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Kirker Music Festival at The Grand, Eastbourne

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Described by the 11th Duke of Devonshire as ‘the jewel in Eastbourne’s splendid crown’, The Grand enjoys a majestic position in this elegant seaside resort, which was developed by the Cavendish family in the late 19th century and is the perfect home for our new exclusive music festival. It is a benchmark of comfort and style from that romantic period, more reminiscent of the grand hotels of the capitals of central Europe than of the English coast.



The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne

The 5 star Grand Hotel overlooks the English Channel, a short walk from the centre of Eastbourne and from Devonshire Park and the Towner Art Gallery. It has spacious public lounges, restaurants and bars, and an impressive spa with indoor pool, gym, solarium and treatment rooms. Free use of the spa’s facilities is included. Our concerts will be held in the Compton Room. Bedrooms are comfortable and well appointed. You can choose between an inland facing room or a room with a sea view.


Claude Debussy (1862-1918) at the Grand

A certain M. et Mme. Claude Debussy checked into the Grand Hotel on 24 July 1905 but in truth the guests were M. Debussy and his mistress, Emma Bardac, not his wife. Emma was an accomplished singer and married to a rich financier. They had left Paris to avoid the final judgement in Debussy’s divorce from the real Mme. Debussy. News of the divorce settlement, which went against the composer, together with acerbic observations from the judge, came through to them on 2 August. The couple stayed on in Eastbourne until 30 August. Debussy corrected the score of his masterpiece, La mer, while at the Grand – a perfect location for such work. His stay in Eastbourne played no part in the history of La mer but while in Eastbourne he did compose ‘Reflets dans  l’eau’, part of his Images pour piano.


What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Three nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • Three dinners
  • All concerts and talks as described
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Leader and local guide

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Located on the promenade with magnificent views of the English Channel, the 'White Palace' was once a popular destination for Victorians seeking the health benefits of the bracing sea air. Famous former guests include Winston Churchill and Claude Debussy, who corrected the score of his masterpiece, La mer, while in residence.


Doric String Quartet

String Quartet

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Simon Roland-Jones

Simon Rowland-Jones

Viola, Composer & Kirker Music Director

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Barry Cheeseman

Barry Cheeseman

Cultural Tours Senior Executive


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Music Programme

The Doric String Quartet

13 June

Haydn: String Quartet in F Op.50 No.5 ' The Dream'
Beethoven: String Quartet in E flat, Op.123

14 June

Haydn: String Quartet in B flat, Op.50 No.1
Rowland-Jones: String Quartet No.5 ' Caravaggio'
This work is inspired by Caravaggio's masterpiece The Beheading of St John the Baptist in St John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta

Debussy: String Quartet
This work is included to mark the composer's two months stay in The Grand Hotel, Eastbourne in 1905 with his mistress, later his wife, the singer Emma Barsac.

15 June

Schubert: Quartettsatz D 703
Bartok: String Quartet No.2
Beethoven: String Quartet in B flat, Op.18 No.6

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