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The Kirker Ischia Music Festival

Amalfi Coast 7 nights from £2,396 per person
Departs: 12 Oct 2018
Departs: 12 Oct 2018

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Over the past twelve years we have presented a series of high-level concerts on the beautiful island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples with some of the world’s most distinguished chamber musicians, pianists and singers.

All six concerts are private and arranged exclusively for our clients and they are held in the concert hall at La Mortella, next to the study where Sir William Walton composed. The hall is reached via the glorious garden at La Mortella which was created by Lady Walton over many years and is now universally recognised as one of the world’s great gardens. The autumn is a wonderful time to visit Ischia.

We stay at the 5 star Albergo San Montano where the manager and his staff have been giving a warm welcome to Kirker clients every autumn for more than a decade. The hotel enjoys a stunning hilltop location with panoramic views around the Bay of Naples. It is just a few minutes’ drive from the pretty village of Laco Ameno; a mini-bus shuttle operates on request throughout the day. The hotel has several pools, one thermal, a spa, terraces, a bar and restaurant. We include a guided tour of the garden at La Mortella and a halfday sightseeing tour of Ischia. There are two optional tours; one to Herculaneum and the Villa Oplontis, and one to Naples where we see two paintings by Caravaggio, visit the Cathedral of San Gennaro and take a tour of the Teatro San Carlo.

Watch a video of one of our previous Kirker Ischia Music Festivals.


What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Seven dinners
  • Six private concerts including 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 Gatwick at 13.00, arrive Naples at 16.40
Depart from Naples at 17.30, arrive London Gatwick at 19.25

There are direct flights from Manchester, Birmingham and Stansted to Naples, plus several options from regional airports - please call us for a full list.

Departure Dates and Prices

12 Oct 2018

Status Limited

Price from£2396

Single Supp.£252


Included Hotels


San Montano Resort & Spa
Ischia, Italy, Amalfi Coast, Europe
The San Montano enjoys an unmatched location, high on Monte Vico above the small resort of Lacco Ameno, with panoramic views out across the Bay of Naples to Vesuvius and Capri from the hotel’s many terraces. There are 73 bedrooms, a restaurant, a comfortable bar and plenty of quiet spots dotted throughout the gardens.
Barry Cheeseman

Barry Cheeseman

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Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective

Chamber Music Collective

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Music Programme


2018 Music Programme


13 October

Schubert: Adagio and Rondo Concertante D 487; Impromptu in G flat major D 899; The Shepherd on the Rock D965; 

Messaien: Quartet for the End of Time


14 October

Schumann: Märchenerzählungen Op.132 

A selection of songs 

Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A minor Op.114 

Clara Schumann: Romance No. 1 Op.22

György Kurtág: Hommage à Robert Schumann Op.15d


15 October

Vaughan Williams: Two English Folksongs for voice and violin; How Cold the Wind doth Blow

Britten: A selection of folksong arrangements

Poulenc: Fiançailles pour rire, for voice and piano

Fauré: Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor


16 October

A Musical Soirée: An uplifting selection of intimate works in which all the musicians will take part. It will include works by Beethoven, Schumann, Hahn, Kreisler, Gershwin, Fauré and Saint-Saëns


17 October

Debussy: Cello Sonata; Ariettes Oubliées 

Poulenc: Oboe Sonata

Walton: A Song for the Lord Mayor’s Table - a selection from the song cycle; Piano Quartet in D minor


18 October

Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F major K370

Brahms: Two Songs with viola

Dvořák: Piano Quartet No 2 in E flat major Op.87



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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