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The North Norfolk Music Festival

4 nights Price from £1,245 per person
Departs: 10 Aug 2020
Departs: 10 Aug 2020

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The North Norfolk Music Festival reaches its 16th year in 2020. It was founded by Kirker’s very own Barry Cheeseman and Simon Rowland-Jones, viola player, composer, teacher and Kirker’s Director of Music. Concerts are held in the beautiful 13th century Church of Our Lady St. Mary in the peaceful village of South Creake, just five miles from the coast. We stay at Briarfields Hotel in Titchwell with wonderful views out across the marshes to the sea. We include visits to three of Norfolk’s most important houses – Holkham, Raynham and Houghton Hall.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Four nights' accommodation with breakfast
  • Two dinners at the hotel and two in the festival Marquee at South Creake
  • Tickets for all concerts as described (seats in the church are unreserved but cushions will be provided)
  • A programme for all concerts
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Leader and local guide


  • Day 1 - Arrive in Titchwell

    Please make your own way to the Briarsfield Hotel in Titchwell. Clients travelling by train should go to King’s Lynn station and continue by taxi (fare is approximately £50 each way), or use the Coast Hopper Bus which is timed to meet the train from London and stops immediately outside the station in King’s Lynn and outside the hotel in Titchwell. You should plan to arrive by 3.30pm at the latest.
  • Day 2 - Houghton

    Today’s visit is to Houghton Hall, the seat of the Lord Great Chamberlain, the Marquess of Cholmondeley. We will enjoy a private tour here followed by some free time in the glorious rose gardens created and designed by the Marquess in memory of his grandmother, Sybil Sassoon whose fortune saved Houghton from ruin.
  • Day 3 - Raynham Hall

    We have a private visit of Raynham Hall, located a few miles south of the market town of Fakenham and the home of the Marquess and Marchioness Townshend. The Townshend family have lived at Raynham for more than 400 years and Charles Townshend is the 8th Marquess. Although there is no information about the architect, it is clear that Raynham Hall was influenced by the work of Inigo Jones. William Kent worked at Raynham between 1725 and 1732 and much of his finest work can be seen here in the sumptuous interiors.
  • Day 4 - Holkham Hall

    Today we drive along the north Norfolk coast road to Holkham. Our first stop is Holkham Hall, the seat of The Earl and Countess of Leicester, a magnificent Palladian-style house set in a glorious park not far from the sea, designed for the first Earl in the 1750s. We have a guided tour followed by an included lunch in Holkham’s cafe. Before returning to Titchwell, we visit a private house on the Holkham Estate to see the owner's beautiful garden.
  • Day 5 - Tour ends

    The tour ends today. Taxis for your journey back to King’s Lynn should be pre-booked with the tour leader.

Departure Dates and Prices

10 Aug 2020

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Music Programme

10 August
Karski Quartet
This young quartet came together at the Royal Northern College of Music and are members of the European Chamber Music Academy.
Haydn: String Quartet in B minor Op.13 No.1
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A minor Op.13
Rowland-Jones: String Quartet No.3

12 August
Roman Kosyakov, piano
The young Russian pianist studied in Moscow and made his debut as a soloist with an orchestra at the age of 12.
Shostakovich: Piano Sonata No.2 in B minor Op.61 No.2
Rachmaninov: Preludes
Tchaikovsky: Grand Piano Sonata in G Op.37

12 August
Maxwell Quartet
Prokofiev: String Quartet No.1 in B minor Op.50
Haydn: String Quartet in G minor Op.74 No.3
Dvořák: String Quartet in G op.106

13 August
Peter Mallinson and Matthias Wiesner, violas
Peter and Matthias are colleagues in the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Two arrangements by Taylor-Cohen
Glinka: Ruslan & Ludmilla Overture
Schubert: Three Songs
Rowland-Jones: Sonata for two violas
Lionel Tertis: Variations on a passacaglia by Handel.

13 August
Melvyn Tan, piano.
Haydn: Sonata in E flat major No.62 HOB:XVI/52
Chopin: Four Scherzi
Messaien: Excerpts from Vingt Regards

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