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The Kirker London Music & Art Festival

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Following last year’s successful stay at The Royal Over-Seas League in the heart of St. James’s exclusive club land, we will return to this private members’ club in the summer and visit historic houses and London’s top exhibitions. We include a series of four concerts which are held in the Princess Alexandra Concert Hall at the Club. In the company of art historian Maryann Johnson, we shall visit the 250th Summer Exhibition at the nearby Royal Academy, as well as major new exhibitions at Tate Britain and the National Gallery. We shall also make an excursion to two historic residences in southeast London and there will be time for some independent exploration. 

Royal Over–Seas League

The 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 has over 80 comfortably appointed bedrooms. There is a bar, a restaurant and a lounge. Park Place is located in the heart of St. James’s overlooking Green Park.


The Itinerary

We include visits to two very different houses in southeast London; Eltham Palace and The Red House. Eltham Palace was once a mediaeval royal palace and in the 1930’s it was transformed into a glittering private home by Stephen Courtauld. It is a showpiece of Art Deco design with an equally stunning 19 acres of landscaped gardens. The Red House, in nearby Bexleyheath, was commissioned, created and lived in by William Morris, founder ofthe Arts and Crafts Movement. We see the exhibition of works by the English born American landscape painter, Thomas Cole (1801-1848) at The National Gallery. The exhibition includes one of the most iconic American paintings, ‘The Oxbow.’ Two major exhibitions at Tate Britain include Art in the Wake of WW1 which shows how artists changed their styles following the atrocities of the Great War. All Too Human focuses on Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and other artists known for their unflinching portrayal of the human form and psyche. The Royal Academy will be celebrating 250 years of its annual Summer Exhibition, the world’s most prestigious open exhibition. It was once the grandest social occasion of its day. In addition to the exhibits, the RA is mounting another exhibition, ‘The Great Spectacle,’ tracing the history of the Summer Exhibition from its origins in the 18th century. In 1879 it attracted 391,000 visitors, a record that still stands. Both the Main Galleries and the Sackler Wing will be devoted to the two exhibitions.


What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast and dinner
  • Visits to the exhibitions as described
  • All entrances fees and gratuities as described
  • Four concerts at ROSL
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Leader and local guide
  • NB: Travel by coach to The National Gallery, Tate Britain, Eltham Palace and The Red House

Departure Dates and Prices

Rafael Aguirre. Photo: (C) European Music Foundation (Liz Isles)

Rafael Aguirre

classical guitar

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Consort of Viols

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Lisa Milne

Lisa Milne


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Tim Horton

Tim Horton


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Alexander Ullman. Photo Kaupo Kikkas

Alexander Ullman


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Music Programme

30 July

Alexander Ullman, piano
Haydn: Variations in F minor Hob XVII:6
Beethoven: Sonata in F minor Op.57 ‘Appassionata’
Ravel: Noctuelles and Oiseaux tristes from Miroirs
Stravinsky: Trois mouvements de Petrouchka

31 July

Rafael Aguirre, classical guitar
Schumann: Kinderszenen Op.15 arranged for guitar
Rodrigo: Toccata; Invocación y danza
Regondi: Introduction et caprice Op.23
Tarrega: Carnaval de Venecia
Barrios: Vals Op.8 No.4
De Falla: Danza from La Vida Breve

1 August

Fretwork, Consort of Viols
Works by William Young, Jean Baptiste Antoine Forqueray, Couperin and Purcell.

2 August

Lisa Milne, soprano & Tim Horton, piano
Their recital will include songs by Schumann, Purcell, Richard Strauss, Debussy, Poulenc and Roger Quilter


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