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The Kirker Cornwall Music Festival

4 nights Prices on request

The highlights of our popular Cornwall Festival are the visits we make to Boconnoc near Lostwithiel. This magnificent house is set in twenty acres of wonderful gardens. We will be welcomed at Boconnocby Elizabeth Fortescue who lives on the estate and we will visit thehouse twice – once for a morning concert after which we will stay onfor lunch and a talk on Boconnoc, and again for an evening concert followed by dinner in the house. The tour is based in the pretty town of Fowey, ten miles from Boconnoc. Fowey overlooks the glorious River Fowey estuary and is a town of great charm with a lively quayside andnarrow, atmospheric streets. There is much to explore here including the parish church, St Fimbarrus, a harbour cruise, or a journey on the ferry across the river to Polruan. This area has close associations with the life and work of Daphne du Maurier, who lived here for many years and who died in Fowey in 1989.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Four nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • Two dinners at the hotel, one at Hotel Tresanton and one at Boconnoc
  • One lunch at Boconnoc
  • Transfers between Fowey, Boconnoc, St. Mawes and St. Ives
  • Three concerts as described
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Leader


  • Day 1 - Arrival

    Please make your own way to The Fowey Hotel. Clients travelling by train should book to Par and continue their journey by taxi (call us if you would like us to arrange taxis for you). Hotel car parking can be prebooked for a nominal charge. The Fowey Hotel is a traditional resort hotel with magnificent views of the Fowey River. It has comfortable bedrooms, an atmospheric bar and restaurant.
  • Day 2 - Boconnoc

    We are driven to Boconnoc this morning for our first visit. Coffee will be served on arrival before a welcome and introduction by our hostess, Elizabeth Fortescue. Having fallen into disrepair, restoration work began here in 2000 saving the house from demolition, and we will visit the house and the surrounding out buildings, including its Georgian bathhouse and church. Our first concert will be followed by lunch and then we will return to Fowey.
  • Day 3 - St. Mawes

    This afternoon we drive to St. Mawes, a picturesque and fashionable village overlooking the sea. On arrival, we visit Lamorran House fora tour of the evergreen garden. Afterwards, we will go to the old Methodist Chapel for our second concert which has a lovely acoustic and is ideal forchamber music. We will then walk down to the Hotel Tresanton where we will have dinner before returning to Fowey.
  • Day 4 - Optional visit to St. Ives

    We spend today at leisure in Fowey. In the evening we return to Boconnoc for our final concert and then enjoy dinner together afterwards.   Optional excursion: St. Ives  (9.30am – 4.30pm) £55 per person About 90 minutes from Fowey, our visit to St. Ives starts at the Tate, which reopened in October 2017 after a four year redevelopment. The Tate displays a semi-permanent collection in the original building including several works by artists with close association to Cornwall as well as a programme of changing exhibitions in the new wing. We will also visit the nearby Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden.
  • Day 5 - Tour ends

    The tour ends after breakfast.

Departure Dates and Prices

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The Sacconi Quartet

String Quartet

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Music Programme

2 October at Boconnoc

Haydn: String Quartet in D Op.64 No.5 “The Lark”
Beethoven: String Quartet in F minor Op.95 “Serioso”
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E flat Op.12

3 October at St. Mawes Methodist chapel

Rachmaninov: Romance, for string quartet
Korngold: String Quartet No.3 in D, Op.34
Brahms: String Quintet in F Op.88

4 October at Boconnoc

Simon Rowland-Jones: String Quintet No.2 “Trouvaille”
Schubert: String Quartet in D minor D.810
“Death and the Maiden”

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