximately 1.5 hours. Walking about 2.5 miles, periods of standing. Paved streets, some cobbled areas.

Breakfast: In the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers a variety of choices such as eggs, bacon, sausages, hash brown, tomatoes, mushrooms, make-your-own muesli, cereals, pastries, toast, milk, juices, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Our Study Leader’s lecture series will begin at the hotel with an introduction to the London music scene. After the lecture, we’ll board a motorcoach and ride to the Foundling Museum on Brunswick Square. This museum presents the story of the Foundling Hospital, established in 1739 by philanthropist Thomas Coram as a home for abandoned children, but also holds significant collections of artworks and documents including the Gerald Coke Handel Collection of more than 12,000 items, which we’ll explore with our Study Leader.

Lunch: At a local restaurant we’ll have a 2-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll board a motorcoach and ride to Covent Garden, where we’ll take a walk with our Study Leader through this vibrant area which evolved from a 13th century walled garden tended by the monks of Westminster Abbey. Today it is a bustling center of cultural and social life, but the Covent Garden known to the European composers who made their bases in London in the 18th and 19th centuries was a less salubrious place, where taverns, theaters and coffee houses provided opportunities for debauchery of all kinds. During our exploration of the area we’ll see the exterior of the Royal Opera House. As is the case for many of London’s historic performance venues, the Royal Opera House has been rebuilt or repaired on multiple occasions after suffering fires. The first theater on the site was the venue for premieres of Handel’s operas, and we’ll learn more about Handel’s involvement in the early years of the institution from commentary on its history by our Study Leader.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: We’ll board a motorcoach at the hotel and ride to one of London’s renowned concert venues, where we’ll attend a performance. Our program was planned far in advance when details of performances were not available. When confirmed, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment.

DAY
4
Wigmore Hall, Handel House, Concert
London, England
B,L
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 5 miles, approximately 1.5 hours. Walking about 2 miles, periods of standing. Paved streets, some cobbled areas; step-free access is available to all public areas in Handel House, the original wooden floors are uneven and are not suitable for stiletto or leather-soled shoes.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll begin the morning with some time for independent exploration. You may wish to experience choral and organ music in a service at one of the nearby churches; our Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and directions. In the late morning we’ll board a motorcoach at the hotel and ride to Wigmore Hall, an intimate venue specializing in chamber music and early music, where we’ll attend a concert.

Lunch: At Wigmore Hall we’ll have a 2-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll walk to nearby Brook Street, location of the townhouse in which Handel lived from 1723 until his death in 1759. The house is now a museum, and during our docent-led field trip we’ll gain insight into Handel’s life and work there. In addition to being the place in which he composed many of his most well-known works, the house was used as a rehearsal venue when the Covent Garden Theatre was unavailable, and it was also frequently visited by Handel’s subscribers who collected scores and season tickets in the parlor.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: We’ll board a motorcoach at the hotel to attend a performance at another of London’s many concert venues. Our program was planned far in advance when details of performances were not available. When confirmed, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment.

DAY
5
Fenton House and Gardens, Free Time, Concert
London, England
B,L,D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 12 miles, approximately 2 hours. Walking approximately 2 miles, periods of standing. Paved streets, gravel paths, grass lawns; steps to some areas at Fenton House. Extent of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach and ride to Hampstead in north London for a field trip to the National Trust's Fenton House, considered one of London’s hidden treasures. The 17th-century house is home to the Benton Fletcher Collection of early keyboard instruments, including harpsichords, spinets, virginals and a clavichord. The collection is kept in playable condition, and the curators work with visiting professional and student musicians to allow them to play pieces written for these comparatively rare instruments. We’ll also have some time to explore the 300-year-old walled garden, with formal and informal plantings including topiary, a sunken rose garden, a kitchen garden and an historic apple orchard with 32 species of apples and pears.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Hampstead we’ll have a 2-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Free time. This block of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. We’ll have some time for independent exploration in Hampstead until mid-afternoon, when we’ll return to the hotel by motorcoach for some more free time in central London before dinner.

Dinner: At a local restaurant we’ll have a 3-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: We’ll board a motorcoach and ride to another of London’s concert venues for a performance. Our program was planned far in advance when details of performances were not available. When confirmed, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment.

DAY
6
Backstage at a Concert Hall, Free Time
London, England
B,D
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 2 miles, approximately 1/2 hour. Paved streets, some cobbled areas. Extent of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: We’ll board a motorcoach and ride to one of London’s major concert halls, for an expert-led insight into the crucial behind-the-scenes work that brings orchestral pieces from score to stage.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time to continue your independent explorations in central London.

Dinner: At the hotel we’ll have a 3-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
7
Transfer to Southampton, Embark Ship
At Sea
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 85 miles, approximately 3 hours. Extent of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: Hotel buffet.

Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we’ll board a motorcoach to begin our transfer to the ship in port at Southampton.

