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A Cruise Through The Baltic to St Petersburg

Copenhagen, Tallinn, Helsinki, St. Petersburg Prices on request

A ten night cruise from Rosyth sailing to Copenhagen, Helsinki, St Petersburg and Tallinn with a music programme performed by Joshua Ellicott, tenor, Monika-Evelin Liiv, mezzo soprano, Paul Janes, piano, The Carducci Quartet and The Ferio Saxophone Quartet.

Departing from Rosyth, the Black Watch will sail down the Firth of Forth into the North Sea. After a day of talks and music at sea she will arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark’s intimate but vibrant capital with a host of cultural attractions including the glittering Rosenborg Palace, the matchless collection of Danish art at the National Gallery of Denmark and the famous Tivoli Gardens. After another day at sea during which we will enjoy interviews with the musicians, we visit three cities on consecutive days. First is Helsinki where we will be offering a special excursion focussing on Finland’s national hero, Jean Sibelius. Next is the majestic city of St Petersburg where you can choose between visiting the city’s glittering palaces and museums or places associated with the great composers and writers who lived here. In Tallinn, we will discover mediaeval architecture before enjoying a concert by principal singers from the Estonian National Opera. Later in the cruise there will be time in Kiel before passing through the famous canal which links the Baltic to the North Sea before we arrive back in Rosyth.


Optional Shore Excursions

Arranged exclusively for Kirker clients, further details and prices available late 2016.

Our excursion in Denmark’s capital will take us first to the palace of Rosenborg in the heart of the city. This was one of Christian IV’s most opulent buildings, a true fairy-tale renaissance palace, once surrounded by a park but today in the very centre of Copenhagen. It was completed in 1624 and was the principal royal residence for Danish monarchs for the next century. After the visit we will cross the road to the wonderful collection of Danish Art at the National Gallery. The tour will also include a panoramic tour of Denmark’s intimate capital city.

Our full day in Helsinki will focus on Jean Sibelius. After a panoramic tour of the capital during which we will see the Sibelius Academy, the new concert hall and the home of the Finnish National Opera - there will be a private performance of music by Sibelius. We will also go to Ainola, the charming and simple cottage where Sibelius lived with his wife until he died. We include lunch at a country inn nearby.

St Petersburg
Our excursion will include houses with close associations to Russian composers, including the two apartments where Shostakovich and Mussorgksy lived. These apartments were purchased by the celebrated cellist Rostropovich and are not normally open to the public. We also go to the apartment of Rimsky-Korsakov, the house where Dostoevsky lived, and the cafe frequented by Shostakovich in his student days. Lunch will be included.

Our half day tour here will include a walking tour of the picturesque mediaeval quarter of the city followed by a private opera gala given by principal singers of the Estonian National Opera.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Kirker visa service
  • Return private car transfers
  • Accommodation including breakfast
  • The services of the Kirker Concierge
  • Kirker's Guide Notes to restaurants, museums and sightseeing

Departure Dates and Prices

Barry Cheeseman

Barry Cheeseman

Cultural Tours Senior Executive


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Simon Roland-Jones

Simon Rowland-Jones

Viola, Composer & Kirker Music Director

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Carducci String Quartet

Carducci String Quartet


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Paul Janes

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Joshua Ellicott

Joshua Ellicott


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Monika-Evelin Liiv

Monika-Evelin Liiv

Mezzo Soprano

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The Ferio Saxophone Quartet

The Ferio Saxophone Quartet

Saxophone Quartet

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Ship Details

Fred. Olsen’s Black Watch has a relaxed, stylish atmosphere that harks back to cruising in a bygone age. She is a comfortable world-class cruise ship where you will feel a warm sense of hospitality from the very first moment you step aboard, with broad teak decks, generous promenades, elegant décor and bright, spacious public areas.

With just 435 cabins, Black Watch has been designed with a generous amount of space for each passenger. The cabins are a good size and most have a sea view (speak to a Kirker expert to discuss your personal requirements). It is always easy to find a quiet corner - and you certainly won’t find yourself having to compete for space with hordes of other passengers. There are a number of dining options and guests may choose from a selection of contrasting bars including the nautically themed Lido Lounge and popular Scottish Piper’s Bar, or you may elect to retreat to the Braemar Lounge or the Observatory. Other on board facilities include two swimming pools, a fitness centre, a health and beauty salon, deck sports, library, indoor games, internet access, casino, cabarets and shows.

