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



Departure Dates and Prices

Upgraded room supplements (per room): garden view with balcony £122; side sea view £164; front sea view £326.

13 Oct 2020

Status Limited

Price from£2659

Single Supp.£357

Call 020 7593 2284

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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

Alessandro Fisher, tenor
The Castalian String Quartet
Simon Rowland-Jones, viola
Ashok Gupta, piano

14 October
Puccini: Crisantemi
Janacek: String Quartet No.1 in E minor' Kreutzer Sonata'
Walton: Slow movement from String Quartet in A minor
Mozart: String Quintet in C, K515

15 October
Rachmaninov: A selection of songs
Shumann: Liederkreis Op.24
and piano sonatas by Scarlatti and Italian folk songs from Milan and Liguria

16 October
Beethoven: String Quartet in A minor, Op.132 and a quartet by Haydn

17 October
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge
Verdi: Scherzo fuga
Frank: Piano Quintet

18 October
Songs by William Walton, Michael Head, Granados and a selection of favourite Neapolitan songs and arias by Donizetti, Verdi and Lalo

19 October
Rowland-Jones: Festival Quartet - written for the Castalian String Quartet who gave the world premiere at the 2019 North Norfolk Music Festival
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No.6 in F minor, Op.80
Dvorak: String Quartet in . flat , Op.105 (1895)

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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