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The Kirker Music Festival at The Grand, Eastbourne

3 nights from £996 per person
Departs: 27 Apr 2019
Departs: 27 Apr 2019

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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. Music has always been a central feature of life at The Grand: Debussy, Elgar, Dame Nellie Melba and many others stayed at the hotel.


Claude Debussy (1862-1918) at the Grand Hotel

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.


The 5 star Grand 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.

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

Departure Dates and Prices

27 Apr 2019

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Price from£996

Single Supp.£180

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Maxwell Quartet

String Quartet

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Simon Roland-Jones

Simon Rowland-Jones

Viola, Composer & Kirker Music Director

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Music Programme

The Maxwell String Quartet plays at every concert and will perform their own arrangements of Scottish folk songs each evening. Simon Rowland-Jones will present two musically illustrated talks on selected works during the festival.

27 April
Haydn: String Quartet in E flat Op.20 No.1
Joey Roukens (born 1987): ‘Visions at Sea’
A short piece by the Dutch composer written in 2011
Schubert: String Quartet in D minor No14 D810 ’Death and the Maiden’

28 April
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A minor Op.13
Debussy: String Quartet Op.10
Schumann: String Quartet in A minor Op.41 No.1

29 April
Shostakovich: String Quartet No.9 in E flat Op.118
Beethoven: String Quartet in B flat Op.130

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