Tuesday 14 May 2013

Sofitel Strings Along Classical Music Fans In Queenstown With Packages To The Michael Hill International Violin Competition

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Sofitel Luxury Hotels has added another string to its sponsorships bow, with Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa confirming its involvement in the prestigious Michael Hill International Violin Competition in 2013.

The Competition, which aims to promote and showcase the talents of young violinists from around the world, will run from May 31st through June the 3rdth at the Memorial Centre in Queenstown before it heads to Auckland for the culminating rounds. 

In addition to hosting international judges and guests in Queenstown during the event, Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa will host an indulgent dinner experience in celebration of the Competition on Saturday June 1st.

The celebrity-studded dinner will take place at the new Jervois Steak House, attended by famed chef Simon Gault of Masterchef New Zealand fame and Competition patrons, Sir Michael and Christine Lady Hill. Proceeds raised will be donated in support of the worthy Cure Kids charity.

Sofitel Queenstown’s General Manager Vincent Macquet says, “We are extremely proud to be a key sponsor and hotel partner for this year’s Michael Hill International Violin Competition. Intrinsically, Sofitel celebrates culture, music, art and gastronomy around the world, so naturally this event complements those important elements that form Sofitel’s brand DNA.”

Founded in 2000, the biennial “Michael Hill” is recognised as one of the world’s top violin competitions, helping musicians launch their professional careers on the world stage.

Flexible Competition attendance options cater to all music appreciation levels, whether a classical novice or dabbler or a die-hard violin aficionados.

Tickets to the celebratory dinner on Saturday the 1st of June 2013 are priced from NZ$175 per guest (including GST), and include a menu of paired wine and cuisine, plus performances by Competition violinists.

Sofitel is also offering accommodation packages for those who wish to experience the event and stay in style in the centre of Queenstown, in association with Touch of Spice. Staying in unsurpassed luxury at the stylish Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa your MHIVC Package includes two night’s accommodation in a Superior Room including a welcome glass of Champagne on arrival, breakfast daily at Left Bank CafĂ©, VIP passes to the competition rounds at the Memorial Centre and a special dinner for two to celebrate the talented artists competing in the Michael Hill International Violin Competition 2013. Prices start from NZ$570.00 per person based on a minimum two people twin share. To make your booking please contact Touch of Spice at or telephone 03 450 0855. The accommodation package offer is valid from the 31st of May to the 4th June 2013, and terms and conditions apply.

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