Cardiff Arms Park Male Choir has been on tour in the UK and abroad many times but their music tour to Tuscany last month - their first tour with Club Europe - was their best yet.
“It was a wonderful place to go to,” says the choir’s Chairman David James. “We had very good food, visited some beautiful places and sang in churches with absolutely stunning acoustics.
"Singing in the choir keeps us young and alive. Touring is great for the camaraderie. We always take wives – and even some groupies! – but being altogether away from home is great fun.”
The choir enjoyed visits to Lucca, Florence, San Gimignano and Pisa and sang in two of the region’s historic churches.
“The concert in Montecatini was amazing,” says David. “Our performance was being relayed by loud speaker into the square and by the end the church was packed and they were standing three-deep at the back. The acoustics were superb.
“We received a standing ovation and some choristers thought it was the best audience we’d ever had!”
David visited our offices in London to meet the people behind his tour.
“I would definitely recommend this to other groups if they can manage it,” he says. “Meeting Alahree and Alberto beforehand was the best of starts; we got on easily, it just made everything so much easier.
“Alahree was calm and highly competent throughout; she was wonderful to deal with. Nothing was too much trouble.”
We also arranged for the choir’s MD and stage manager to go on a pre-tour inspection trip.
“This was an excellent idea,” David says. “It gave us a chance to consider all the options, choose our hotel and see the venues before the tour.”
One of the highlights for David was his Tour Manager.
“We haven’t had one in the past but Joshua was wonderful. He couldn’t do enough to help. Some of the ladies wanted to take him home with them!”