Lunch: At a local eatery en route we’ll have a light lunch with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We’ll board the motorcoach to complete our transfer to Southampton. Upon arrival, we’ll complete embarkation procedures and board the Queen Mary 2. Take some time to settle in and begin to familiarize yourself with the ship. When the mandatory Safety Drill is announced, we will join everyone on board in participating, so please listen for the announcement.

Dinner: In the Britannia Restaurant, choose from the extensive menu offering multiple choices for appetizers and soups, salads, entrées, and dessert as well as tea, coffee and water; other beverages available for purchase. It’s impossible not to feel special making a dramatic entrance down the grand staircase. Dining aboard the Queen Mary 2, breakfast and lunch are in the venue of your choosing. Traditional afternoon tea is served each day in the Queens Room. Road Scholars are invited to have dinner together in the Britannia Restaurant. Snacks along with juice, tea, coffee, water are available 24 hours a day at the buffet restaurants; and there is 24-hour room service.

Evening: At leisure. The Queen Mary 2 is a floating city. The available activities and entertainment are many and varied. You might like to see a show in the ballroom, go dancing, listen to music, watch a movie in the theatre, have a beverage and chat with new Road Scholar friends in one of the bars, or wander through the library — one of the best shipboard libraries anywhere — to find a book and curl up in that perfect reading chair.

DAY
8
At Sea, The Conductor’s Role, Free Time
At Sea
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Activity note: Extent of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing. Select one of the King’s Court dining options on Deck 7, go down to the Britannia Restaurant, or relax with breakfast in your stateroom as you watch the televised descriptions of the day’s activities aboard ship.

Morning: In our private lecture room, our Study Leader will begin our onboard lecture series exclusively for our Road Scholar group, providing enlightenment and insights into the world of orchestral music. This morning’s lecture will focus on the role of the conductor, with particular reference to our Study Leader’s own life and work in music.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing: the various King’s Court venues, the Britannia Restaurant, a light lunch in the Boardwalk Café (weather permitting), or The Verandah (additional cost).

Afternoon: Free time. Take advantage of a variety of enrichment activities. You might attend a presentation by a guest speaker, take a class such as watercolor painting or ballroom dancing, take a dip in one of the swimming pools, or any of the many other possibilities.

Dinner: Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy a variety of activities on board, from movies to shows or simply enjoying the ambiance of the many themed bars.

DAY
9
At Sea, Royalty and Music, Free Time
At Sea
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Activity note: Extent of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: We’ll continue our musical exploration with our Study Leader. In today’s lecture we’ll consider British royalty’s relationship with music.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Free Time. Weather permitting, you might like to take a leisurely stroll around the Promenade Deck and take in the fresh sea air.

Dinner: Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. You may choose to enjoy a show in the ship’s theatre, practice your dance steps in the ballroom or simply return to your stateroom and enjoy one of the movies screened on the ship’s TV.

DAY
10
At Sea, Visitors to London, Free Time
At Sea
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Activity note: Extent of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Our lecture series will continue, focusing this morning on musical visitors to London, with a particular focus on Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take advantage of the many educational, social and physical activities available, or simply relax in a deck chair with a view of the glistening Atlantic.

Dinner: Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. You may wish to visit the Queen Mary 2’s beautiful theatre, home to nightly productions from stars of stage and screen alike.

DAY
11
At Sea, Handel, Free Time
At Sea
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Activity note: Extent of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: We will gather for another illuminating lecture by our Study Leader, looking in greater depth at Handel’s life and work.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Free time. A perfect opportunity to visit the spellbinding planetarium show, polish your bridge skills during a tournament, or perhaps retreat to the spa for a massage.

Dinner: Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. The Golden Lion, a traditional English pub aboard the QM2, runs a competitive pub quiz — perfect for showing off your newly gained knowledge.

DAY
12
At Sea, Britten and British Music, Free Time
At Sea
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Activity note: Extent of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: We will gather for another fascinating lecture with our Study Leader, examining modern British music and the work of Benjamin Britten.

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Free time. When not performing in the ship’s theatre, members of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art give you the opportunity to flex your acting muscles at daily workshops.

Dinner: Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. The Queen Mary 2 travels with expert sommeliers, who host nightly wine tasting and appreciation events.

DAY
13
At Sea, The Land Without Music, Free Time
At Sea
B,L,D
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

Activity note: Extent of walking and other activities during free time according to personal choice.

Breakfast: In the venue of your choosing.

Morning: Our Study Leader’s onboard series will conclude with an exploration of the idea of England as “the land without music” — a remark made in 1904 by German critic Adolf Hermann Schmitz, which many scholars and musicians have been keen to disprove!

Lunch: In the venue of your choosing.

Afternoon: Free time. You may wish to explore the history of the Cunard Line at a unique exhibition running through the halls of the ship.

Dinner: Britannia Restaurant.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy our last evening onboard and prepare for disembarkation in New York City in the morning.

DAY
14
Disembark Ship, Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Disembarkation is scheduled to take place between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Breakfast: Early in the venue of your choosing.

Morning: We'll complete disembarkation procedures at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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