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The Kirker Ischia Music Festival

Amalfi Coast 7 nights Price from £2,659 per person
Departs: 13 Oct 2020
Departs: 13 Oct 2020

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For over a decade 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.


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 08.15, arrive Naples at 12.00
Depart from Naples at 12.50, arrive London Gatwick at 14.40

Please call us for details of alternative flights from regional airports including -

Depart from Manchester at 10.05, arrive Naples at 14.00
Depart from Naples at 14.25, arrive Manchester at 16.25

Depart from Stansted at 06.00, arrive Naples at 09.45
Depart from Naples at 20.10, arrive Stansted at 22.00



Departure Dates and Prices

13 Oct 2020

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Price from£2659

Single Supp.£357

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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.

Alessandro Fisher


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Ashok Gupta


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Simon Roland-Jones

Simon Rowland-Jones

Viola, Composer & Kirker Music Director

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Castalian Quartet, photo by Kaupo Kikkas

The Castalian String Quartet


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Music Programme

There will be six concerts at La Mortella.
The Castalian String Quartet will play quartets by Franck, Beethoven Op.132 quartet, Janacek’s dramatic quartet ‘Kreutzer Sonata,’ ‘Arcadiana’ by Thomas Ades, Mozart’s string quartet No.23, and the serene slow movement from William Walton’s string quartet. Puccini’s youthful and sublime ‘Crisantemi,’ which the composer used later in his opera Manon Lescaut is also included.
Simon Rowland-Jones, viola, will join the quartet for performances of two string quintets by Brahms and Mozart and the Castalian will be joined by Ashok Gupta for performances of two piano quintets by Schumann and Franck.
Alessandro Fisher and Ashok Gupta will give two recitals and their programmes will include arias from operas by Donizetti, Verdi and other Italian composers. Alessandro has Italian parentage and will sing a selection of traditional songs from Naples, Liguria and Lombardy. Alessandro will join the Castalian String Quartet in a performance of Vaughan Williams’s A Shropshire Lad set to words by A. E. Housman.

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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