Nights at sea on board a Cunard Line Queen Mary 2 transatlantic crossing have always been filled with Royal Nights themed balls, where guests can dance the night away to a live orchestra. Days on Queen Mary 2 are spent with such leisurely activities as perusing more than 8,000 books in the largest library at sea, enjoying traditional white-gloved afternoon tea, or exploring the cosmos in the ship’s planetarium. Cunard Line guests aboard the October 14, 2012 eastbound transatlantic crossing on Queen Mary 2 will have the opportunity to enjoy performances by select members of London’s prestigious National Symphony Orchestra.
Under the direction of conductor Anthony Inglis, the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) will give two concerts throughout the seven-day Crossing, one a tribute to American music, and the other in traditional “Last Night of the Proms” style.
“From our award-winning lecture series and magnificent on board theatrical productions, to this exclusive partnership with the National Symphony Orchestra, we are pleased to continue to offer our guests the finest in on board enrichment and entertainment,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line.
In an exclusive partnership between Cunard Line and the NSO, guests will also have the opportunity to join an all-passenger chorus. They will rehearse and perform with Inglis and the NSO on stage and lead the audience in song during the latter concert, on the final evening of the voyage.
For conductor Anthony Inglis, its been a long time coming. “A Cunard crossing of the Atlantic had been a dream of mine since I was a boy brought up in Cowes [England] in the 60s and first saw the former Cunard Queens sailing out of Southampton past The Brambles, said Inglis. “To take part with my orchestra on the magnificent Queen Mary 2 of such a wonderful occasion as the two concerts we give, one of which will include some volunteer passengers, is that dream come true.”
Queen Mary 2 is the only liner to provide regularly scheduled Transatlantic service between New York and Southampton. Queen Mary 2 offers the ultimate luxury cruise vacation, rich in classic British traditions, fine cuisine and stimulating on board enrichment.