ABCD Virtual Choral Leaders Festival 2021

We had the exciting opportunity to attend the ABCD Virtual Choral Leaders Festival from the 3rd – 5th of September 2021. It was a great experience, complete with webinars, workshops, exhibitions and the great chance to network with presenters and colleagues from all over the UK and the rest of the world!

There was an abundance of brilliant activities and events to virtually attend. We were able to enjoy some social time for interacting and exchanging stories, advice and more! There were some brilliant talks from special guests with lots of important information and introductions to new initiatives for all types of ensembles, as a way of moving forward as performance groups into the “post-pandemic” times.

It was so interesting to be able to converse with and listen to so many people from so many places, all with a shared passion and love for music, choirs and performing. It was a fantastic experience and we look forward to being able to potentially take on some of what we’ve learnt and put it into our own choir tours!


NAC Annual Conference October 2021

Coming up in October, we have the NAC (National Association of Choirs) Annual Conference in Blackburn! The aim of the NAC is to promote choral music across the UK by providing help and assistance to choirs.

We will be exhibiting in person at the NAC Conference on Saturday 16th of October. It should be a really great experience and reintroduction into events similar to this. There will be more information and updates nearer the time so keep an eye out! If you’d like to see what they do, check out their website

We’re excited to be back!

Sound Escapes did a fantastic job on arrangements for our tour . Would thoroughly recommend Jo to any choir looking to travel . All feedback has been positive from everyone who travelled . The extra care at meeting us at the coach and check in to ensure things ran smoothly went above and beyond .
Don OakleyMalmesbury ChoirOxford 2023
As a Chorister, and eventually Head Chorister in our local church choir for eleven years, Jo was talented, dedicated and could always be relied on to work to the utmost of her undoubted abilities. I would expect that she would apply the same attributes to her professional life
P BuckmasterChoral Director
You’ve been patient and kind all the way through this, Jo – especially with it being the first international tour I’ve done, and with all the unforeseen changes to the travel arrangements, so thank you to you and the team.
Sarah MonteithChoir DirectorResound ChoirParis 2023
Care and attention to detail of the highest degree. The planning with Jo Porter was detailed and meticulous, with nothing being missed, and although she was not involved in the accommodation arrangements, she nevertheless checked it out and acted as an intermediary.
Robin SpencerChoir Secretary, Phoenix Choir
From cathedrals and abbeys, churches and stately homes, all steeped in centuries of history, some in Roman Towns others in quintessential English ‘picture postcard’ villages, every choir and musical ensemble should spend a tour exploring the United Kingdom and Ireland. Whatever part of the country you to choose to visit, by working with a knowledgeable team of people who know the regions inside out from both a tourism and musical perspective, you will be guaranteed the richest of touring experiences
Tim KnightBritish composer and Choral Director
Brilliant tour, expertly organised. Kindness and compassion. Nothing was too much trouble. Colin, our driver, was a complete gem and so knowledgeable about the isle. Lovely hotel staff where nothing was too much trouble
Felicity CourageChoir Director, Courage Choir
One of the best tours we have ever undertaken – musically, socially and geographically. Would heartily recommend Sound Escapes to any group considering a tour.
Carole Lindsay-DouglasAmici SingersWeston-Super-Mare 2023

In May 2020 we were due to tour the Stirling area in Scotland and due to the current coronavirus pandemic we took the difficult decision to call off the tour. I’d like to give our thanks and praise to Jo and her team for all the planning and preparation she had done to put the itinerary together – she was able to provide us with an excellent range of stunning concert venues, plus some great suggestions for our leisure time, and we look forward to working with her again soon.

Sally ColesSecretary, Cantamici
Jo and her team came up with a fantastic itinerary for our choir and planned everything to the last detail. We always felt we were in safe hands and that they were on the end of a phone to help us with anything we needed. We couldn’t recommend them highly enough.
Rosie SayersChairperson for Sing It Loud Community Choir
Fantastic tour in Bonnie Scotland, enjoyed by all who went, singing and non-singing. Brilliant organisation from Jo who really made it all look so easy.
Kate HymansTour organiser for Masterworks Chorale