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The Kirker Music Festival in Northamptonshire

England 4 nights Price from £1,395 per person
Departs: 11 Jul 2022
Departs: 11 Jul 2022

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We return to the pretty market town of Oundle on the banks of the River Nene in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside. 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. Two concerts will be given at the Talbot Hotel in Oundle and 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 - Deene Park

    Today we visit Deene Park, home of the Brudenell family since 1514. This imposing house combined mediaeval, Tudor and Georgian styles and is surrounded by a magnificent garden with a wonderful collection of English roses.
  • 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

11 Jul 2022

Status Limited

Price from£1395

Single Supp.£180

Call 020 7593 2284
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The Sacconi Quartet

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Simon Rowland-Jones

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Music Programme

Sacconi String Quartet
Simon Rowland-Jones
, viola

12 July
Purcell: Fantasias
Tippett: String Quartet No.2
Schubert: String Quartet in D minor D810 ‘Death and the Maiden’

13 July
Haydn: String Quartet in D minor, Op.76 No.2 ‘Fifths’
Bridge: Lament and Caprice for two violas
Beethoven: String Quartet in F Op.59 No.1 ‘Razumovsky’

14 July
Schubert: String Quartet in A minor, D804 ‘Rosamunde’
Dvorak: String Quintet in E flat, Op.97



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