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The Kirker Music Festival, Tenerife

Tenerife 7 nights Price from £2,597 per person
Departs: 15 Jan 2022
Departs: 15 Jan 2022

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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 in January for our sixth festival, staying at the splendid 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.

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 All Saints’ Church which has been serving the British community for more than a hundred years, where 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 Maca, 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 Oratava 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
  • Six 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 12.20, arrive Tenerife South 16.55
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

15 Jan 2022

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Price from£2597

Single Supp.£398

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Tenerife, Spain, Europe

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.


The Navarra String Quartet


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Tim Horton

Tim Horton


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Benjamin Appl


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Christopher Monckton

Christopher Monckton

Tour Leader

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Simon Monckton

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Music Programme

16 January: Tim Horton, piano
Mozart: Fantasy in C minor, K.396

Mozart: Fantasy in D minor, K397

Granados: Goyescas Op. 11

This is considered one of the most difficult works in the repertory of solo music.

Chopin: Two Ballades Op 23 and Op.38

17 January: Navarra String Quartet

Mozart: String Quartet in G, KV387

Turina: The Bullfighter's Prayer

This atmospheric piece was inspired by the prayers muttered by the bullfighter as he prepares to enter the bullring to encounter not just the bull, but possible death.

Beethoven: String Quartet in F, Op.59 No.1 

18 January: Benjamin Appl, baritone; Tim Horton, piano

Three song cycles, two German and one English share the programme with two works by Chopin in a typically imaginative programme from these two artists.
Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Mahler's song cycle, Songs of a Wayfarer, tells the bitter story of a young man's failed quest for love who finds peace only in the shadow of a linden tree.

Butterworth: One of the many settings of A E Housman's 'A Shropshire Lad'

Schumann: Liederkreis Op. 39

19 January: Benjamin Appl, baritone; Navarra String Quartet; Tim Horton, piano
All the musicians will today take part in our own Kirker Schubertiade, which includes a selection of songs, a string quartet and a piano sonata.

Piano Sonata in A, D664

Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, D 810

'Death and the Maiden'

20 January: Navarra String Quartet
Haydn: String Quartet in F, Op50 No.5 'The Dream'

Rowland-Jones: String Quartet 'Etude'

Simon's 9th quartet was written for the Navarra's own annual festival in Weesp, and first performed in March 2020.

Ravel: String Quartet

Manuel Hidalgo: A new work by the Andalusian composer commissioned by the Navarra.

21 January: Benjamin Appl, baritone; Navarra String Quartet

Barber: Dover Beach for baritone and string quartet based on the poem by Matthew Arnold.

Dvorak: String Quartet in G, op.106

Bartok: String Quartet No.3 Sz.85

Rowland-Jones: A setting for baritone and string quartet of An die ferne Geliebte by Beethoven, composed for Benjamin Appl.

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