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Kirker Tour Leaders

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Andrew Allen

Tour Leader

Andrew Allen read History of Art at the University of East Anglia and undertook his postgraduate study at the University of Essex taking his MA in early Italian painting.

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Andrew Biggs

Tour leader

Andrew Biggs read Music and the History of Art at Leeds University. He has led cultural tours throughout the world for over twenty years.

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Andrew Taylor

Tour Leader

Andrew Taylor graduated from the University of St Andrew's in 1989 with a degree in Church History. He has a further degree in Classical Studies and a Masters in the History of Art. 

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Anton Crayton

Tour leader

Anton Crayton studied cello with Melissa Phelps at The Royal College of Music and for a time was a member of the Marmen String Quartet. 

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Barry Cheeseman

Cultural Tours Senior Executive

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Barry Cheeseman has been the Manager of the Kirker Cultural Tours & Music Holidays programme for over 10 years. 

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Caroline Howard

Tour leader

Caroline Howard studied History of Art at Edinburgh University and now lives in Rome. 

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Charlie Hall

Tour Leader

Charlie Hall has known Italy intimately since 1965 when his father set up the excellent John Hall Venice course for gap year students who wish to become enlightened by many aspects of Venetian and Italian culture. 

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Christopher Monckton

Tour Leader

Christopher was a choral scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford where he developed a passion for both performing and teaching.

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Claudio Tedesco

Tour leader

Claudio Tedesco is an architect and opera director based in London who has been working in the opera field for more than 20 years. 

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Declan Hamilton

Tour Leader

Declan Hamilton has been leading music tours since 1995. He 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 sang major roles in a number of operas both as a student and a professional, notably Mozart's baritone roles.

 

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Dr Alex Koller

Tour Leader

Dr Alex Koller was born and schooled in Vienna. He studied Art History and Slavonic studies at the Universities of Vienna and Salzburg and then went on to obtain his PhD at Magdalene College, Cambridge (1998). Since then he has led cultural tours throughout Europe and the Far East.

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Dr Neil Faulkner

Tour Leader

Neil Faulkner was educated at King’s College, Cambridge, and the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. He is currently Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, Editor of Military History Monthly, and Co-director of archaeological field projects in Norfolk, Jordan, and Slovenia. 

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Dr Nicholas Shrimpton

Tour Leader

Dr Nicholas Shrimpton was a tutor in English Literature at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford from 1980 until 2009, when he was elected to an Emeritus Fellow. 

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Elizabeth Stephenson

Tour Leader

Elizabeth Stephenson studied Modern Languages at Bristol University and speaks six languages.  She has enjoyed a career in tourism, event management and fundraising.

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Elizabeth Wilson

Tour Leader

Elizabeth Wilson studied with the great Russian cellist, Rostropovich, in his class at the Moscow Conservatory where fellow students included Mischa Maisky and Natalia Gutman.

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Gary Matthewman

Piano & Tour Leader

The pianist Gary Matthewman is one of the foremost accompanists of his generation working regular with the world's leading singers including Aiylyn Perez, Adam Plachetka, John Mark Ainsley, Andrei Bondarenko and many more. 

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Ger van den Munckhof

Tour Leader

After studying at the University of Wageningen, near the Dutch city of Arnhem, Ger began his career as a consultant, before working as a guide and tour leader both in his native Netherlands and abroad.

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Gerald Deslandes

Tour Leader

Gerald Deslandes studied History of Art at Cambridge University and the Courtauld Institute of Art. He worked for nearly 20 years as a curator in publicly-funded galleries organising exhibitions of sculpture by artists such as Antony Gormley, Andy Goldsworthy, Cornelia Parker and Damien Hirst. 

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Graeme Coles

Tour Leader

Graeme Coles has worked in the hospitality industry all his life, working in hotels both overseas and in the UK. It was whilst managing a hotel in Lewes, close to the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, that he developed a keen interest in opera and classical music.

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Hugh MacDonald-Buchanan

Tour Leader

Hugh Macdonald-Buchanan has long had an interest in the battlefields of The Western Front and has led many tours there for clients from all over the world. 

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Ian Cox

Tour Leader

Ian Cox is a decorative arts historian with a special interest in the English Country House. Formerly Director of Studies at Christie’s Education in London.

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Jane McNamara

Tour leader

Jane has had a long association with Kirker Holidays and over the last decade she has escorted several exclusive Kirker music festivals in the UK and at sea, as well as tours in Europe.

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Judy Robson

Tour Leader

Judy Robson was responsible for instigating the National Trust Collection, which contributed more than half a million pounds of revenue for the Trust each year.

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Juliet Rix

Tour Leader

Juliet Rix is an award-winning journalist working for British national newspapers, magazines, and online media as well as the BBC. Juliet is a regular visitor to Malta and has considerable specialist knowledge of the Islands. 

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Karina Mitens

Tour Leader

Karina Mitens is a Danish archaeologist who obtained her doctorate at the University of Copenhagen. She now works in the Bay of Naples, the region of Italy closest to her heart and loves to share her archaeological knowledge of this fascinating area. 

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Louisa Warman

Tour Leader

Louisa first visited Venice briefly in 1995 on a gap year, only to fall deeply in love with the city’s art, culture and ambience. Graduating from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, she went on to take a Master’s in the History of Art, Venice and Rome, at the University of Warwick, partly held in La Serenissima. 

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Maryann Johnson

Tour leader

Maryann Johnson was born in New York. She studied Modern Languages as an undergraduate at Bennington, Vermont and at the Universite de Lyon. She went on to study as a post-graduate at Cornell University and the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris before moving to the UK where she studied History of Art and Architecture at the University of East Anglia. 

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Patrick Bade

Tour Leader

Patrick Bade taught for the University of Glasgow MA programme at Christie’s Education in London. He had worked at Christie’s since 1981, where he also gave courses on the history of opera. 

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Patrick Millar

Marketing Manager

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An enthusiastic traveller with a keen interest in European history and culture, Patrick has explored a large part of the continent, including some fascinating parts of Northern Europe.

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Richard Goldsbrough

Tour Leader

Richard Goldsbrough served in the 1st Queen’s Dragoon Guards of which he is the Regimental Historian and trustee of its museum in Cardiff. He is the author of ‘The Cavalry that Broke Napoleon,’ a book about his regiment’s exploits at Waterloo. In 2017 he went to Oxford to further his studies in history at Balliol. 

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Robin Wallis

Tour leader

Robin Wallis studied Modern Languages at Downing College, Cambridge and International Relations at the London School of Economics. 

 

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Roger White

Tour Lecturer

Roger White studied History of Art at Christ’s College, Cambridge and continued his post-graduate research at Wadham College, Oxford. He was Secretary of The Georgian Group and later of The Garden History Society.

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Siân Walters

Tour Leader

Siân Walters studied History of Art at Selwyn College, Cambridge and has worked in France and Italy. She lectures for the National Gallery, Nadfas and Surrey University and spends much of the year leading art history tours abroad.

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Simon Monckton

Tour Leader

Simon Monckton studied Theology at Durham University. He is particularly interested in the influence of religion on great Mediaeval cathedrals and how this differed throughout Europe. Simon has led tours to destinations all over the world and has taken cultural tours to all regions of Spain on many occasions.

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Tatiana Shugla

Tour Lecturer

Tatiana lives and works in St. Petersburg and has been leading Kirker's tours to the city for several years. Her knowledge extends over all periods of the city's cultural history and its people. 

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