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Ireland/Englad Tour Help

Greetings Colleagues!

I am in the process of planning a choir tour to Ireland/England and am in need of some hints on places to go, things to do, but mostly places to sing!!! We will be there in June of 2010. We've got the gist done, but I am looking for the hidden treasures. Exchanges with any groups that you can recommend, any particularly beautiful churches we should see? This is an all female high school ensemble. We do advanced level literature (Holst Ave Maria, Victoria Pueri, Faure, Stravinsky, Britten).
 

Thank you for your time and assistance

 

-Brian Dehn

Music Instructor, Cornelia Connelly School

Anaheim, CA

 

on September 8, 2009 1:13pm
Brian,
 
I have been on two trips to Ireland and England and both times we used Peter Baldwin from Charter Travel to arrange our tour.  We were last with him in August 2008.  One of our concerts was a ticketed benefit concert for a charity in Bristol that resulted in a full house.  He can arrange and publicize concerts better than anyone else I know of.  He also arranges residencies at Cathedrals while their choirs are on holiday.   It's easy to schedule a concert in a church, but hard to guarantee that there will be an audience.  With Peter, our groups always had good groups of people in the audience to sing for, making for a better experience.  His company's website is http://www.charter-travel.com/
 
Best wishes with your tour,
Josh Melson
on September 9, 2009 6:54am
Brian,
We toured England in 2005 and participated in the Shrewsbury International Music Festival. It was a great experience. You should look into singing at Chester Cathedral, St. Mary's in Aylesbury, Southwark Cathedral, and of course St. Paul's. Our final performance was at St. Paul's and it was truly a once in a life time memory. Just remember that it's almost a 13 second delay in the sanctuary. There is also Salisbury Cathedral where Stonehenge is, but we didn't sing there.
Best of luck,
Bruce
Acalanes High School
Lafayette, CA
on September 10, 2009 2:07am
For Ireland you should contact Cumann Náisiúnta na gCór/The Association of Irish Choirs.  They should be able to advse you and perhaps even give contacts.  Here's a link to them:
 
 
 
There is also Choral Ireland on Yahoo Groups.
 
 
Hope this helps.
 
David Monks
on September 10, 2009 11:33am
See and sing at Boxgrove Priory, Holy Trinity Bosham, and Chichester Cathedral.  Get in touch if you want to stay with choir families.
 
on October 10, 2009 6:40pm
Regarding places to sing in Ireland, the city of Galway on the west coast is always a favourite with travelling choirs.  There are a host of choirs there to hook up with while touring, as well as a multitude of beautiful churches to sing in with a long and rich history, like St Nicholas', where Christopher columbus prayed before setting out to find the states. Nationwide, there's  Chistchurch cathedral in Dublin, st Mary's Cathedral in limerick, Tuam and Galway Cathedrals. Galway also has a very appreciative audience for choirs, they're always well received.
Best of luck with it.
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