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Director of Music at The Peterborough School
Helena McKillop Director of Music at The Peterborough School and music touring veteran shares some of her school’s music tour experiences and offers some tips for first time tour leaders.
For the leader it is a way of getting to know your pupils outside the classroom. When we are away the pupils are taught the importance of performing in a professional environment and ensuring that their performances are always of the highest standard.
Touring is a very good PR exercise too - the reputation of your school goes beyond your town/city, you would be surprised how much people enjoy seeing children perform and may well ask you back.
Absolutely. It’s something to work towards each year. Success will breed success. Make sure you take photos. Do a collage when you get back so everyone can see what a great time everyone had.
I did a lot of research prior to my first tour and in fact started with a weekend trip to Disneyland Paris. I have been touring with them now for nearly 20 years! For me it's important to work with a group of people who listen to your requirements and provide you with high quality performing experiences and good accommodation. Club Europe's experience and advice was very valuable.
There were so many. Mostly I remember the smiles, the laughter and the experience our youngsters got from performing in the most beautiful locations.
Darren Roberts, Mounts Bay Academy, Cornwall.
Anthony Chew, Head of Music, Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, Lancashire.
Jane Werry, Head of Music, Hayes School, Kent.
James Williams, Llandovery College, Carmarthenshire.