Biggest classical must gathering comes to the Hydro Majestic.

The largest gathering of professional classical musicians ever in the Blue Mountains aims to add an extra layer of sumptuousness to a world-famous icon when The Metropolitan Orchestra performs at the Hydro Majestic Hotel this year.

Guests will be able to immerse themselves in the strains of the 32-piece string ensemble playing Little Serenade for Strings by Rojas, String Serenade by Dvořák and Tchaikovsky’s String Serenade at the opening event entitled Cocktails & Serenades – the first of three concerts – taking place on Saturday March 12.

“The sumptuous pairing of Dvořák and Tchaikovsky string masterpieces filled with purity, beauty and passion will lift the spirit,” say organisers. “Composed just five years apart and written at positive times in each of the composers’ lives, these joyful and evocative serenades will be complemented by Rojas’ fresh and vivacious work, rounding out a sublime musical evening.”

The concert programme under the baton of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Sarah-Grace Williams will be accompanied by a lavish cocktail and dining package. “The Hydro Majestic will be an ideal backdrop to the Majestic Concert Series, with its elegant historic venues, sweeping landscape and high-end food. As well as harking back to the Mark Foy days of the early 20th century, when everything at the hotel was luxury on the largest scale, these concerts featuring musicians of the highest calibre at such a fantastic venue is reminiscent of the grand concert halls of Europe. These performances won’t just be concerts – they will be occasions.”

The second concert, featuring more than 50 musicians like the third, will be performed at the Majestic Winter Ball, which will officially launch the Yulefest season for the Hydro Majestic Hotel on June 18. The event will include a three-course dinner package and the music programme will feature O’Boyle’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Mendelssohn, Horn Concerto No 1 by Strauss, Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Symphony No 4 by Mendelssohn.

The final concert will be Symphony Under the Stars on November 19 featuring Mendelsson’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Kats-Chernin’s Ornamental Air (for basset clarinet and orchestra) and Symphony No 7 by Beethoven. Guests will also be able to indulge in a sultry evening of canapés and cocktails followed by a two-course dinner.

Cocktails & Serenades will be held at the Hydro Majestic Hotel, 7pm March 12. Cost is $145pp and includes 4-hour cocktails and canapés package from 5.30pm, or $55pp for show only.