Friday, 18 September 2015

Holidays for Music Lovers

Heavenly holidays at home and away for music lovers one and all

Written by Wendy Gomersall
Kirker Holidays’ five-night Musical St Petersburg trip, departing on 9 November, includes visits to the homes of composers Shostakovich and Mussorgsky, the Mariinsky Theatre, Fabergé Museum and the Hermitage. The price includes BA flights from Heathrow, room at the fivestar Hotel Astoria, four dinners, three musical performances, tourist visa, tour leader Elizabeth Wilson, who studied with cellist Rostropovich, and local guide.

From £1,996 per person: 020-7593 2283,

The three-night Kirker Chamber Music Weekend in Alfriston, Sussex, from 1 December, features the Arcadia String Quartet from Romania. The break is based at the three-star Deans Place Hotel and includes breakfast, three dinners, three concerts and talks, all entrance fees and gratuities and tour escort.

£798 per person: 020-7593 2283,

Voyages Jules Verne’s Christmas Markets & Music on the Danube, encompasses Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava with guided tours, Strauss, Mozart and Schubert concerts and a look around Beethoven’s home. Departing 30 November and 4 December, the price includes flights and four nights’ full board on the MS Vivaldi.

From £995 per person: 0845- 166 7035,

The Rat Pack (or a group of chaps who look and sound like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr) will perform as The Rat Pack: Live From Kilworth at the outdoor theatre of Grade II-listed Kilworth House in Leicestershire, on selected dates between 27 November and 3 January 2016.

From £117.50 per person, including overnight stay with breakfast, theatre tickets, pre-theatre drink and threecourse dinner: 0800-089 3929;

Saga Holidays’ seven-night New Orleans Jazz in Croatia, based on the Croatian coast of Makarska, departs from Gatwick on 4 May 2016 and includes sessions from Laurie Chesco’s Reunion Band and talks by trumpeter John Shillito. Or there’s a sevennight Douro Valley Jazz cruise aboard Douro Princess with the Matt Palmer Jazz Band, which departs from Gatwick on 20 October 2016.

New Orleans Jazz costs from £779 per person, full board, including wine with dinner; the Douro Valley Jazz cruise costs from £1,449 per person, all-inclusive: 0800-096 0084,

Inntravel offers a walking holiday taking in Norway’s Hardangerfjord – amazing routes high above the fjord – with landscapes that inspired composer Edvard Grieg. His cabin stands in the Hotel Ullensvang’s grounds.

Seven nights cost from £1,032 per person, including B&B in five hotels, six dinners, five picnics, maps of walks and notes and luggage transfers. Flights extra: 01653-617000,

Contact Wendy at
Prices are correct at the time of going to press.

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