So you're thinking of going on a music tour...Where do you start?

A veteran of music touring, conductor Tim Knight shares his experiences and advice for first time tourers. We interviewed Tim about the benefits and challenges of organsing a music trip for members, how to go about finding a music tour company and what effect music tours can have on an ensemble.

Read what Tim has to say here.

  • Tim Knight leads a performance while on a music trip to Belgium
  • A performance on their choir tour in Venice for Tim Knight's ensemble

Meanwhile here are Tim's Top Ten Tips for planning a music tour:

  1. Think where you want to go and your reason for going
  2. The size of your choir will determine the cost; the type of music you sing will determine the venues.
  3. Decide what you will sing. 
  4. Take repertoire you are absolutely sure of.
  5. Tours involve a lot of travelling and travelling is very tiring; so build in adequate rest and relaxation breaks.
  6. Appoint a stage manager. 
  7. Try to rehearse in a church similar to the venue before you leave the UK
  8. Appoint a tour coordinator
  9. Ensure that your tour coordinator will take care of everything non musical.  
  10. Remember that audiences abroad can be huge, well informed and very critical.

Read more here or find out more about all our choir tours and music tours for all ensembles.

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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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