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Welcome to Martin Randall Travel, the leading specialist in cultural holidays, organising a unique series of all-inclusive music festivals and around 250 tours for small groups every year in the UK and Europe, the Middle East, India, China and the Americas.
Comments from The Rhine Valley Festival of Song, 29 May–5 June 2014:
'Part of the delight of the trip is to hear music in unusual venues, sometimes linked to the composer, and we really appreciated this.' S. & R. M., Berkshire
'We had a very rich musical, scenic and architectural experience.' D. & S. S., Lancashire
'In my diary I ran out of superlatives to describe the concerts - a wonderful selection of composers and singers.' H. B., Kent.
'One of the joys of this kind of holiday is meeting like-minded and interesting people. Hugely enjoyable, life-enhancing experience.' E. M., London.
Lecturers are a key ingredient of our tours and we select them with great care. Their scholarship is unimpeachable but their ability to communicate their learning is equally important. Their brief is to enlighten and stimulate, not merely to inform.
We use the term ‘lecturer’ because it emphasises their primary role. They are also ‘tour leaders’ because they are in charge of the tour, even when accompanied by a tour manager. Though some of what they do might constitute guiding, they are not guides. Being professional academics, writers and curators, the nature of the information they supply is significantly different from that which tour guides usually provide.