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The Kirker Festival in Madeira

Madeira 7 nights Price from £2,286 per person
Departs: 22 Mar 2022
Departs: 22 Mar 2022

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The beautiful island of Madeira lies in splendid isolation, some 500 kilometres off the coast of Morocco. Blessed with a sub-tropical climate, Madeira creates the impression of a vast floating garden with an astonishing range of flora and wonderful cultivated gardens which look glorious all year – even the roads are lined with colourful flowers, providing a vivid and ever-changing backdrop. The island’s dramatic volcanic interior, dotted with picturesque traditional villages, towers over the beautiful coastline. We stay in the charming capital, Funchal, which still retains an authentic charm as local citizens go about their daily business in the local markets and shops.


The Itinerary

Included in our holiday is a panoramic tour of Funchal, during which we will visit the famous Botanical Garden, densely and imaginatively planted with more than 2,000 species. We will also stop at the famous Blandy Wine Cellar for a wine tasting of the island’s eponymous wine. A tour of the island will reveal the striking contrast between the scenery of the north and south coasts and we will take a guided walk along the famous levadas, which provide a network of easily-negotiated footpaths in the heart of the countryside. Further optional excursions will be available, including a visit to the Blandy Garden, Quinta do Palheiro.


The Hotel

We stay at the 5* Savoy Palace Hotel, a Leading Hotel of the World, standing on the same site as the historic Savoy Hotel with sweeping views out to sea, over the town and beyond to the hills. The hotel has outdoor and indoor swimming pools, including the Galaxia Sky Pool on the roof of the hotel, as well as extensive sun terraces and gardens. There are several restaurants and bars to choose from, and a well-equipped spa (for which an admission charge is payable locally). Bedrooms are spacious and look out over the sea or Funchal. Our concerts take place in the hotel in a room reserved exclusively for our clients


What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • 3 dinners at the hotel and one in a local restaurant
  • Sightseeing and transfers as described
  • All entrances fees and gratuities as described
  • The services of a Kirker Tour Leader and local guide
  • Six private concerts at the hotel and full programme notes

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:
Depart London Gatwick 10.55, arrive Funchal 16.30
Depart Funchal 13.50, arrive London Gatwick 19.05
Flight times subject to change – regional departures available on request.

Departure Dates and Prices

22 Mar 2022

Status Available

Price from£2286

Single Supp.£130

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Music Programme

The Musicians

The Echea Quartet, made up of musicians from Canada, Wales and England, was formed in 2017 at the Royal Academy of Music. They were the recipients of the Royal Philharmonic Society Chamber Music Prize during the 2019/20 season. They already have an established performing career and have played in Argentina, at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival and have benefited from a residency at the Banff Chamber Music Festival. They will take part in the Advanced String Quartet Programme at the 2021 Aspen Summer Music Festival and will make their debut at the North Norfolk Music Festival.

John Myerscough, cello is well known to chamber music audiences around the world as the cellist in the Doric String Quartet of which he was a founder member with violinist Alex Redington in 1998 at Leiston Abbey, Suffolk, home of the Pro Corda project. He studied music at the University of Cambridge and then at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As a soloist, he won the Gold Medal in the 2006 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition. He is Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the Royal Academy of Music. He plays a 1587 Brothers Amati cello.
Performer, editor, composer and teacher, Simon Rowland-Jones has always led a very busy, all-embracing musical life. He was founder violist of the Chilingirian Quartet, and subsequently performed with many other leading chamber groups. He teaches viola and chamber music at the Royal College of Music and is co-director of the North Norfolk Music Festival. Simon will re-join his colleagues from the Chilingirian Quartet in a celebration concert at King’s Place in London in January 2022


During the course of the Festival the Echea Quartet will give 4 concerts and will include the following quartets:
Haydn Quartet in C, Op.74 No1
Beethoven: Quartet in A minor, Op.132
Schubert Quartet in D Minor D810 ‘Death & the Maiden’
Mendelssohn: String quartet in D, Op.44 No.

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