Posted: 09 October 2017
Last month we took a party of choir leaders to Riga to gauge its suitability as a school music tour destination. The trip was a great success, many of the teachers who went were pleasantly surprised and intrigued by this unusual touring base.
On their trip, the music leaders visited several of the city’s historic churches as possible venues for their choir’s performances including St.John’s, St Peter’s, Riga Dome Cathedral and the Sigulda Lutheran Church. They visited several hotels, took a back stage tour of Riga Opera and went to the Gauja National Park.
Charlotte, Director of Music at a school in Berkshire shared her thoughts on the trip: “The fam trip definitely changed my perception. There were great concert venues to give a meaningful and memorable experience.
“As a result it will definitely be considered as a future tour destination. It enabled us to see a whole range of venues and activities and gave us a good insight into the country too.
“Club Europe and the local agents were outstanding! Thank you to the whole team for an excellent trip – it was extremely useful!”
“There was a great cross-section of attendees,” commented Oliver, Head of Music at a school in Devon. “The trip was meticulously planned and a passion for Riga came through; I’m really glad I went.”
Hilary is a Director of Music from Norwich:”I acquired two guide books and was horrified at the horrible time they had had historically. I thought there would be a strong Russian influence. I now think that it is a beautiful country, a lovely city and the people are really friendly.
“I had to miss most of two staff study days but being with eight colleagues was like an extremely useful Inset as well as helping me to think about our next tour.
“I have already put it down as the location of our next trip!”
Anthony Chew, Head of Music, Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, Lancashire.
Jane Werry, Head of Music, Hayes School, Kent.
James Williams, Llandovery College, Carmarthenshire.