Music & Culture travel course: London and Leipzig

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London, UK, and Leipzig, Germany (June 3-20, 2016)

2016 poster -reducedThis may be taken for MUSIC 355 credit either in Winter or Spring.

Experience the music and cultural life of London and Leipzig through concerts, museums, galleries and historical sites.

Download the 2016 Travel Course Brochure and Registration Form (PDF)

Program description

Experience the music and cultural life of London and Leipzig from the 16th Century to the present through concerts, museums, galleries and architecture and walking tours. London's cultural life is among the richest in the world, and its over 2,000-year history as a settlement on the shores of the Thames River is everywhere present in its countless archeological sites and ancient buildings and reconstruction, such as the functioning replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. 
Leipzig, Germany, has for centuries been a major centre of learning and culture.  It is the home of the annual Bach Festival and former residence of Bach, Schumann, Mendelssohn, and many other composers.

Tentative partial list of activities


  • Concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican, and other locations
  • Opera at Covent Garden
  • Choral services at Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Excursion to the medieval university town of Cambridge
  • Tours of the British Museum and other museums and galleries


  • Various Bach Festival concerts, including  Bach's St. Matthew Passion conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Mahler's Symphony No.3 performed by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.
  • Visits to the Schumann House and Mendelssohn House museums.


Participants will travel from Toronto’s Pearson Airport on the evening of Friday June 3 and arrive at London Heathrow on Saturday morning.  We will travel from Heathrow to Leipzig on Saturday June 11, and then depart Leipzig for Toronto on the morning of June 20.  It may be possible for students who wish to travel to London earlier than June 3 or to return from Leipzig later than June 20 to make those arrangements through the programme’s travel agent.  Please contact Professor Ken Hull to if you wish to explore this possibility.

Participants should be prepared for a considerable amount of walking and stairs. Elevators are not always available.

Course credit

This course may be taken for credit or interest. Students taking MUSIC 355 for credit need to register in the normal way for either the winter or spring 2016 terms. If you are not a student at the University of Waterloo, transfer credit to your home university is usually possible, and should be arranged through your home university.

Course requirements

Exam on readings and course notes, written before departure

Daily journal kept during the trip

Research paper (due July 30)





The cost of the trip will be approximately $4000.  This includes air fare, accommodation, local transportation, excursions, and all admissions to concerts, museums, etc. and breakfasts while in London.  It does not include lunches, dinners, breakfasts in Leipzig, personal expenses, or the tuition fee if you are taking the course for credit.  Financial aid is available to full-time students taking the course for credit. Submit a written request with your registration form.


Registration is limited to 20 participants and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to students taking the course for credit.  Each participant, whether or not they register for the course for credit, needs to complete and submit a Registration Form included in the 2016 brochure (PDF) along with a deposit of $500, payable to Conrad Grebel University College, to:

Professor Ken Hull,
Conrad Grebel University College
140 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6

The schedule of subsequent payment will be available in early November.

For more information, please contact Professor Ken Hull.

Description | Activities | Travel | Credit | Requirements | Costs | Registration | Contact