[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smDTlpErql4]The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium is proud to announce the return of its Musical Voyage, a curated cruise tour across Europe and North Africa for music aficionados, featuring first class performances.

The biannual cruise features some of the world’s most renowned musicians many of whom are Masters in Residence at the prestigious Music Chapel. The voyage will unite a love of music with a love of travel and discovery aboard ‘The Silver Wind’.

This year the journey will carry passengers to Barcelona, Palma (Majorca), Susa (Tunisia) Malta, the Aeolian Islands, Ravello and Rome; from Tuesday 17th September to Tuesday 24th September. The programme will feature concerts both on board the vessel and on land in stunning venues along the route.

Performers include: Masters in Residence Augustin Dumay, Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Gary Hoffman, with Frank Braley, Serguei Nakariakov, Kate Royal and Christopher Warren-Green, Sinfonia Varsovia, Vlaams Radio Koor, presenting soloists of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.

The musical programme aboard the voyage is what makes it such a truly special occasion. The world-class musicians will serenade the passengers every evening of the trip for what will be a thoroughly intense and truly remarkable classical experience. The aim of the Musical Voyage is to provide a group of informed music lovers with the opportunity to explore the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel from the inside, together with rich and emotive musical experiences, in line with a superb spirit of companionship. For a whole week, several masters in residence and several guest soloists, ten young soloists in residence at the Music Chapel and one of the best chamber orchestras in the world combine their talents to deliver to an enthusiastic audience. This will include meetings, rehearsals, master classes and two daily concerts – one on board, the other on land, always at an exceptional location. Highlights include the inaugural concert in Barcelona at the Casa Llotja de Mar. Passengers from ‘The Silver Wind’ will be welcomed with a programme of Beethoven and Brahms. The artists will be accompanied by the Sinfonia Varsovia, conducted by renowned British conductor Christopher Warren-Green, who leads much of the wonderful music throughout the journey.

The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel

The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, with just 58 young musicians, is one of the most exclusive centres of excellence in Europe, and is renowned for its elite intake and output. It is distinguished by the high level of professional experience received by its young artists; from master-classes with performing musicians at the top of their field – the Masters in Residence, to concert collaborations with leading orchestras and ensembles.

The Silver Wind

Built in 1995 and completely refurnished in 2010, this stunning vessel is 156 metres long weighing 17,500 tons.  It hosts 148 suites of varying sizes, able to carry 200 passengers and features a variety of restaurants, a library, a casino, a string of boutiques, a show lounge, conference room, pool, pool bar, pool grill, panorama lounge, fitness centre, spa, beauty salon, jogging track and an observation lounge to enjoy the wonderful view the ship has to offer.

All-inclusive prices range from €13.500 – €30.000 per suite.