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Cheltenham Music Festival

5 nights Price from £1,448 per person
Departs: 02 Jul 2020
Departs: 02 Jul 2020

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Cheltenham is the perfect place to host a festival, with its elegant Cheltenham is the perfect place to host a festival, with its elegant streets, parades and squares lined by Regency houses and buildings. The internationally renowned music festival, one of the oldest in the country, is just one of four held throughout the year. Festivals for jazz, science and literature and, of course, music combine to make Cheltenham a true city of festivals. Pittville Pump Room and the imposing Town Hall are the most important venues for the concerts. Our tour is based at the Queen’s Hotel, in the heart of Cheltenham and just across the green from the Town Hall. With so many unmissable concerts in 2019, our tour this year spends more time in Cheltenham but we will still include visits to two of Gloucestershire’s finest houses and gardens, Painswick and Stanway.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Five nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Three dinners
  • Tickets for all performances as described and programmes
  • All sightseeing entrance fees and gratuities
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Leader and local guide


  • Day 1 - Cheltenham

    Please make your own way to the Queen’s Hotel in Cheltenham. Cheltenham Spa train station is half a mile away and taxis are available for approximately £7 each way. For those who are driving, the hotel has its own car park which is available at a cost of £12 per day to guests.
  • Day 2 - Wilson Art Gallery

    Today we will visit the Wilson Art Gallery and Museum, where we see an important and varied collection of fine and decorative art. The eponymous Edward Wilson directed Captain Scott’s expedition to Antarctica. We will attend the first of our concerts this evening.
  • Day 3 - Stanway House

    This morning we go to Stanway House, a mellow Jacobean country house and the seat of the Earl of Wemyss. The water garden here is one of the finest masterpieces of the landscape designer, Charles Bridgeman. We will return in time for the afternoon concert.
  • Day 4 - Gustav Holst

    After this morning’s concert we will go to the house where Gustav Holst was born on 21 September 1871 and spent the first eight years of his life. The museum tells the story of Holst’s family and friends as well as providing an insight into middle class life at the end of the 19th century.
  • Day 5 - Painswick Rococo Garden

    This morning we will visit Painswick Rococo Garden, tucked away in a remote and mysterious valley. It is one of the most complete 18th century gardens in Europe. We return to Cheltenham for our final concert.
  • Day 6 - Tour ends

    The tour ends after breakfast this morning.

Departure Dates and Prices

02 Jul 2020

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Single Supp.£398

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Music Programme

3 July: Cheltenham Town Hall, 7.30pm
Aurora Orchestra, Sarah Connolly mezzo-soprano, Andrew Staples tenor, Nicholas Collon conductor

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring 
An Introduction to Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (arr. Iain Farrington) 


4 July: Pittville Pump Room, 11 am

Milos Karadaglic guitar

S Bach: Suite BWV 997
Granados: Andaluza and Oriental
Albeniz: Asturias
Villa Lobos: Five Preludes
Beatles: Blackbird, Yesterday, While my guitar gently weeps
Duplessy: Cavalcade

4 July: Pittville Pump Room, 4.30 pm
Ian Bostridge tenor, Imogen Cooper piano

Beethoven: Adelaide Op. 46
                      Resignation WoO 149
                      Nur wer die Sehnsucht WoO 134 (4 songs)
                      Mailied Op. 52/4
                      Ich liebe dich WoO 123
                      An die ferne Geliebte Op. 98
Schumann: 5 Lieder Op. 40 (Hans Christian Andersen)
                      Liederkreis Op. 39 (Eichendorff)

5 July: Pittville Pump Room, 2.30 pm

The Daffodil ‘What’s So Great About Opera?’

Hilary Summers contralto, Andrew West piano

With champagne afternoon tea

Hilary Summers, a performer loved by conductors and composers across the worlds of early and contemporary music presents a hilarious romp exploring the highs and lows of opera.  With songs specifically composed by the duo, including ‘An Introduction to Baroque Opera’ and ‘I’m a Puccini Heroine Addict’, and culminating in a glorious one-woman, twenty-five minute reduction of Mozart’s masterpiece, The Magic Flute, this is not to be missed.

6 July: Pittville Pump Room, 11am
The Maxwell String Quartet

J.P Sweelinck: Fantasia Chromatica 
Trad. Fear a Bhata 
Joey Roukens: Visions at Sea 
Trad. Da Full Rigged Ship 
Herbert Howells: Fantasy Quartet Op. 25 
Trad. Griogal Cridhe 
Josef Haydn: Quartet in G minor Op. 74 No 3 

6 July: Twon Hall, 19.30.00

Philharmonia Orchestra, Alice Sara Ott piano, Santtu Matias-Rouvali conductor

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 22 
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A Op. 92 

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