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The Kirker Music Festival at the Tresanton, St. Mawes

England 3 nights Price from £1,497 per person
Departs: 12 Dec 2022
Departs: 12 Dec 2022

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Our annual visit to Olga Polizzi’s fabled Hotel Tresanton in St.Mawes combines a relaxing escape in Cornwall with a series of world-class chamber music recitals, and is a highlight of the Kirker calendar. Performances in December 2021 will be given by the Maxwell Quartet and in March 2022 by the Karski String Quartet. In addition to the wonderful music on offer we will also enjoy a visit to the private garden at Lamorran, inspired by Lady Walton’s garden on the island of Ischia in March and to Trelissick Garden, with sweeping views over the Fal estuary, in December.


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. 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.


Extra pre-tour night including dinner & breakfast available for £160 per person  (single occupancy £264) in March and £180 per person (single occupancy £298) in December. Supplement to stay in a suite is £110 per night in March and £124 in December (subject to availability).

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Three nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • Three concerts
  • Three dinners at the hotel
  • A visit to Lamorran or Trelissick Gardens in St. Mawes
  • Services of the Kirker Tour Leader

Departure Dates and Prices

Extra pre-tour night including dinner & breakfast available for £160 per person  (single occupancy £264) in March and £180 per person (single occupancy £298) in December. Supplement to stay in a suite is £110 per night in March and £124 in December (subject to availability).

12 Dec 2022

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Single Supp.£345

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The Karski Quartet

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Castalian Quartet, photo by Kaupo Kikkas

The Castalian String Quartet


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Simon Roland-Jones

Simon Rowland-Jones

Viola, Composer & Kirker Music Director

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Music Programme

The concerts are given in the charming Old Methodist Hall in the village. The Hall, which has a fine acoustic ideal for chamber music, was restored and decorated by Olga Polizzi who has donated it to the village for community events. The talks will be given in the Hotel Tresanton. Tea and homemade biscuits will be provided.

March Departure

Karski String Quartet: Kaja Novak, Natalla Kotarba, violins, Diede Verpoest, viola, Julia Kotarba, cello
Simon Rowland-Jones, viola


14 March
Debussy: String Quartet
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A minor, Op.13
Webern: Langsamer Satz


15 March
Prach Boondiskulchok: Ritus
Britten: String Quartet No.2 in C major, Op.36
Dvorak: String Quartet in G, Op.106


16 March
Haydn: String Quartet, Op.76 No.1 in G major
Rowland-Jones: String Quartet No. 3
Mozart: String Quintet in G minor, K516


December Departure

Castalian String Quartet
Simon Rowland-Jones, viola


12 December
Haydn: String Quartet in E flat, Op.20 No.1
Beethoven: String Quartet in B flat, Op.130


13 December
Britten: String Quartet No.1 in D Op.25
Kaija Saariaho: ‘Terra Memoria’
Kaija Saariaho was born in Helsinki in 1952 and in 2019 readers’ poll in BBC Music Magazine was voted as the leading living composer. More well known for her operas, Kaija has written several pieces for chamber groups. This piece was commissioned in 2006 by the Escuela Superiore de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid and is dedicated to the memories of the departed but who still live on in the lives of others.
Elgar: String Quartet in E minor, op.83


14 December

Janacek: String Quartet No. 2 ‘Intimate Letters’
Schubert: String Quartet No.15 in G, D887.
Schubert’s last quartet published posthumously in 1851, fifteen years after the composer’s death.


Members of the quartet will be in conversation every day with Barry Cheeseman and Simon Rowland-Jones about the pieces included in the holiday and their lives in music.

Recent Testimonials

The Kirker Spring Music Festival, Tresanton

By Mrs C, Plymouth, 07 February 2019

I enjoyed the holiday experience very much. The Quartet were delightful both musically & socially and the tour leaders were quietly authoritative, helpful & knowledgeable. I shall certainly hope to travel with Kirker again. 

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