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The Kirker London Music & Art Festival

England 3 nights Price from £1,498 per person
Departs: 06 Dec 2022
Departs: 06 Dec 2022

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We will return to the Royal Over-Seas League in the heart of St. James’s exclusive club land for a new Festival of music and art this year. Based at this historic private members’ club, we will visit some of London’s top exhibitions and enjoy a series of concerts with members of Baroque ensemble La Serenissima, which are held in the Princess Alexandra Concert Hall at the Club. Highlights will include a major new Cezanne exhibition, a day spent at the National Gallery, to include two new monographs devoted to Lucian Freud and American painter Winslow Homer, and a fascinating insight into Japanese art at the Queen’s Gallery.

Royal Over–Seas League

‘ROSL’ is a non-profit organisation founded by Sir Evelyn Wrench in 1910, that exists to strengthen links between Commonwealth countries. ROSL Arts has, for more than 60 years, encouraged and nurtured the careers of artists and musicians from all over the Commonwealth and provided performance and exhibition opportunities. The London clubhouse where this holiday is based as over 80 comfortably appointed bedrooms. There is a bar, a restaurant, and a lounge. Park Place is in the heart of St. James’s, overlooking Green Park.


The Itinerary

We will visit two major and contrasting exhibitions at the National Gallery, with an interval between the two visits to allow time for lunch and to visit the excellent book shop. We will start with Winslow Homer: Force of Nature, the first London exhibition of one of America’s greatest and best-loved artists (1836-1910) with fifty works on display covering a period of forty years. Homer’s life covered the American Civil War, the abolition of slavery and the war with Spain. In the afternoon we will visit Lucian Freud: New Perspectives, including 60 works from seven decades of the life of Lucian Freud (1922 – 2011), an artist as well known for his lifestyle as his works and his uncompromising attitude to art. At the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, we will visit Japan: Courts and Culture, the story of the 300 years of diplomatic cultural exchange between the Royal Family and the Imperial Family will be told through displays of decorative and fine art. Finally, the Tate Modern will present a major new Cézanne exhibition in association with The Art Institute of Chicago, a major look at one of the world’s most important artists, which examines his journey from the south of France to Paris. Although associated with the Impressionists, Cézanne retained his own distinct style and language throughout his life. We include a private dinner in the elegant barrel-vaulted Georgian dining room of one of London’s exclusive private members’ clubs.


What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Three nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • Three dinners
  • Three concerts
  • Visits to the exhibitions as described
  • All entrances fees and gratuities as described
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Leader and local guide

Departure Dates and Prices

06 Dec 2022

Status Limited

Price from£1498

Single Supp.£240

Call 020 7593 2284

La Serenissima


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Music Programme

Venice in the late-seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries was a hotbed of musical activity. Whilst it is a city that is best remembered for the many opera houses and sumptuous concerts given in the famous Ospedali, there was also a significant appetite for performances of chamber music.
These concerts present music by a variety of composers, for 2 cellos (Cervetto and Marcello), violin and cello (Vivaldi and Mascitti), solo sonatas for both violin and cello (Somis), as well as late consort music by the maestro di capella of St Marks (Legrenzi), the playing-card manufacturer (Albinoni) and finally concertos from Vivaldi’s L’estro armonico, featuring the famous concerto for 4 violins in b minor.

6 December:
Sonatas of the Settecento
Including works by Vivaldi, Marcello, Somis and Cervetto

7 December:
Consort Music of the Late Seicento
Including works by Legrenzi and Albinoni

8 December:
Vivaldi: L’estro armonico (Opus 3)

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