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01 - 04 May 2023



Sydney Mad Dash – London Symphony Orchestra

Come join Lesley & Rob’s small group Mad Dash to Sydney and your bloke is welcome to join. Enjoy a night at Sydney’s Opera House experiencing London’s Symphony Orchestra playing Mahler 7 – Music of the Night conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Tuesday night starts with dinner and drinks Sydney’s Opera House followed by enjoying the concert seated in the Circle.

During the day, it’s your own time – maybe spend time shopping at the newly opened Ralph Lauren Emblematic multi-level store in Pitt Street, perhaps indulge in a little retail therapy at Tiffany, enjoying a glass of bubbles while you shop or simple take in a bit of sightseeing.

At night you’ll dine at some beautiful Sydney restaurants, places Lesley & Rob would love to share with you: Sydney Opera House’s Portside and Ripples Restaurant. Maybe during the day, enjoy the ferry out to Manly and enjoy fish & chips while sitting on Manly beach.

About Marler’s Seventh – Music of the Night

Mahler’s Seventh is the dark horse of his symphonies. It doesn’t turn up in orchestra programs quite as often as it should, but when it does, this fascinating work intrigues and delights every time. No wonder it has become a signature work for Sir Simon Rattle.

The heart of this symphony is ‘music of the night’, with Mahler taking inspiration from Mozart serenades and lovers singing below windows (there’s even a guitar and a mandolin). He sets up a curious, nocturnal atmosphere with music that scurries through the shadows of a kaleidoscopic dreamworld. Is he being ironic or should we take him seriously? It’s Mahler, so it’s complicated. And it’s that ambivalence that makes this symphony seem so modern.

Mahler Seven, says Sir Simon, follows a ‘journey from night to an almost blinding dawn’. Spend the night with Mahler and the LSO and you too can take that sonic and emotional journey.

What’s Planned

  • Monday – Arrive in Sydney and be met by your driver who will transfer you to your hotel. If you plan to be on QF148, departing Auckland at 5.25pm you will be escorted by Lesley & Rob who will assist you at checkin and customs
  • Tuesday – meet Lesley & Rob for breakfast the next morning. After introductions, we’ll show you how easy it is to navigate Sydney’s train & ferry system. Over the next two days, we have pre-arranged shopping experiences at both Ralph Lauren & Tiffany. Enjoy your day today and meet back at your hotel for our transfer to Sydney Opera House – time to dress up!
  • Wednesday – after breakfast, it’s again free time until dinner
  • Thursday – checkout is 10.00am. Your airport transfer will be arranged for a time to suit your outbound flight. If you plan to be on QF149 which departs at 7.10pm, again you will be escorted by Lesley & Rob who will assist you at checkin and customs.


  • Three nights accommodation in own room (no sharing) at Harbourview Queen room at View Hotel in North Sydney (above level 8)
  • Three continental & buffet breakfasts at View Hotel
  • Two dinners with wines at some of Sydney’s iconic restaurants which also happen to be Lesley & Rob’s favourites (Tuesday & Wednesday night)
  • Driver meet & greet Sydney airport to hotel & return transfers to suit your flight arrival & departure
  • Opal card with $50 for bus, train & ferry adventures
  • Return transport to Opera House
  • London Symphony Orchestra tickets seated in the circle

Not included

  • Airfares to/from Sydney, although if you are on the same flights as Lesley & Rob, you will be assisted with check-in and escorted through Customs
  • Dinner Monday night
  • Lunch
  • Purchases of a personal nature which includes mini-bar, laundry or in room movies.

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel, the amount you have paid is refundable only if we are able sell your place, less a $250 fee.
  • If for any reason we have to cancel, what you’ve paid is fully refundable.

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$500 deposit, balance of $2,700 due on 4 weeks prior.

Available Tickets: 4
The Deposit ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.

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