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The Grange Festival in Hampshire

3 nights Prices on request

The Grange Festival is held every summer at one of the country’s most magnificent neo-classical houses, Grange Park. It is located in the heart of the Baring family’s estate not far from Winchester and is arguably one of the most beautiful of all country house settings. Today the Grange Festival is in the hands of the countertenor Michael Chance who took on the role of Artistic Director in 2017.We will attend two sharply contrasting operas – Verdi’s final work Falstaff and Handel’s Belshazzar and dine at Grange Park before each of the operas. Our tour is based in the heart of historic Winchester.


THE ITINERARY
We will spend one day in Winchester with visits to Winchester College dating from 1382. We will see the Chamber Court, the Scholars’ Dining Room and the Gothic Chapel. We will also go to The Great Hall, all that remains of Winchester Castle, to see King Arthur’s Round Table and go to the cathedral where Queen Mary 1 married King Philip II on 25 July 1554. We will also visit a private garden not far from Winchester. We stay in the Wessex Hotel adjacent to the cathedral – one dinner will be served at the hotel and two at Grange Park. In addition to the operas we will attend the annual Kirker Chamber Music Concert held in the lovely 12th century church of St. Cross.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Three dinners
  • Tickets for performances as described
  • Sightseeing as described, all entrances fees and gratuities
  • Services of the Kirker Tour Leader

Departure Dates and Prices

Music Programme

20 June, 6pm:
The Carducci Quartet, with Simon Rowland-Jones, viola
Dvorak: String Quartet in F Op.96 'American'
Rowland-Jones: String Quartet ' Flock of Knot'
Mozart: String Quintet in C KV516


21 June, 5.30pm:
Falstaff by Verdi
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, conductor Francesco Cilluffo
Sir John Falstaff: Robert Hayward
Ford: Nicholas Lester
Fenton: Alessandro Fisher
Alice: Elin Pritchard
Mistress Quickly: Susan Bickley
Meg Page: Angela Simkin


22 June, 5.30pm:
Belshazzar by Handel
The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra conductor Harry Christophers
Belshazzar: Robert Murray
Nitocris: Rosemary Joshua
Cyrus: Christopher Ainslie

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