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The Kirker Music Festival in Mallorca

Mallorca 6 nights Price from £2,998 per person
Departs: 24 Sep 2024
Departs: 24 Sep 2024

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On the spectacular and dramatic north coast of Mallorca, far from the mass tourism of the south-east, is the pretty village of Estellencs in the dramatic Tramuntana Mountains. Mallorca has long been associated with Frederic Chopin who stayed on the island with his lover George Sand during the winter of 1838/39. The couple stayed at the Carthusian monastery at Valldemossa, scandalising the locals in this remote rural outpost, although Chopin composed some of his finest music whilst on the island. Pianist Melvyn Tan will play works by Chopin, and we are also joined by the Alkyona Quartet and the classical guitarist Morgan Szymanski, who will give a series of private concerts in the village church.


The Itinerary

One day is spent visiting the port of Sóller, on the famous Ferrocarril de Sóller railway, which crosses the mountains linking Palma with the sea. In Valldemossa we visit the monastery where Chopin stayed, and we also visit Deia, a village made famous by the poet and writer Robert Graves, after which we continue to Son Marroig, once the residence of the Hapsburg Archduke Ludwig Salvator. You can also use the local bus service to Palma or explore the various walking routes which start in the village.


The Hotel

 Our base is the comfortable 4* Hotel Maristel in the centre of the small village of Estellencs. Bedrooms are simply furnished and are all air conditioned. The hotel has a restaurant and an extensive terrace where meals are served and there is an outdoor swimming pool and a small indoor pool. There are spectacular views across the village out to sea, and you can walk down to the small beach at Cala Estellencs. The village is a maze of picturesque cobbled streets with a couple of small bars and cafés.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Six nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Six dinners at the hotel and one lunch (Puerto Soller)
  • Five concerts
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities as described
  • Services of the Kirker Tour Leader

Flight Details

Flights with EasyJet:
Depart Gatwick 11:55, arrive Palma 15:20
Depart Palma 12:00, arrive Gatwick 13:30

NB. Palma is served by many airports around the country so please tell us if you would like to fly from your local airport. You can also fly with British Airways from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City. Please ask us for details.

Departure Dates and Prices

Our prices are per person, based on the shared occupancy of a twin/double room. Supplement for single occupancy as shown.
Supplement for a sea view room: £396 per room

24 Sep 2024

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Price from£2998

Single Supp.£389

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Alkyona Quartet


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Barry Cheeseman

Barry Cheeseman

Cultural Tours Senior Executive


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Melvyn Tan


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Morgan Szymanski

Classical Guitar

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Simon Roland-Jones

Simon Rowland-Jones

Viola, Composer & Kirker Music Director

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Music Programme

25 September

Alkyona Quartet
Haydn: String Quartet in C Op.20 No.2
Britten: String Quartet No,1
Beethoven: String Quartet in D Op.18 No.3

26 September

Simon Rowland-Jones, viola, Morgan Szymanski, guitar
The programme will include works by composers from Spain, Italy, Argentina and Mexico, along with the first movement from Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata in A minor D 821 arranged for guitar and viola.

We will include a performance of Banyalbufar for viola and guitar, composed by Simon Rowland-Jones and first performed in the church in Banyalbufar, the next village along the coast from Estellencs.

27 September

Melvyn Tan, piano
Works by Beethoven, Granados, Albeniz and Chopin.

28 September

Alkyona Quartet, Simon Rowland-Jones, viola
Turin: The Bullfighter’s Prayer
Beethoven String Quartet in F, Op.18 No.1
Shostakovich: String Quartet No.7
Mozart: String Quintet in C minor, K40

29 September

Alkyona Quartet, Simon Rowland-Jones, viola, Morgan Szymanski, guitar, Melvyn Tan, piano, Barry Cheeseman, narrator
Vivaldi: Guitar. concerto in D for guitar and string trio
Simone Iannarelli: The Last Coffee Together for guitar and string quartet.
Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midummer Night’s Dream for string quartet
Alan Ridout: Ferdinand the Bull for viola and narrator (1974)
Alan Ridout set Munro Leaf ’s 1935 story about Ferdinand, an unusual and high-minded bull who preferred sitting in the shade and smelling the flowers to charging around the dusty bullrings of Spain. Walt Disney made a successful film about Ferdinand in 1938. Chopin: Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21

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