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The Kirker Ischia Music Festival

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Our annual visit to the beautiful and verdant island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples is a highlight in the Kirker calendar. Each year we travel with a group of distinguished musicians who play in a series of private concerts exclusively for our guests in the music room at La Mortella. Sir William Walton and his wife Susana lived here for many years. Lady Walton created what is today one of the world’s most famous gardens. Today La Mortella is a foundation, expertly managed by Alessandra Vinciguerra and her devoted team who ensure that the Walton’s legacy thrives today.

For our 2022 Festival we shall stay at the 4* Hotel Tritone, which is perfectly located on the beach of San Francesco, a few minutes’ walk from the historic centre of Forio and a short drive from La Mortella where the concerts are held. The hotel is surrounded by gardens which run down to the sea, and there are two bars, a restaurant, sun terraces and a swimming pool. Bedrooms are simply, but comfortably furnished, and they all have either a private balcony or terrace.

Forio is the second largest town on Ischia and has a charming old quarter with a good selection of shops, restaurant and bars. The local buses will take you to Ischia Porto, and Forio is served by hydrofoils to Naples. WH Auden and Chester Kallman lived in Forio and were frequent visitors to Maria’s Bar, which remains a popular local institution.

Our tour includes a half day tour of the island, as well as a private guided tour of La Mortella in the company of the gardeners, during which we learn the history of the garden and how it was developed in accordance with Lady Walton’s vision by the celebrated designer, Russell Page.

Optional Tours
We will be offering an optional visit to the Castello Aragonese, dramatically located on an island linked by a causeway to Ischia Porto, a wine tasting of local Ischitano wines at one of the many vineyards on the island and a boat trip around the island’s pretty coastline.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Seven dinners
  • Six private concerts as well as one concert given by the Walton Trust
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities as described
  • Private guided tour of La Mortella garden
  • Services of the Kirker Tour Leader

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:
Depart from London Heathrow at 11.15, arrive Naples at 15.00 
Depart from Naples at 15.50, arrive London Heathrow at 17.40


Departure Dates and Prices

Optional room supplements (subject to availability):

Side sea view: £220 
Front sea view: £340 
Superior no sea view: £340
Superior sea view: £520


The Balthasar Piano Trio

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Ailish Tynan

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Simon Roland-Jones

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Music Programme

8 October
Trio Balthazar
Simon Rowland-Jones, viola
An all-Beethoven programme
String Trio in C minor Op.9 No.3
Kakadu Variations
Piano Trio Op.70 No.2

9 October
Ailish Tynan, soprano
Iain Burnside
, piano

Grieg: Sechs Lieder Op.48
Faure: Cinq melodies de Venise
Hahn: Venezia
Puccini: Vissi 'd'arte (Tosca)
Puccini: Si, mi chiamono, Mimi (La boheme)

10 October
Trio Balthazar
Simon Rowland-Jones, viola
Mozart: A duo for violin and viola
Walton: Violin Sonata
Debussy: Cello Sonata
Ravel: Piano Trio

11 October
Ariel Lanyi, piano
Beethoven: Sonata No. 2 in A major Op.2 No.2
Janacek: On an Overgrown Path Book II
Schumann: Symphonic etudes, Op.13

12 October
Trio Balthazar
Simon Rowland-Jones, viola
Smetana: Piano Trio
Suk: Elegy
Dvorak: Piano Quartet in E flat

13 October
Sephan Loges, baritone
Iain Burnside, piano
Schumann: Zwei Venetianische Lieder
Luigi Denza: Occhi di fata
Schumann: Kerner-Lieder Op.35
Tosti: L'ultima canzone, Tristezza & Luna d'estate
Coward: Forbidden Fruit & A Bar on the Piccola Marina

Staff Reviews

Kirker Ischia Music Festival

By Barry Cheeseman, 18 November 2016

I hope you enjoy viewing our film documenting the 2013 Kirker Ischia Music Festival. As the person who is fortunate enough to organise and attend them all, I would like to share my own reasons why I think Ischia is such a rewarding week’s holiday. I have just finished leading one of our opera tours to Vienna and instead of flying home to London I travelled onward to Malta to join the Baroque…

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The Kirker Ischia Festival

By Mrs C, Norfolk, 04 February 2019

The hotel was excellent and cannot be faulted and all the Kirker arrangements were as expected, and again, could not be faulted. It was such a privilege to be in the company of such talented musicians, and to hear them in the surroundings of the lovely garden of La Mortella added to the pleasure. The music was superb - often challenging but always a joy.

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