DUBLIN, IRELAND & LONDON, ENGLAND Dr. Tim Sharp Co-Artistic Director & Conductor Dr. Michael O’Neal Co-Artistic Director & Conductor DECEMBER 26, 2015 - JANUARY 3, 2016 9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS Perform Handel’s Messiah & A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass by Wes Ramsay & Tim Sharp in Dublin and London! HIGHLIGHTS: •Experience locations, artifacts, buildings, and halls related to Handel's activity in the BRITISH ISLES, such as Foundling Hospital, Handel House, and Hanover Square; includes a guided tour of the British Museum •Step Back hundreds of years as we tour the historic cities of London, England and Dublin, Ireland. •London—BUCKINGHAM PALACE including the changing of the guard (if held), WESTMINSTER, HOUSES of PARLIAMENT, BIG BEN, the LONDON EYE, DOWNING STREET, PICCADILLY CIRCUS, and TRAFALGAR SQUARE •Dublin—The famed DUBLIN RIVER and ST PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL. •Celebrate an unforgettable New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in London 45 Ivan Allen Junior Blvd. • Suite. 2307 • Atlanta, GA 30308 www.harmonyinternational.com • [email protected] > Dear Choral Friends and Colleagues, It is a thrill to invite you to our Dublin/London concert tour! From the opening night's dinner which we will host, we know you will sense the uniqueness of this concert and historical journey, all the while having great fun as we perform and travel together. Handel's "Messiah" will become real to you in a new way through this trip, and we will create some very special experiences and memories as we bring American Bluegrass choral music to Ireland and the British Isles. We look forward to preparing all year for this incredible tour and learning experience. Sincerely, Tim Sharp & Michael O’Neal, Co-Artistic Directors WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30: DUBLIN/LONDON This morning, we check out of our Dublin hotel and transfer to the airport for a short ﬂight to London. Upon arrival, we’ll enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of London passing Buckingham Palace, including the changing of the guard (if held), Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, Piccadilly Circus, the London Eye, Trafalgar square and more. Afternoon check-in to our hotel. This evening, we’ll enjoy a performance of A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass led by Tim Sharp in London. Dinner on your own this evening. f THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31: LONDON—NEW YEAR’S EVE! Today we continue our London sightseeing including famous Handel locations such as Hanover Square, Foundling Hospital and the famed British Library. Late afternoon return to the hotel; the rest of the day is at leisure for dinner on your own and to enjoy London’s New Year’s Eve festivities! g FRIDAY, JANUARY 1: LONDON—NEW YEAR’S DAY! Full free day in London to take in the famed London New Year’s Day Parade or for further f sightseeing and shopping. Back in the 20th SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26: DEPARTURE Century in the Parade’s formative years, it was a Depart U.S. airport for an overnight ﬂight to Dublin, Ireland. f relatively humble affair. The ﬁrst "Lord Mayor of SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27: WELCOME TO DUBLIN! Westminster's Big Parade," as it was then known, Morning arrival into Dublin. After passport and took place on January 1, 1987, and even though a lot smaller than today, customs formalities, our professional Irish guides London had never seen anything quite like it. It provided a feast of free will welcome the group. We board our motor entertainment for all the family on what had probably become the coaches and transfer into Dublin. En route to the dreariest day of the year. Featuring hundreds of dancers and musicians hotel we include an orientation tour that takes in from home and abroad, it put real American style razzmatazz onto the streets of London. It received such an overwhelming ‘thumbs up’ from the fascinating historic buildings and Georgian Squares. G.F. Handel ﬁrst th Londoners and tourist, that it looked like it was here to stay. Nearly 25 performed Messiah in Dublin on the 13 of April 1742. Afternoon rehearsals at Christ Church Cathedral. Welcome dinner in the hotel. years later, London's New Year’s Day Parade is the biggest event of its kind f in the world, boasts a street-side audience approaching 1/2 million, MONDAY, DECEMBER 28: DUBLIN receives a huge amount of international media coverage, has a list of After breakfast, we have a full day of sightseeing today beginning in the Patrons that represent the very highest levels of ofﬁcialdom, and also area where Handel’s “Messiah” was ﬁrst performed. Afterwards, we have enjoys the recognition and support of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Put time to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which stands on the oldest Christian site simply, the event has grown from something that started big to something in Dublin where it is said that the Saint baptized converts to the Christian