Kirker Tour Experts
Our lecturers are a dedicated and loyal team of distinguished academics who have known Barry Cheeseman, the Kirker Cultural Tours Manager, personally for a number of years. We have asked the lecturers to lead their own exclusive tours so that clients can benefit from their detailed knowledge of places that they have visited and know well.
Andrew AllenTour lecturer
Andrew Allen studied the History of Art at the University of East Anglia and obtained his MA in mediaeval paintings. He lectured at Anglia Ruskin University and now teaches humanities in Norfolk where he lives. Andrew Allen is a great traveler and spends much of the year abroad. He has made a particular study of Syria and all the countries in the Middle East and the emerging republics which were once part of the Ottoman and Soviet empires.
Andrew BiggsTour lecturer
Andrew studied music and art history at Leeds University and is now Head of Music at a private school in Hertfordshire. He has been making his annual pilgrimage to Torre del Lago for the past seventeen years.
Barry CheesemanTour leader
Barry Cheeseman has been the Manager of the Kirker Escorted Tours programme for three seasons and has been involved in cultural tourism for more than 20 years. Barry has been an opera lover for more than 40 years and has seen and heard every major singer during this period. He loves the challenges of organising complex arts events and working closely with the musicians. Out of the office, Barry manages to fit in time to organise his own Chamber… Read more »
Caroline HowardTour Lecturer
Caroline Howard studied History of Art at Edinburgh University and now lives in Rome. She is currently the Artistic Director at La Mortella on Ischia where she organises the programmes given by visiting youth orchestras. She has led many tours in Rome and throughout Italy.
Christopher MoncktonTour Lecturer
Christopher was a choral scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford where he developed a passion for both performing and teaching. This led to a life-long interest in history, music and art history. He has led countless tours all over the world covering many subjects and periods. He is equally at home in the ancient world as he is in the major art galleries of Europe. Christoher Monckton is also a professional musician and a distinguished organist.
Crispian Riley-SmithTour Lecturer
Crispian Riley-Smith has a degree in Art History from St Andrews University. He has worked in the art market for various auction houses and is today an independent art dealer and lives in Yorkshire.
Declan HamiltonTour Lecturer
Declan read History and French at the University of Bristol before training as a singer at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music. He worked in Education and House Management at the Royal Opera House from 2000-2007 having the privilege of seeing almost every production over that time and interviewing a number of international artists. These days, he sings for pleasure rather than profession, and currently works… Read more »
Delia Gray-DurantTour Lecturer
Delia Gray-Durant read History of Art and French at Reading University where she obtained her degrees. She lived in South West France close to Albi for many years and was invited to write the Blue Guide to the Midi-Pyrenees, later expanded to include the whole of South West France. Her most recent projects have been to write the 10th and 11th editions of The Blue Guide to Paris and to write an accompanying series of smaller guides to art in… Read more »
Dr Neil FaulknerTour Lecturer
Neil Faulkner studied Political Economy at King’s college, Cambridge and turned to Archaeology some years later. He obtained his doctorate at The Institute of Archaeology with a study in late Roman towns. He is a well-known and popular lecturer and has led many tours in Europe and throughout the Middle East. He has led excavations for the Time team and is best known for his longrunning archaeological project at Sedgeford in Norfolk. He is also… Read more »
Hilary FinchTour Lecturer
Hilary Finch is one of the best-known and popular contributors to musical life in the country. She read English & Music at Exeter University which explains why her reviews for the The Times for the past couple of decades have won praise from readers and artists alike. Hilary is often to be heard on BBC Radio 3 and her presentations of the series Building A Library are eagerly anticipated by listeners. Hilary Finch’s first love is chamber… Read more »