With several members of staff playing in orchestras themselves, we are ideally placed to give the best advice for orchestral groups of all kinds. Whether you are a full symphony orchestra or a small chamber group, we take great care to match your individual group's needs with exactly the right music tour.
We pay particular attention to the details. For instance, we do advise larger orchestras (from the UK) to travel by coach where we can provide trailers for the transport of instruments. However, there are airlines that are better than others to use when shipping instruments to Europe.
It is important with orchestral groups to get the right space and location for their performances: Some of the big churches in Paris such as La Madeleine are suited to more classical repertoires, while the summer stage in Lake Garda in Italy is more appropriate for larger orchestras with lively secular music programmes, who are happy to perform outside.
Several members of our staff sing in a choir and love to share their enthusiasm and experience when planning our choir music tours.
Choirs have the advantage over other music groups: with no instruments to carry (apart from perhaps a keyboard) so there are innumerable exciting and - sometimes far flung - destinations to experience. Many of our groups enjoy music tours to New York, where they can perform in St. Paul’s Chapel close to Ground Zero or in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Choirs with a lively, jazz repertoire can perform at the Jazz Ministry, a church for secular music near Central Park.
We are careful to assess each choir’s individual history and repertoire to create the perfect tour for them. It is important in particular for less experienced groups to perform in the right venue, to the right audience. Belgium and Holland are good for less experienced groups, while Prague, Budapest and Venice are ideal for more established groups.
Are you thinking of takin your choir on tour for the first time? We can help. Click here to for some top tips on touring in Europe.
We have organised successful band tours to Europe and beyond for many years. Whether you play jazz, film music or show tunes, we have ideas for every type of band. We also cater for steel pan band tours, where working with a specialist steel pan conductor, we organise workshops, tuition and equipment hire for these unique bands.
Spain, with its warm weather, beach fronts and town squares, is the ideal location for band tour groups of all kinds. The Costa Brava and The Costa Dorada both offer wonderful concert choices and have Barcelona close at hand.
The parks in Paris offer another fantastic outdoor performance space with guaranteed good audiences in a lovely setting. Croatia is also a lively destination for bands, while Italy has lots of local festivals, where bands can participate. Malta is another favourite destination, hosting festivals for different saints in different towns throughout the summer.
Gill Chapman, Cecilia Singers, Berkshire.
Cath Danswan, Swindon Choral Society, Wiltshire.