that is now colossal. faith. After some free time for lunch, we’ll ﬁnish our day with a visit to the Old Jameson Distillery where we’ll have a tour that takes you back in time SATURDAY, JANUARY 2: LONDON After breakfast, we will have a guided tour of Westminster Abbey where as you’re led through the fascinating story of Jameson set in a recreated G.F. Handel is buried. During our tour, we see his gravestone and distillery scene. Dinner on your own. Tonight, the ﬁrst monument. After free time for lunch, we’ll take a tour of the Handel House performance of A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass Museum, originally home to the great baroque composer from 1723 until led by Tim Sharp. f 1759. Here he composed some of the greatest music in TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29: DUBLIN history, including Messiah, Zadok the Priest, and Music for This morning, we’ll take a tour of the famed Guinness Royal Fireworks. Late this afternoon, we’ll transfer to Storehouse providing a journey into the world-famous Southwark Cathedral for rehearsal. Situated on the south Guinness brand and company. The historical building bank of the River Thames, the Cathedral has a history of is central to Dublin’s heritage. Its seven ﬂoors tell the over 1,000 years. This evening, we perform story from its origins at St. James Gate in Dublin to its growth as a global Handel’s Messiah at the historic Southwark brand. After some free time for lunch, we return to Christ Church Cathedral Cathedral led by Michael O’Neal. Farewell dinner included at in time to set up and rehearse for tonight’s concert. You’ll have some free a local restaurant. time for a quick dinner on your own before the performance. Evening SUNDAY, JANUARY 3: DEPARTURE performance of Handel’s Messiah at Christ Church Morning transfer to London’s Heathrow airport for return ﬂight to the U.S. Cathedral led by Michael O’Neal. *ITINERARY SUBJECT TO CHANGE* G WHAT’S INCLUDED IN YOUR PROJECT COST? Transportation by motor coach or other transportation as listed in the itinerary (including the one-way ﬂight from Dublin to London on December 30). 2. Concert/Educational/Cultural Arrangements are provided as authorized by local and national and authorities. As such, the performance venue and schedules are subject to their discretion. Sightseeing and cultural activities are scheduled around these signiﬁcant arrangements. (HI is not responsible if inclement weather, local political situations, or changes made by the host concert site are cause for the last minute cancellation or change of a concert.) 3. Accommodations at 3/4-star hotels. The price is based on double/triple occupancy, all rooms with private facilities. Additional charges will apply for single rooms. 4. Breakfast provided each morning; lunch and dinner speciﬁed in the day-by-day itinerary (drinks not included). 5. Sightseeing excursions as outlined in the day-by-day itinerary. Guides also selected based upon experience, referral, knowledge, and ability to deal with people. 6. Assistance from HI staff as requested. Member(s) of the HI staff will be with the group throughout the project and will have a global cell phone for transcontinental use in case of emergencies. 7. A pre-departure HI Travel Packet is available to each participant containing important information about travel preparation, destination information, useful packing, and cultural conditioning suggestions as well as insights and travel documents (if any). 8. A Printed itinerary is given to each individual listing hotel addresses, local contact phone numbers, and HI staff contact procedure. 9. Individual health insurance coverage is included in ALL HI projects covering each individual (see summary of coverage below). 10. Tour Management is conducted by HI working directly with local agencies to establish objectives, develop itineraries, and coordinate all items related to the Tour. 1. Summary of Coverage Accidental Death & Dismemberment!...........................$100,000/Person (Reduced to $10,000 for those under age 12 or over age 70) Disability Income, for 1st through 100th months, Accident!..1,000/Month For 101st through 200th months, Accident!.....................$500/Month For Sickness 50 Month Beneﬁt 3 Month Waiting Period!...............................................$250/Month Medical Expense, $100.00 Deductible!.......................................$10,000 Note: $2,500 of this beneﬁt can be used to meet eligible medical expense incurred in the U.S. Emergency Evacuation!............................................................$100,000 Family Coordination and Repatriation of Mortal Remains!.........$25,000 Medical Assistance (24 Hour Telephone Service) For Assistance with Worldwide Medical Emergencies!.................Included Property (Baggage) Insurance $100.00 Deductible!...................................................................$2,500 Aggregate Limit!..................................................................