19 Dec Magical Madeira to stage Belmond’s first concert in partnership with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Belmond and the London Philharmonic Orchestra present ‘Exceptional Music in Exceptional Locations’ with the first of the concert line-up to take place on 7th December 2017 at Belmond Reid’s Palace, Madeira.
From the subtropical paradise of Belmond Reid’s Palace’s beautiful Palm Garden, against the backdrop of steeply rising sea cliffs; guests are invited to a one-off performance by world-class musicians, as they play music inspired by the property’s incredible setting.
Located along the verdant ‘Garden Isle’ of Madeira, this Grande-Dame of the Atlantic with its pink-lady façade provides the picture-perfect stage for a note-worthy recital. The newly designed lobby, with its detailed high ceilings, crystal chandelier and stylish tea terrace, is a befitting guest introduction to the hotel’s botanical gardens, Madeiran authenticity and epic ocean views.
The concert by Soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra this December celebrates a time-honoured tradition at the hotel that harks back to the glamorous 1920s, when an orchestra would play during bathing hours for the cultural glitterati of composers, artists and politicians of the day.
Nostalgic reflections still feature throughout the hotel, with vintage artwork telling stories of the many famous guests who have stayed – from Captain Scott who called in 1901 on route to the Antarctic, Gregory Peck who stayed during the filming of Moby Dick, to the musical genius of Portuguese pianist and composer José Vianna da Motta who visited in 1895. Today, the hotel celebrates both contemporary and traditional music – with Fado and performances by Madeira Classical Orchestra sounding out through the historic hallways.
SYMPHONY BY THE SEA
Music lovers will delight at the rare opportunity to witness up close the talents and emotion of world-class musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra. A string quartet and clarinettist from the world
famous Orchestra will perform a specially curated programme of chamber music against the dramatic ocean backdrop. Composed in 1891, the same year that Reid’s Palace opened its doors, Brahms’s masterly Clarinet Quintet was aptly selected to complement the lush romanticism of José Vianna da Motta’s String Quartet in E flat major – his warm style inflected with folk flavours of his Portuguese homeland.
Concert-goers can enjoy dinner post performance at Michelin-starred William Restaurant; a special five-course menu can be enjoyed against a backdrop of spectacular panoramic views.
THE CRESCENDO: A FOND FAREWELL
Madeira marks the start of a series of dates to be announced that brings exceptional music to the world’s most inspiring locations, reinforcing the brand’s promise that every journey with Belmond is unforgettable and always an invitation to return. This sentiment is brought to life in ‘A Fond Farewell’ – the last instalment of a series of brand films celebrating ‘The Art of Savoir-Vivre’.
NOTES OF DISTINCTION
Belmond Reid’s Palace’s ‘Exceptional Music in Exceptional Locations’ three-night package is priced at €380 per night and includes the London Philharmonic Orchestra concert tickets and a journey at dawn to Pico de Arieiro to view the sunrise and a luxurious breakfast in the mountains. Price is based on two people sharing a double room.
Local residence or visiting guests are welcome and can book a one-evening-only experience, priced at €130 per person, including drinks reception, concert tickets and dinner at William Restaurant. Prices based on table for two bookings.
Guests who book a Suite for two or more nights over 7th December 2017 will be offered complimentary concert tickets.
For reservations please visit www.belmond.com