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The Kirker Music Festival, Tenerife

Tenerife 7 nights Price from £3,196 per person
Departs: 20 Jan 2024
Departs: 20 Jan 2024

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Escape from the rigours of the British winter for a week of music-making in the sub-tropical Canary Islands. We return to Tenerife for our exclusive festival, staying at the splendid 5* Hotel Botanico surrounded by lush gardens in Puerto del la Cruz. Mass tourism is confined to an area far away from where we will be staying, and our tour will show you the island’s unspoilt volcanic landscape, well-preserved colonial villages and lush gardens. A visit to the Mount Tiede National Park is one of the highlights of a fascinating week.


The Itinerary

In addition to our programme of concerts at the Hotel Botanico, there will be a number of included excursions taking in the best of the island’s unspoilt north coast. We will visit the Sitio Litro Orchid Garden in Puerto de la Cruz, with its wonderful collection of more than three hundred varieties, followed by a visit to the Church of Our Lady of La Pena Francia, where our tour leader Christopher Monckton will give an organ recital. A visit to Mount Teide National Park will show us the island’s volcanic interior, and we will take a cable car to the summit at 3,718m from which there are breathtaking views of the island. We will also drive along the spectacular north coast route to Masca, a tiny village clinging to a steep ravine, and to Garachico with its 17th-century Franciscan convent. There will also be some free time to make visits on your own: La Orotava is a picturesque small town nearby and Tenerife’s Botanical Garden is located opposite the hotel.


What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Accommodation including breakfast
  • Five dinners
  • Six concerts
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities as described
  • Return flights
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Leaders, Christopher Monckton and Simon Monckton

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:

Depart London Heathrow 10.00, arrive Tenerife South 14.25
Depart Tenerife South 15.15, arrive London Heathrow 19.40

Alternative flights are available from regional airports – please call us for details

Departure Dates and Prices

20 Jan 2024

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Price from£3196

Single Supp.£490

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Situated in the harbour town of Puerto de la Cruz, within six acres of lush, landscaped gardens, the Botanico has a reputation for offering guests exemplary service and is the perfect place to relax and unwind away from the buzz of the south.


Melvyn Tan


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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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Katherine Broderick


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Gary Matthewman

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Matthijs Broersma


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Music Programme

Our Festival will include works by four Spanish composers. The Andalucian composer Joaquin Turin (1882–1949), the Catalan composer, Fernando Obradors (1897-1945) who wrote many songs, Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909) and Enrique Granados (1867–1916). Granados was born in Lleida and died in the Channel on the crossing from Dieppe to the English coast when it hit by a torpedo. He was returning from the hugely successful premiere of his opera, Goyescas, at The Metropolitan Opera.

Sunday 21 January

Melvyn Tan, piano
Melvyn will open the festival with works with a Spanish themed programme including works by two of Spain’s most distinguished composers, Isaac Albeniz and Enrique Granados as well as by Scarlatti who lived in Madrid from 1733 until his death there in 1757.

Monday 22 January - 11.00

Melvyn Tan, piano
Elisabeth Perry, violin
Simon Rowland-Jones, viola
Matthijs Broersma, cello

Mozart: Duo in B flat
Rebecca Clarke: Dumka Trio
Halvorsen: Passacaglia on a theme by Handel
Beethoven: String Trio in C minor, Op.9 No.3

Tuesday 23 January

Melvyn Tan, piano
Elisabeth Perry, violin
Simon Rowland-Jones, viola
Matthijs Broersma, cello

Mozart: A piano trio tbc
Schubert: String Trio in B flat, D 471
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat, op.47

Wednesday 24 January

Katherine Broderick, soprano
Gary Matthewman, piano
Simon Rowland-Jones, viola

Songs by Schumann, Richard Straus, Brahms, Debussy, Duparc including L’invitation au voyage and Le manoir de Rosemonde.

Thursday 25 January

Elisabeth Perry, violin
Simon Rowland-Jones, viola
Matthijs Broersma, cellist
Melvyn Tan, piano

Turina: Violin Sonata No.1
Brahms: Cellos Sonata in E minor
Ravel: Piano Trio

Friday 26 January

Melvyn Tan, piano
Elisabeth Perry, violin
Simon Rowland-Jones, viola
Matthijs Broersma, cello
Katherine Broderick, soprano

Gala closing concert with all the musicians in a varied concert of unusual pieces and songs and arias by Berlioz, Sain-Saens, Obradors, Bridge. the concert will end with a performance of the rousing Piano Quartet in E flat by Dvorak.

Optional excursion to the Canary Islands Music festival on Monday 22 January 

The annual Canary Islands Music Festival takes place during the course of our stay in Tenerife. We have rescheduled our own concert on 22 January to take place in the morning allowing you the opportunity to attend an optional concert at the splendid concert hall in Santa Cruz in the evening. Details are as follows:

Deutsche Kammer Philharmonie, Bremen
Tarmo Peltokoski, conductor
Chen Reiss, soprano

Schumann: Frauenlibe und leben – in an arrangement for orchestra by Conrad Artmüller
Mahler: Symphony No.4 – in an arrangement by Yoel Gamzou

The total cost for this excursion is £110 per person. This includes a second category ticket in the stalls (face value €65) and return transfers between the hotel and the Santa Cruz concert hall. 

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