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The Kirker Music Festival at the Tresanton, St. Mawes

3 nights Prices on request

Our annual spring visit to Olga Polizzi's fabled Hotel Tresanton, overlooking the sea in St. Mawes, is a highlight fo the Kirker calender. Guests enjoy the superb level of service provided by Frederica Bartolini and ther staff, as well as delicious food and comfortable accommodation. Three top-level concerts will be held in the delightful Old Methodist Hall with its excellent acoustics. Performances in 2018 will be given by the Carducci String Quartet and Julian Bliss, clarinet, and will include works by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Haydn and Beethoven. In addition to the wonderful music on offer we will also enjoy a visit to the private garden at Lamorran, located just behind the hotel in St. Mawes and overlooking the sea. The garden was created by the owner after a visit to Lady Walton's garden on the island of Ischia. Suberb musicianship and staying in one of England's finest hotels combine to make for a memorable spring break at a time when Cornwall is looking its best.

The 5 star hotel Tresanton enjoys a wonderful position, overlooking the sea. Olga Polizzi and her brother Sir Rocco Forte have won accolades around the world for their work as renowned hoteliers and Olga is recognised as a leading hotel designer of stylish but comfortable interiors. The hotel has 29 bedrooms, a terrace and a cosy bar. The menus for the three candlelit dinners will be carefully selected by the hotel’s chef to ensure guests enjoy the best locally sourced ingredients. Please note that there is no lift at this hotel.

Option Excursion

Lanhydrock House (14 March, 9.30am – 2.30pm) £60 per person. Rebuilt after a fire in 1881, Lanhydrock is a perfect example of a late Victorian country house and estate. Our visit includes a private tour and a light lunch with time to enjoy the gardens

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Three dinners
  • Three concerts, each preceded by a musically illustrated talk
  • A visit to Lamorran Gardens in St. Mawe
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Lecturer and Tour Escort

Departure Dates and Prices

Carducci String Quartet

Carducci String Quartet


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Anton Crayton

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Music Programme

The Carducci Quartet will play each concert and will be joined by Julian Bliss, clarinet.

12 March:
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80
Glass: String Quartet No. 3 ‘Mishima’
(Note: originally appeared as part of the film score for Mishima, a film by Paul Schrader)
Dvorak: String Quartet No. 12 in F major, opus 96 (American Quartet)

13 March:
Weber: Clarinet Quintet in B flat major, Op. 34
Rowland-Jones: String Quartet No.6 ‘Flock of Knot’
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

14 March:
Haydn: String Quartet No. 4 in D major, opus 20
Bartok: String Quartet No. 4
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95

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