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The Kirker Music Festival on Lake Como

Italian Lakes 7 nights Price from £2,947 per person
Departs: 23 Sep 2019
Departs: 23 Sep 2019

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Our first Kirker Music Festival on the shores of Lake Como in the spring of 2018 was a highlight of the season. Lake Como is one of the most beautiful places in Europe – calm and mysterious, its deep waters edged by elegant cypress trees and low-arching mountains. No wonder Goethe’s Mignon spent her life yearning to return to the land where citrus trees blossom. The lake has inspired countless writers, poets and composers,including Vincenzo Bellini who stayed in Moltrasio and whose statue reclines languidly by the hotel.

The Itinerary

We will visit the elegant Villa Balbianello, beautifully sited on its promontory. Afterwards we will sail across the lake to the lovely resort of Bellagio for some free time. We will drive inland to the Villa Cicogna Mozzoni, a private villa with a splendid interior and views out across the garden to the mountains beyond. Lunch at one of Europe’s finest hotels, the Villa d’Este, is also included in our tour.It is on the shores of the lake in the neighbouring village of Cernobbio. We stay in the 4 star Grand Hotel Imperiale in Moltrasio, a small village on the shores of the lake. The hotel has a lakeside restaurant, renovated bedrooms, spacious lounges and a spa with an indoor pool. There will be free time for you to use the extensive ferry services that leave from right in front of the hotel. Moltrasio has several excellent restaurants for you to enjoy.

Optional visit to La Scala, Milan 27 September

We are offering an optional excursion to La Scala for a performance of L’elisir d’amore by Donizetti on Friday 27 September. The all-Italian cast includes a number of the country’s best known singers including Rosa Feola as Adina, Rene Barbera as Nemorino, Ambrogio Maestri as the quack, Dulcamara, and Massimo Cavaletti as the glamorous Belcore.

We will depart from the hotel at 15.00 and drive to the centre of Milan. There will be some free time in Milan during which you may wish to visit the Brera Gallery close to La Scala and enjoy an independent light supper before the performance. We will drive back in Moltrasio as soon as the performance has ended.

The cost is £325 per person which includes return transfers to Milan, a first category ticket for the opera and a souvenir programme. NB The face value of a first category ticket at La Scala is €230.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Milan
  • Accommodation including breakfast
  • Five dinners and one lunch at the Villa D'Este
  • All concerts and talks as described
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities as described
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Leader and local guide

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:

Depart London Heathrow 12.00 arrive Milan Malpensa 15.00
Depart Milan Malpensa 13.20 arrive London Heathrow 14.25

Departure Dates and Prices

23 Sep 2019

Status Limited

Price from£2947

Single Supp.£580

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Included Hotels

Lake Como, Italy, Italian Lakes, Europe

This lake front hotel has been a local favourite for many years and following extensive improvements is now set to become a favourite for discerning travellers looking for good facilities and good value on Lake Como. The main hotel building, in late Art Nouveau style, is home to the elegant bar and ‘Cascata’ restaurant, while modern extensions house the small spa with indoor swimming pool.

Barry Cheeseman

Barry Cheeseman

Cultural Tours Senior Executive


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Graeme Coles

Graeme Coles

Tour Leader

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Luis Gomes

Luis Gomes


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Elisabeth Perry

Elisabeth Perry


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Simon Roland-Jones

Simon Rowland-Jones

Viola, Composer & Kirker Music Director

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Melvyn Tan


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Music Programme

24 September: Elisabeth Perry, violin; Simon Rowland-Jones,viola
Mozart: Duo in G K423; Haydn: Duo in F; Martinu: Madrigals
Bach: A solo violin sonata; Rowland-Jones: Duo for violin and viola

25 September: Melvyn Tan, piano
Melvyn’s solo recital will include works by Chopin, Liszt andBeethoven

26 September: Elisabeth Perry, violin; Simon Rowland-Jones,viola; Melvyn Tan, piano
Britten: Lachrymae
Brahms: Sonata in E flat for viola and piano Op. 120 No.2
Ravel: Sonata for violin and piano

27 September: Elisabeth Perry, violin; Simon Rowland-Jones,viola; Melvyn Tan, piano
Beethoven: A sonata for violin and piano
Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata D821
Debussy: Violin Sonata

28 September: Luis Gomes, tenor; Iain Burnside, piano
Luis’s programme will include arias from operas by Lehar, Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi and songs by Tosti, Rachmaninov and DeCurtis plus fado songs from his native Portugal.

29 September: Ailish Tynan, soprano; Iain Burnside, piano
Ailish Tynan is a well-known name, having been a BBC Young Generation Artist and currently giving performances throughout the UK and abroad. She has sung at the Royal Opera Covent Garden, ENO, Garsington Opera, Grange Park Opera and given recitals at every major venue including the Ludlow Song Festival and at Wigmore Hall where she performed with Iain Burnside and Benjamin Appl in February.

Recent Testimonials

The Kirker music festival on Lake Como

By Mrs H, Berkshire, 07 February 2019

The music programme was superb & it was great to have such entertainment on the premises. All the performers were magnificent. 

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The Kirker music festival on Lake Como

By Mr & Mrs P, London, 07 February 2019

We loved every moment of it - a perfect holiday.

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