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The Kirker Ischia Music Festival

Amalfi Coast 7 nights Price from £2,489 per person
Departs: 11 Oct 2019
Departs: 11 Oct 2019

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Over the past thirteen years we have presented a series of 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. This year the music programme will include two Schubertiade concerts.

We stay at the 5 star Albergo San Montano with its stunning hilltop location and 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 half-day sightseeing tour of Ischia. There are three optional tours; one to Herculaneum and the Villa Oplontis, 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; the third is a half-day exploration of the Ischia countryside during which we visit a vineyard and enjoy a wine tasting with local produce.


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 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

11 Oct 2019

Status Limited

Price from£2489

Single Supp.£350

Call 020 7593 2284

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.
Carducci String Quartet

Carducci String Quartet


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Simon Roland-Jones

Simon Rowland-Jones

Viola, Composer & Kirker Music Director

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Tim Horton

Tim Horton


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James Gilchrist

James Gilchrist


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Music Programme

12 October: Simon Rowland-Jones, viola; Tim Horton, piano
Schubertiade No.1:
Piano Sonata in A D959
Arpeggione Sonata in A minor D821

13 October: Carducci Quartet
Haydn: String Quartet in D major Op.20 No. 4
Verdi: String Quartet
Beethoven: String Quartet in F minor Op.95 No.11

14 October: Carducci Quartet; Simon Rowland-Jones, viola
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 2 in A major Op 68
Brahms: String Quintet in G minor Op.111

15 October: James Gilchrist, tenor; Tim Horton, piano
Songs by Chopin and Liszt, Rückert-Lieder by Mahler, and Preludes for Piano by Simon Rowland-Jones composed for Tim Horton.

16 October: Carducci String Quartet; James Gilchrist, tenor;Tim Horton, piano
Schubertiade No. 2:
Adagio and Rondo Concertante D 487 in F major for piano quartet
A selection of songs including ‘Death and the Maiden’
String Quartet No.14 in D minor ‘Death and the Maiden’

17 October: Carducci Quartet; James Gilchrist, tenor; Tim Horton, piano
Walton: Two Pieces for strings from Henry V
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge
Wolf: Italienisches Liederbuch
Wolf: Italian Serenade
Liszt: Venezia e Napoli

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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