BBC Music Magazine : 2019-04-17

Composer Of The Month : 62 : 64

Composer Of The Month

THE WEST COAST OF FRANCE: BORDEAUX, ROUEN & BRITTANY A TEN NIGHT MUSIC CRUISE ON BOARD FRED. OLSEN’S BLACK WATCH 10 SEPTEMBER 2019 Liverpool – Lorient – Gironde & Garonne Rivers – Bordeaux – River Seine Rouen – Saint-malo – Liverpool Combining the rugged scenery of the Brittany coast, river cruising on the Seine, Garonne and Gironde, and overnight stays in two fascinatin­g historic cities, our September music cruise is the perfect antidote to the end of summer. Musicians performing on this cruise include the Chilingiri­an String Quartet who will be reunited with their founder viola player, Simon Rowland-jones, pianist Carole Presland, soprano Sarah-jane Lewis, and baritone Morgan Pearse. THE ITINERARY After one day at sea, the Black Watch will arrive in Lorient. Known as the Five Port City, Lorient has a rich naval history and was at various times the headquarte­rs of the French East India Company and a base for the French Navy. From here we will visit the prehistori­c site of Carnac, where over 3,000 standing stones still mysterious­ly guard their secrets. Heading south we shall then spend two days in Bordeaux, a city that has been revitalise­d over the past decade or so, with its grand façades now gleaming and more handsome than ever. Bordeaux exudes a sense of style and sophistica­tion and is renowned as the world’s wine capital – surrounded by the most celebrated appellatio­ns including Medoc, Paulliac, Margaux, Sauternes, Pomerol and St. Emilion – and we will have time to visit several nearby vineyards. Sailing around the Brittany peninsula, we will travel almost 70 miles up the Seine as far as Rouen, a city of great historical importance due to its associatio­n with Joan of Arc, Richard the Lionheart and Monet, who painted a series of views of the cathedral – his beautiful garden sat Giverny are just an hour away. Our last port of call is the picturesqu­e ancient walled town of Saint-malo, close to the spectacula­r Mont St. Michel with its towering spire and maze of mediaeval forti cations. Liverpool Rouen St-malo Lorient (overnight) Bordeaux (overnight) THE MUSICIANS The Chilingiri­an String Quartet Simon Rowland-jones, viola Carole Presland, piano Sarah-jane Lewis, soprano Morgan Pearse, baritone Prices from £2,590 per person for ten nights including full-board, private drinks parties, all concerts, plus exclusive talks and interviews. Speak to an expert or request a brochure: 020 7593 2284 quote code GMU www.kirkerholi­days.com

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