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The Kirker Chamber Music Festival in Alfriston, East Sussex

3 nights Price from £1,130 per person
Departs: 29 Nov 2020
Departs: 29 Nov 2020

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We have been presenting our popular chamber music concerts in Alfriston for nine consecutive years. Many clients have been returning to Deans Place year after year, enjoying this pretty and historic Sussex village in the heart of the South Downs. There are superb views from the hotel and you can enjoy gentle walks along the winding River Cuckmere. In the village you will find the 14th century Alfriston Clergy Houseas well as a number of interesting shops and galleries and avery fine bookshop. If you want to explore independently you can visit Berwick Church to see the once controversial murals by Duncan Grant. More of his work can be seen at Charleston Farmhouse with its associations with the Bloomsbury set. You may also wish to visit the excellent Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne. This year we include our most popular artists – the pianist Melvyn Tan and the Doric String Quartet.


The Hotel

The staff at the 3 star Deans Place Hotel, Alfriston can be relied upon to provide the warmest of welcomes to our clients. The hotel has just 36 bedrooms and is set in four acres of impeccably maintained gardens. It is a few minutes’ walk to the village, which has a number of interesting shops. There is a comfortable lounge, a restaurant and a bar. The hotel does not have a lift but staff are on hand to help you with your luggage.



What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Three dinners
  • Three concerts and talks as described with programme notes
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Leader

Departure Dates and Prices

29 Nov 2020

Status Limited

Price from£1130

Single Supp.£159

Call 020 7593 2284

Doric String Quartet

String Quartet

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Melvyn Tan


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Simon Roland-Jones

Simon Rowland-Jones

Viola, Composer & Kirker Music Director

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Music Programme

The Doric String Quartet, joined by Simon Rowland-Jones, will give two concerts. Their programme will include performances from Haydn’s Op.33 quartets which they are recording during 2019/2020. This opus enjoys the nickname, ‘The Joke’. They will perform other works by Haydn, Beethoven and Britten as well as a piece by Britten’s teacher, Frank Bridge, Lament for Two Violas in which the quartet’s viola player, Helene Clement, will be joined by Simon Rowland-Jones. Helene plays on an 1843 Guissani viola, previously owned by Frank Bridge and Britten and on long term loan from the Britten-Pears Organisation in Aldeburgh. Rowland-Jones composed a quartet for the Dorics in 2014.’ Caravaggio’ inspired by that artist’s masterpiece in St John Co-Cathedral in Valletta.

Melvyn Tan will give a solo piano recital and his programme will include Four Scherzi by Chopin, some of the most dazzlingly virtuosic keyboard music ever composed, together with works by Beethoven, including Sonata No.30 in E, Op.109.

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