We’ve just returned from a flying visit to Bristol where Jo had the pleasure of joining Phoenix Choir of Crawley on their two day tour to Bristol. With just under 30 hours actually in Bristol (including sleeping!) the choir packed a lot into their short stay.

The concerts took place on Saturday afternoon in St Mary Redcliffe and Sunday afternoon at St Stephen’s Church where the choir performed excerpts from Rutter’s ‘Magnificat and other British choral works. The MD, George Salmon, also amazed us with a powerful solo performance of Finzi and Elgar! The setting, choir performance and audiences in both venues were just perfect.

Other activities which the group thoroughly enjoyed included a 3-course meal on the Saturday evening in Bristol’s longest established Chinese restaurant Cathay Rendez-vous and private boat tour of Bristol with the Bristol Packet Boat Trip Company

All in all a fantastic trip which was enjoyed by everyone and an absolute pleasure on our part to assist with their overall organisation!

Testimonial – ‘

‘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.

Both venues were carefully planned and their personnel and amenities generally very well prepared for the choir. The printed publicity, both the flyers and the A4 posters, were again very professionally-produced and of high quality. That fact, plus the contacts which Jo made with local choirs and other people, helped to ensure a very healthy audience at both venues.’ – Robin Spencer, Phoenix Choir of Crawley

Photo credit to Dave Evans

 

 

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
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
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
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
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

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