Black Watch spent the last month of 2016 undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment of both public areas and cabins. The ship now has a brighter look to it, notably in the main restaurant, the Glentanar. There’s also a new intimate dining room called the Black Watch Room, which seats just 46 guests. All the cabins and bathrooms have been improved and furniture, curtains and carpets have been replaced. The Marina Theatre, which is central to our music cruises with all the concerts taking place here, remains unchanged.

Music Programme

24 September: Barry Cheeseman and Simon Rowland-Jones will introduce the musicians and talk about the music they will be playing during the cruise.

25 September: 11.00 - Marina Theatre
Members of the Carducci Quartet
Paul Janes, piano
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in D minor Op.49
Faure: Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor Op.15

15.15 - Neptune Lounge
Meet the Musicians – some of the musicians will choose their favourite pieces of music and share with the audience what it means to them.

18.30 - Marina Theatre
Joshua Ellicott, tenor
Paul Janes, piano
Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte, Op.98
Finzi: Till Earth Outwears Op.19
Vaughan-Williams: Songs of Travel
Liszt: Four songs to texts by Victor Hugo
Schumann: Liederkreiss Op.39

26 September: 11.00 - Marina Theatre
Members of the Carducci Quartet
Paul Janes, piano
Haydn: Piano Trio in G Hob.XV No25 “Gypsy”
Schubert: String Trio Movement in B flat D 471
Piazzolla: Primavera Portena in the arrangement for piano trio

27 September: 11.00 - Marina Theatre
Simon Rowland- Jones will talk to members of the quartet and Joshua Ellicott about his song cycle “Pianto” based on five poems by the Italian poet Giosue Carducci (1835 – 1907).

15.00 - Marina Theatre
Arvo Part: Summa
Glass: Movements from his String Quartet No. 3 “Mishima”
Sibelius: A selection of works by Sibelius
Joshua Ellicott shows his lighter side with a selection of popular songs from the world of operetta and musical theatre.

18.30 - Marina Theatre
Carducci String Quartet
Joshua Ellicott, tenor
Haydn: String Quartet in B flat Op.76 No. 4 “ Sunrise”
Webern: Langsamersatz
Rowland-Jones: “Pianto antico” for sting quartet and tenor (First performed at the Carducci Festival in Gloucestershire on 14 May 2016)

28 September: 18.30 - Marina Theatre
Carducci String Quartet
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in F minor Op.80
Beethoven: String Quartet in A minor Op.132

29 September: Marina Theatre
Carducci String Quartet
Josua Ellicott, tenor
Paul Janes, piano
Shostakovich: String Quartet No 4 in D Op.83
Songs by Tchaikovsky and other Russian composers
Brahms: Piano Quintet in F minor Op.34

30 September: Marina Theatre
Carducci String Quartet
Simon Rowland-Jones, viola
Mozart: String Quintet in C K515
Dvorak: String Quintet in E flat Op.97

1 October: 11.00 - Marina Theatre
Carducci String Quartet
Beethoven: String Quartet in F minor Op.85
Mendelssohn: String Quintet No. 2 in B flat Op.87

15.15 - Neptune Lounge
Meet the Musicians – the remaining musicians will talk about their favourite piece of music.

18.30 - Marina Theatre
Monika-Evelin Liiv, mezzo-soprano
Paul Janes, piano
A recital of songs from Monika-Evelin’s native Estonia and from Finland where she lives today. A selection of songs by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov will complete the programme.

2 October: 18.30 - Marina Theatre
Ferio Saxophone Quartet
Glazunov: Saxophone Quartet Op.109
Rivier: Grave e presto
Francais: Petit Quatour pour saxophones
Arvo Part: Fratres
Lago: Ciudades

3 October: 11.00 - Marina Theatre
It’s the turn of the Ferio Quartet to meet the audience and share with us their favourite music.

15.15 - Neptune Lounge
Ferio Saxophone Quartet
Monika-Evelin Liiv, mezzo-soprano
The Ferio Saxophone Quartet will perform arrangements for saxophone of music by Samuel Barber, Rossini and Piazzolla.
Monika-Evelin will sings arias from Adrian Lecouvreur by Cilea, The Queen of Spades by Tchaikovsky and L’Italian in Algeri by Rossini.

18.30 - Marina Theatre
Closing Gala concert with all the musicians.
Works by Shostakovich, Brahms, Kreiser, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and others.

The final music programme is subject to change and will be confirmed in the concert programme, which is sent with your travel documents.

Recent Testimonials

Kirker Music Festival at Sea

By Dr M, Kent, 23 June 2017

It was great - the music made the cruise worthwhile. I wouldn't go on a cruise normally, but the concerts were excellent.

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