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The Kirker Music Festival at The Star, Alfriston

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To celebrate our first Kirker Music Festival based at The Star, we have brought together four distinguished alumni from the early years of the Yehudi Menuhin School.

Each of them went on to forge an international career at the highest level and all four continue to give concerts. Elisabeth Perry is the Concertmaster of The Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Niall Brown is the Co–Principal Cellist of the Orchester Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Simon Rowland-Jones combines several different strands in his professional life including teaching at The Royal College of Music, directing the North Norfolk Music Festival and giving concerts, and Melvyn Tan’s international career continues with solo recitals and guest appearances with leading orchestras, most recently with the Gewandhaus in Leipzig.

There will talks with the musicians about their careers, what it meant to be at the school and the influence of the great violinist had on them as young musicians.

Concerts are given in The Old Chapel a few steps across from the hotel. Much careful restoration work has been done in recent years and the chapel is now an attractive and welcoming venue. The wooden interior and floor ensure that the chapel has a fine acoustic for chamber music.

The Hotel

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. The hotel has an elegant restaurant and cosy lounges. There is no lift at The Star but staff are there to help you with your luggage. There is a gated private car park right behind the hotel. The Star is located on Alfriston’s famously picturesque high street with its selection of galleries and shops, notably the wonderful Much Ado bookshop, one of the finest in the country.



What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Three dinners
  • Three concerts and talks as described with programme notes
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Leader

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Melvyn Tan


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Simon Roland-Jones

Simon Rowland-Jones

Viola, Composer & Kirker Music Director

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Elisabeth Perry

Elisabeth Perry


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Niall Brown - photo by Eric Chenal

Niall Brown


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Music Programme

Elisabeth Perry, violin
Simon Rowland-Jones, viola
Matthijs Broersma, cello
Melvyn Tan, piano

1 November
Mozart: Duo for violin and viola in B flat, K424
Brahms: Cello sonata in E minor, Op.38
Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor, K478

2 November
Ravel: Violin sonata No. 2 in G
Rowland-Jones: Elegy for viola and piano
Ravel: Piano Trio
Debussy: A selection of solo pieces

3 November
Beethoven: String Trio in C minor, Op.9 No.3
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat, Op.47
Chopin: A selection of solo pieces

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