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The Kirker Music Festival in Northamptonshire

4 nights Prices on request

We return to the pretty market town of Oundle on the banks of the River Nene in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside for our fourth music festival here. The rural heart of the country remains completely unspoilt, its landscape dotted with an impressive number of England’s most important houses, three of which we will visit. We warmly welcome the Chiaroscuro String Quartet who will be making their first appearance at a Kirker Music Festival. Two concerts will be given at the Talbot Hotel in Oundl eand one at Elton Hall, the home of Sir William and Lady Proby.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast and dinner
  • One lunch at Cottesbrooke
  • Three concerts
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities as described
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Leader and local guide


  • Day 1 - Arriving at Talbot Hotel

    Please make your own way to Oundle. If you are travelling by train the nearest stations are at Kettering and Peterborough. The 3 star Talbot hotel is located in the centre of the town, close to Oundle School and has a bar, lounge and restaurant. There is no lift but staff will help with luggage.
  • Day 2 - Cottesbrooke

    We drive to Cottesbrooke, a magnificent Queen Anne house where the Macdonald-Buchanan family have lived since 1702. We will enjoy a private guided tour and see some important English and French furniture as well as the Woolavington Collection of art. In the late 19th century the Hapsburg Empress Elisabeth was a regular visitor to Cottesbrooke, where she enjoyed hunting and escaping from the rigid confines of court life in Vienna. After lunch we will return to Oundle.
  • Day 3 - Boughton

    After a free morning we will drive to Boughton, the very grand house of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry. Heavily influenced by French taste, Boughton was known as The English Versailles. A private tour will show us some of the highlights of the important collections.
  • Day 4 - Elton Hall

    After a free morning, we will drive to Elton Hall, the much-loved family home of Sir William and Lady Proby, where alongside an important collection of art and furniture we will see much personal family memorabilia. After the visit we will stay on for drinks and canapés and for a concert in the house before returning to Oundle.
  • Day 5 - Last day

    The tour ends after breakfast.

Departure Dates and Prices

Barry Cheeseman

Barry Cheeseman

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Morgan Szymanski

Classical Guitar

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Chiaroscuro Quartet Photo credit: Sussie Ahlburg

The Chiaroscuro Quartet

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Music Programme


25 July

Morgan Szymanski, classical guitar
Simon Rowland-Jones, viola

J S Bach: Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor BWV 1008 – Prelude; arranged for guitar
Sor: Variations based on a theme by Mozart Op.9
Tarrega: Carpicho Arabe; Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Llobet: Three Catalan Folksongs
Ponce: Tres Canciones Mexicana
Albeniz: Two pieces from Iberia – Mallorca and Granada
Rowland-Jones: Banyalbufar 
This piece was composed for Morgan Szymanski and was first played on the Kirker Music Festival on Mallorca in the village of Banyalbufar, where our Festival is based every summer.

26 July

The Chiaroscuro Quartet
Beethoven: Three Quartets from Op. 18 – in G major, No.2, in D major No.3 and in C minor No.4

27 July

The Chiaroscuro Quartet
Haydn: String Quartet in E flat major Op. 33 No.2 ‘The Joke’
Schubert: String Quartet in A minor No.13 D 804 ‘Rosamunde’

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