Our second Kirker Jazz Festival will be held at Alex Polizzi’s stylish hotel in the picturesque and historic village of Alfriston, and stars the multi award-winning pianist and composer Gwilym Simcock. One of the finest and most respected jazz artists performing today, Gwilym was hailed by the late, great jazz pianist Chick Corea as a “creative genius”, and is currently pianist for the great US jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. Gwilym will be hosting our exclusive and intimate jazz festival with concerts in the beautiful Hope Chapel in Alfriston, in the company of three of modern jazz’s brightest stars: drummer Martin France, bassist Laurence Cottle and harmonica player Hermine Deurloo. Each contrasting set will offer something original and irresistible, beginning with a solo piano concert performed by our host, followed by jazz trio and, to finish, the beguiling combination of harmonica and piano.
Please make your own way to The Star, where you will be met by Oliver Condy and Gwilym Simcock, your hosts for the next three nights. Before each of our three concerts, we will enjoy delicious dinners in the hotel’s restaurant with Oliver and the musicians, and they will also join us for post-concert drinks in the stylish bar. During the day there will also be time to explore the stunning Sussex coastline and the South Downs, with maps for Alex Polizzi’s favourite walks available at the hotel. Duncan Grant’s murals at Berwick Church and the Towner Gallery at Eastbourne with its collection of works by Eric Ravilious are also within a short drive.
We stay at The Star (4*), located on Alfriston’s famously picturesque high street with its selection of galleries and shops. Olga and Alex Polizzi unveiled their latest venture to enormous critical acclaim in the summer of 2021. Dating back to 1345, this was a historic hostelry on the route between Battle Abbey and Chichester, and its 15th century façade remains unchanged, as does the extravagantly beamed bar. Behind this, a charming, leafy courtyard now leads to 30 comfortable and stylish bedrooms, each combining new and antique furniture alongside works by local artists. We will dine each evening in the hotel’s elegant restaurant. There is no lift at The Star but staff are available to help you with your luggage. There is a gated private car park right behind the hotel.