The Kirker Music Cruise to the Baltic & St Petersburg
Enjoy a series of exclusive chamber music concerts by a host of highly acclaimed international musicians. The music programme for this special cruise has been carefully planned by viola player and composer Simon Rowland-Jones. There will also be a series of talks and interviews with the artists and a range of shore excursions at selected ports of call. You are also invited to join the Kirker choir which will be coached by our Choir Master Christopher Monckton for a performance in Copenhagen. Departs 7 May 2013 for 14 nights.
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With The Doric String Quartet, The Gould Piano Trio, Ilona Domnich, Robert Plane, Simon Rowland-Jones Guest Speaker Elaine Padmore & Choir Master Christopher Monckton. Leaving Harwich we will cross the North Sea and pass through the Kiel Canal, one of the busiest man-made shipping channels in the world, opened in 1895 by Kaiser Wilhelm II. We will be able to observe life on the 61 mile-long canal as it passes through Schleswig-Holstein. Our first port of call is Warnemunde, the port which serves Berlin and from here we will be offering an optional excursion to the beautiful castle at Schwerin. Next comes Stockholm where the Black Watch will remain overnight allowing us the opportunity to attend an optional performance of Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes at the Royal Swedish Opera. We then sail to the picture-book capital of Estonia, Tallinn with its perfectly preserved mediaeval centre before arriving in St Petersburg where we stay for two days. There will be ample opportunity to enjoy the Hermitage and see the city’s famous Imperial palaces. Sailing westwards we will visit Karlskrona on the west Swedish coast with its impressive castle before reaching Copenhagen, a capital city of great charm and intimacy. We then sail back through the Kiel Canal and head for Amsterdam famous for its picturesque canals lined by merchants’ town houses.
The Kirker Music Cruise to the Baltic & St. Petersburg
A 14 night cruise sailing from Harwich on Tuesday 7 May, returning on Tuesday 21 July 2013
Depart Harwich 16:30
Arrive Warnemünde 08:00, depart 23:00
Arrive Stockholm 08:30 There will be optional shore excursion this evening to the Royal Swedish Opera for a performance of Benjamin Britten’s opera, Peter Grimes, being given as part of Britten’s Centenary Year world wide celebrations.
Depart Stockholm 14:30
Arrive Tallinn 08:00, depart 16:00
Arrive St. Petersburg 07:30 There will be an optional excursion to the Mariinsky Theatre for a performance – subject to programme.
Depart St. Petersburg 18:00
Arrive Karlskrona 08:00, depart 18:00
Arrive Copenhagen 08:00, depart 17:00
Arrive Amsterdam 10:00, depart 18:00
Arrive Harwich 07:00Ask an Expert