Posted: 02 October 2017

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Choir Directors try before they buy!

Choir Directors try before they buy!

Earlier this month we took a party of choir directors to Riga to gauge its suitability as a music touring destination.

Our familiarisation trip was a great success, many of the music leaders who went were pleasantly surprised and intrigued by this unusual touring base.

On their trip, they visited several of the city’s historic churches as possible venues for their ensemble’s performances including St. John’s, St Peter’s, Riga Dome Cathedral and the Sigulda Lutheran Church.

They also saw several possible hotels where their group could stay. To give them an idea of the kind of excursions their members would enjoy, they took a back stage tour of Riga Opera and visited the Gauja National Park.

Here’s what Jill, Music Secretary from a choral society in London had to say of the experience:

“I had no idea about Riga. It has opened my mind up to it. I found it a very pleasant and interesting place to visit.

“I was interested to see if Riga would be suitable for our concert tours and also interested to meet members of the Club Europe team. They were very helpful, engaging and encouraging. It was really nice to form a personal connection with Jonathan and Tom which I think will support the ease of planning future trips.

“I enjoyed the itinerary, we managed to fit in a wide variety of activities. I was really impressed with the food. I had an idea that Latvian food would not be great (particularly being a vegetarian). I thought the trip was very well organised. I really enjoyed the boat trip and the trip to the Opera House.

“Thanks you very much, it was a great trip.”

Want to dicsuss a music tour to Riga for your choir? Call our friendly music team on Freephone 0800 496 4996. Or click on the links to find out more about our Riga music tours or to see all our music tour destinations.

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"Lovely venues, lovely audiences, comfortable accommodation. Alahree was very prompt and efficient with her responses and understood our needs well."

Gill Chapman, Cecilia Singers, Berkshire.

"It was brilliant and everything I expected from a tour and more. Jonathan was brilliant. He was always patient with me and nothing seemed to phase him. Sabine was just wonderful, always willing to listen to what I suggested we wanted from the tour. She has endless patience. Playing at the Last Post was so moving, we felt very privileged to be able to perform at such a moving ceremony."

Cath Danswan, Swindon Choral Society, Wiltshire.

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