Itinerary for Aberdeen Scotland, July 2-11, 2004
Mendelssohn's Elijah

Details of this itinerary are likely to be modified as arrangements are finalized. This itinerary is provided as a general outline of activities intended to give a sense of the overall tour and musical experience.



Friday - July 2, 2004

Various times – Flights depart New York and Boston at approximately 8:00pm. and connect through London for the airport in Aberdeen.



Saturday - July 3, 2004

Participants arrive at airport in Aberdeen, Scotland in late morning for transfer to King's Hall, Aberdeen University, Old Aberdeen.

Registration in King's Hall (located at College Bounds and Meston Walk) 11am-1pm

Meeting and Walking Tour - 2:00pm

Group Dinner - 6:00pm




Sunday - July 4, 2004

Breakfast - served daily in Crombie Hall

Free morning for rest or individual exploration ***

Afternoon Excursion to visit Dunnottar Castle (near Stonehaven) and lunch, possible picnic - 12:30pm


Chorus only - 5:30pm
Orchestra only - 7:30pm

We plan a regular, one hour activity, "Ten-ses", most evenings at 10pm. These activities are optional, recreational, and mostly onsite. They will typically consist of a snack (wine, cheese & crackers, tea/coffee, biscuits, etc.) and a bit of Scottish culture!

"Tenses" - Scottish fiddle music & song with Alistair Hardy, violin - 10:00pm



Monday - July 5, 2004

Breakfast - served in Crombie Hall

Morning Excursion - tour castles and gardens in Deeside and Aberdeenshire - 9:00am

The Dee is a salmon river flowing from the Cairngorn Mountains to the sea. Often referred to as "Royal Deeside." Possible stops include: Drum Castle, Crathes Castle and Gardens, Crathie Church (there is a memorial to John Bown, Queen Victoria's manservant), and Balmoral Castle (Royal summer residence).

Group Lunch - 12:00pm

Return to University for rest - 2-3pm

Rehearsal - Chorus only - 6:00pm

"Ten-ses" - snack and introduction to Scottish Country Dancing - 10:00pm



Tuesday - July 6, 2004

Breakfast - served in Crombie Hall

Free day for individual exploration. We are able to suggest galleries, shopping, walks, etc. Please let us help you choose a wonderful way to enjoy your special time. ***


Chorus only - 6:00pm
Orchestra only - 7:30pm

Box dinners provided

"Ten-ses", Land of the Midnight Sun beachwalk!! bonfire? snack - 10:00pm



Wedesday - July 7, 2004

Breakfast - served in Crombie Hall

Morning Excursion - Castles, whisky, and ruins. Castle Fraser, Craigievar, Duffton ("Rome was built on seven hills, Duffton stands on seven stills"). We'll visit one or two distilleries (Glenfiddich and Glenlivet).

Group Lunch at Elgin Cathedral (13th century ruin) - 12:00pm

Return to Aberdeen - 3-4pm.


Chorus only - 6:00pm
Orchestra only - 8:00pm

"Ten-ses" - snack - 10:00pm


Thursday - July 8, 2004

Breakfast - served in Crombie Hall

Morning - choice of Hillwalking tour or Shopping in local wool shops. Box lunches will be given out in the morning.

Dress Rehearsal at St. Machar's Cathedral:

Soloists & orchestra only - 6:00pm
Break - 7:00pm
Everyone - chorus, soloists, orchestra - 7:30pm

"Ten-ses". we will recommend a local pub for gathering -1 0:00pm


Friday - July 9, 2004

Breakfast - served in Crombie Hall

Free day for individual exploration ***

Snack provided - 5:00pm

Concert at St. Machar's Cathedral

Chorus call for warm-up - 5:30pm
Orchestra call - 6:00pm
Soloist call (chorus excused) - 6:30pm
Concert - 7:30pm

Reception following concert



Saturday - July 10, 2004

Breakfast - served in Crombie Hall

Morning - transportation to Aberdeen city center for Galleries, museums and shopping.

Robert Burns evening - featuring dinner, music and dancing - 6:00pm


Sunday - July 11, 2004

Group Breakfast - 9:00 am

Participants depart for the airport in Aberdeen to meet their departing flights.



*** Note:
Special excursions may be arranged upon request. We are happy to help you arrange opportunities or visit destinations of special interest.