$2,000,000 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR PROJECT COST? US Passport or process obtaining a passport Meals not speciﬁed in itinerary Tips to guides, drivers (will be collected prior to travel) International airfare Trip Cancellation Insurance Information on optional Trip Cancellation insurance through Travel Guard will be made available to each participant by email upon registration. PRICING PER PARTICIPANT (Based on double/triple occupancy - international airfare not included) COST PER PERSON Optional Single Room Supplement $2793 $627 PAYMENT SCHEDULE Due with Registration $300 per person (non-refundable) By January 15, 2015 $400 per person By March 15, 2015 $400 per person By May 15, 2015 $400 per person By July 15, 2015 $400 per person By September 15, 2015 $400 per person By November 15, 2015 Balance Due The Cost Per Person (each a Participant) is based on prices, tariffs, and exchange rates in effect on the Effective Date, and is subject to change depending on airline schedule, exchange rates and fees at time of booking. HI shall use commercially reasonable efforts to minimize or eliminate any increase, but Participant acknowledges and agrees that such increases are possible. If the Cost Per Person increases by more than 15%, Participant shall have the right to cancel this Agreement and receive a refund of the Cost Per Person (subject to the Terms and Conditions of this Agreement).* CANCELLATION FEE SCHEDULE* No later than 7 days after receipt of registration: $300 retained On/before 180 days prior to departure: 25% of cost per person retained On/before 120 days prior to departure: 50% of cost per person retained On/before 60 days prior to departure: 75% of cost per person retained On/before 30 days prior to departure: 100% of cost per person retained *Subject to Secction 4 under Terms & Conditions WHAT’S MY NEXT STEP? To register each participant must complete ALL the following steps: F STEP 1: Go to www.HarmonyInternational.com STEP 2: Click on “Register for a Project” in the lower right side of the website. STEP 3: From the drop-down menu, choose “HI195 – IRELAND/ENGLAND – Messiah in Dublin and London.” STEP 4: Complete all Registration Information. Items marked with an asterisk (*) denote required information. INSTRUCTIONS FOR PURCHASING AIRFARE F We have not included airfare in the tour cost as prices can vary from airport to airport. Some of you are frequent ﬂyers with an airline and may have the ability to secure airfare using miles or credit card points to save money. If you are not going to book your airfare using frequent ﬂyer miles, please follow the instructions below. Air schedules are not available for purchase until 11 months prior to travel. This means you will not be able to purchase air until after February 4, 2015. Please do not secure your own airfare until instructed to do so by your project manager via e-mail after we have reserved group space. STEP 5: Read and agree to the Terms of Registration. FOR GROUPS OF 15 OR MORE: STEP 6: Click on “Register.” The following webpage will provide a link If you are part of a group of people who are ﬂying from the same point of for you to make your registration payment of $300 by Visa, MasterCard, or departure on the same dates, your project manager will work with the Discover. A receipt will be emailed to you for your payment. leader of your group to secure a group ﬂight. We will work closely with your leader to establish the best point of departure, schedule, and pricing. STEP 7: Sign the PARTICIPANT LETTER OF AGREEMENT and the LIABILITY RELEASE Once these arrangements have been made, information about the ﬂight AGREEMENT. will be communicated to you via email. A couple of notes about group ﬂight purchases: STEP 8: Mail the PARTICIPANT LETTER OF AGREEMENT and LIABILITY RELEASE •Group reservations are booked as round-trip travel in AGREEMENT to: coach/economy class. HARMONY INTERNATIONAL •Seats cannot be pre-assigned by Harmony International with group 45 Ivan Allen Junior Boulevard bookings. Suite 2307 •Group reservations cannot be paid for using frequent ﬂyer points. Atlanta, Georgia 30308 FOR INDIVIDUALS BOOKING YOUR OWN AIRFARE: If you are NOT traveling as part of a group fare, please follow these OR ! Fax forms to (770) 635-8585 guidelines when securing your airfare: •Your ﬂight must arrive into Dublin International Airport (DUB) between 7:00AM and 10:00AM on December 27, 2015. A Harmony OR ! Scan and email forms to ofﬁ[email protected] International representative will be at the airport to great you between these times. If your ﬂight is scheduled to arrive AFTER 10:00AM on December 27, 2014, you may responsible for your own STEP 9: Please note your payment schedule included on the PARTICIPANT transportation to the hotel. LETTER OF AGREEMENT. •Your ﬂight should depart London Heathrow Airport (LHR) between 8:00AM and 12:00PM on January 3, 2016. Flights departing prior to 8:00AM or after 12:00PM may mean you are responsible for your own transportation to the airport from the London hotel or long wait times at the airport. PLEASE NOTE: Your registration for this project is NOT complete until you have fulfilled your $300 registration payment.
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