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The Kirker Music Festival at the Tresanton, St. Mawes

England 3 nights Prices on request

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. 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.


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 £220 per person (single occupancy £360) . Supplement to stay in a suite is £150 per night (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 Gardens in St. Mawes
  • Services of the Kirker Tour Leader

Departure Dates and Prices

Extra pre-tour night including dinner & breakfast available for £220 per person  (single occupancy £360) . Supplement to stay in a suite is £150 per night (subject to availability).

Carducci String Quartet

Carducci 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

Carducci String Quartet: Matthew Denton & Michelle Fleming, violins, Eoin Schmidt-Martin, viola Emma Denton, cello
Simon Rowland-Jones, viola


20 March

Rebecca Clarke: Poem
Schubert: String Quartet in E flat Op.10 
Beethoven String Quartet in E minor Op59, No.2 ‘Razumovsky’

21 March
Mozart: String Quartet in B flat K 458 ‘The Hunt’ 
Shostakovich: String Quartet in C minor No.8
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in F minor Op80


22 March
Haydn: String Quartet in B Flat Op 76 No.4 ‘Sunrise’
Rowland-Jones: String Quartet No. 7 ‘Flock of Knot’
This quartet was commissioned for the Carducci Quartet who gave the first performance in Cheltenham
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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