KIRKER MUSIC HOLIDAYS

FOR DISCERNING TRAVELLERS Kirker Holidays offers an extensive range of independent and escorted music holidays. These include tours to leading festivals in Europe such as the Puccini Opera Festival in Torre del Lago, Grafenegg and the Beethoven Festival in

Bonn, as well as Glyndebourne, Buxton and opera weekends in Vienna, Milan,Venice and New York. Enjoy a series of exclusive chamber music concerts by internationally acclaimed artists on board Fred Olsen’s Black Watch during our tenth season of music cruises in 2016.The music is planned by violist and composer Simon

Rowland-Jones and a range of optional shore excursions will be available at selected ports of call.

A CRUISE TO SPAIN, MOROCCO & PORTUGAL

AN ELEVEN NIGHT HOLIDAY | 31 OCTOBER 2016

Harwich – Vigo (for Santiago de Compostela) – Casablanca (for Rabat) – Cádiz – Lisbon – Oporto – Harwich with The Gould Piano Trio; David Adams, violin & viola; Robert Plane, clarinet; Alec Frank-Gemmill, Principal Horn of the Scottish

Chamber Orchestra and Susana Gaspar, soprano Sailing from Harwich, two days will be spent on board the Black Watch to give everyone a chance to explore the ship and enjoy two full days of music, talks and interviews with the musicians. Our first landfall will be Vigo, Galicia on the north-west corner of the Iberian peninsula.Vigo is a dynamic and attractive city, close to Santiago de Compostela, the final destination for so many pilgrims over the years. Our next stop is Casablanca, a bustling and cosmopolitan metropolis with much colonial architecture. An optional excursion to Rabat will be available.We visit Cadiz and its old town and from here it’s just a short drive to Jerez de la Frontera, the centre of the sherry trade which will be the destination for another optional excursion. A day will be spent in the Portuguese capital with time to discovers its historic neighbourhoods, the regal resort of Sintra high in the hills above the city and Lisbon’s intricate Manueline architecture. Our final port of call is Portugal’s second city, Oporto the centre of the port wine trade and dramatically set on both banks of the River Douro.

Oporto

Price from £1,845 per person for eleven nights including all concerts, talks and interviews, full board throughout and two private drinks parties.

ART & MUSIC IN THE LOW COUNTRIES & GERMANY

A SEVEN NIGHT HOLIDAY | 11 NOVEMBER 2016

Tilbury – Zeebrugge (for Bruges) – Hamburg – cruising the River Elbe & North Sea Canal – Amsterdam – Tilbury

With three exclusive concerts given by the Navarra String Quartet

Sailing overnight from Tilbury our first destination is Bruges, one of the most perfect mediaeval cityscapes in Europe and a far cry from the scurrying nuns and gloomy convents of Korngold’s ‘Die Tote Stadt.’We will explore mediaeval churches along the canals, the Groeninge Museum with its works by Van Eyck and Hans Memling, and The Church of our Lady with Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child. After a full day at sea, we arrive in Hamburg, where we will visit the newly renovated Kunsthalle, one of Germany’s most important art collections, including Old Masters and German Romantics.We also see the house where Brahms lived and there will be a piano recital on the instrument used by Brahms himself. Approaching Amsterdam along the North Sea Canal, we will be looking forward to the splendidly renovated Rijkmuseum, as well as optional excursions to the Concertgebouw and the Van Gogh Museum.

Price from £1,480 per person for seven nights including three concerts, talks and interviews,

three private excursions, full board throughout and two drinks parties.

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