• Sacconi Cruise • June 2018 • Spitsbergen & Arctic Circle •

Kirker Music Festivals at Sea 2018

A remote and evocative archipelago,  the islands of Norway’s  Arctic north hold a unique allure for those with a sense of adventure.  During the long midsummer days,  Black  Watch will cruise up the spectacular Norwegian coastline,  past the Seven Sisters’  Mountain range,  and the North Cape as far as the  Arctic outpost of Spitsbergen.

The Sacconis will be on board for the whole cruise, performing in twelve of the eighteen concerts. Violist Simon Rowland-Jones will be joining the quartet, as well as guitarist Gary Ryan, pianist Tim Horton and baritone Gareth Brynmor John.

Music Programme

During the cruise, the Sacconis will be performing a total of thirteen concerts:

28 June at 18.30

with Simon Rowland-Jones (viola)
Haydn: String Quartet in C Op.76 No. 3 ”Emperor”
Mozart: String Quintet in G minor K516

29 June at 15.00

with Gary Ryan (guitar)

Vivaldi: Guitar Concerto in D RV93
Haydn: String Quartet in B flat Op.76 No. 4 “Sunrise”

and at 18.30

with Simon Rowland-Jones (viola) and Gary Ryan, (guitar)

Paganini: Trio in D for violin, cello and guitar
Piazzolla: L’histoire du Tango – 3 movements arranged for viola and guitar
Grieg: String Quartet No. 1 in G minor Op.27

30 June at 18.30

Haydn: String Quartet in D minor Op.76 No 2 “Fifths”
Suk: Meditation
Debussy: String Quartet in G minor Op.10

1 July at 18.30

with Simon Rowland-Jones (viola) and Gary Ryan (guitar)

Boccherini: Guitar Quintet No. 4 in D “Fandango” G448
Walton: Five Bagatelles for solo guitar
Brahms: String Quintet in G Op.111

2 July

with Tim Horton (piano)

Mozart: Sonata in B flat K333
Grieg: Lyric Pieces – a selection
Schubert: Sonata in G D894

3 July

with Gareth Brynmor John (baritone)

Barber: Dover Beach
Sibelius: String Quartet Voces Intimae
Gurney: The Western Playland

4 July at 18.30

with Gareth Brynmor John (baritone), Simon Rowland-Jones (viola) and Tim Horton (piano)

Rebecca Clarke: Passacaglia
Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel
Ravel: Don Quichotte a Dulcinee
Bloch: Suite

7 July at 18.30

with Tim Horton (piano)

Dvorak: String Quartet in G Op.106
Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor Op.14

8 July at 15.00

with Simon Rowland-Jones (viola), Gareth Brynmor John (baritone) and Tim Horton (piano)

Grieg: Air and Sarabande from the Holberg Suite arranged for cello and piano.
Vaughan Williams: Phantasy Quintet

9 July at 15.00

with Simon Rowland-Jones (viola) and Tim Horton (piano)

Haydn: Duo in F for violin and viola
Bridge: Lament for two violas
Beethoven: String Quintet in C Op.29

10 July at 18.30

with with Simon Rowland-Jones (viola) and Gareth Brynmor John (baritone)

Mozart: String Quartet in G K 387
Rowland-Jones: Teach me through your Trees
Schmumann: Dichterliebe

11 July at 18.00

with Gareth Brynmor John (baritone) and Tim Horton (piano)

At our Farewell Concert, Tim Horton will play a Beethoven sonata and Gareth Brynmor John will sing a selection of his favourite songs and arias. The concert ends with a performance of Schubert’s String Quartet in D minor D810 “Death and the Maiden".


All details can be found at the Kirker Music Festivals at Sea 2018 site.

We hope to see you on board!

Ben, Hannah, Robin and Cara