East of England

Explore East England

Medieval cities, pretty villages, beautiful beaches and the famous Norfolk Broads are just some of the attractions of this diverse region and a tour here will inspire you.

Musicians and artists throughout the centuries have been inspired by the scenic countryside and coastal landscapes of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Home to some of the country’s finest Cathedrals, greatest seaside bandstands, most exciting festivals and welcoming arts venues, East Anglia has the perfect venue for every kind of ensemble.

Our Tour Highlights

North Norfolk

On the North Norfolk coast, traditional seaside resorts neighbour quiet beaches and picturesque fishing village, including Sheringham where Ralph Vaughan-Williams wrote his Sea Symphony. ...more

Cambridge and Ely

Follow in the footsteps of the great minds who studied here as you enjoy a punt along the River Cam and tour the impressive colleges of Cambridge University. ...more


One of the country’s finest medieval cities, Norwich is brimming with historical charm and is a great base for exploring the surrounding countryside and coastal towns. ...more

Serene Suffolk

You’ll feel yourself relax as you tour Suffolk, renowned for its medieval towns & villages, beautiful countryside and stunning scenery that inspired Gainsborough and Constable. ...more

Performance Venue Highlights

Ely Cathedral

Ely is home to one of England’s most magnificent cathedrals and its Thursday lunchtime concerts attract tourists and regulars alike. Choirs are invited to sing in the Lady Chapel, famed for its lively acoustic. Concerts can be unaccompanied, or you can make use of the chamber organ or clavinova. A tour of the cathedral can be organised after your concert to allow you to fully appreciate this very special place.
  • Perfect for: Sacred Choirs
  • Repertoire: Sacred
  • Performance times: Thursdays at 1pm in the Lady Chapel - book early!

Gorleston Bandstand, Great Yarmouth

Sunday afternoons in Great Yarmouth are all about the bandstand by the beach. Bands are invited to play as part of the regular concert series, which attracts big audiences of holidaymakers, day-trippers and locals.
  • Perfect for: Bands
  • Repertoire: Light and entertaining
  • Performance times: Sunday afternoons from June to August and other times on request

Great St Mary’s University Church, Cambridge

The Thursday recitals at Great St Marys are well renowned in the city and attract large audiences of regulars, as well as students and tourists. For musicians, it is a wonderful opportunity to perform in a fabulous building that plays an important role in the life of the University of Cambridge.
  • Perfect for: Choirs and Chamber Orchestras
  • Repertoire: All repertoire considered
  • Performance times: Recital series on Fridays at 1pm. Visiting choirs can sing services during holiday periods

The Forum, Norwich

A cultural and social hub in the city, The Forum is visited by around 5,000 people every day. In front of the building, the amphitheatre is a perfect performance space where you can expect an enthusiastic audience for your outdoor concert!
  • Perfect for: All musical ensembles and performance groups
  • Repertoire: Light and entertaining
  • Performance times: Available daily throughout the year, dependent only on other events. Early booking recommended!

Norwich Cathedral

Dating back over 900 years, Norwich Cathedral is the most complete Norman Cathedral in Europe and a truly magnificent place to sing. The Cathedral offer a warm welcome to choirs who wish to sing services or to take part in their renowned lunchtime recital series. It is also possible to hire the Cathedral for a more formal concert, well suited to good quality orchestras and choirs
  • Perfect for: Sacred Choirs
  • Repertoire: Sacred and Classical
  • Performance times: Recital series on weekdays at 1pm. Visiting choirs can sing services during Cathedral Choir holiday periods

Aldeburgh Festival – Bandstand on the Beach

The Bandstand on the Beach gives our groups the fantastic opportunity to perform as part of one of England’s most celebrated festivals of music. After your performance, why not take your seat in the audience at Snape Maltings and enjoy one of the festival’s classical concerts. Attracting top-quality musicians from around the world, you’re in for a treat!
  • Perfect for: All musical ensembles
  • Repertoire: Light and entertaining, anything goes!
  • Performance times: Daily at 1pm during the Festival, usually 2 weeks in mid-June. Dates for 2024 to be confirmed.

Where To Stay

*official star rating

Holiday Inn Cambridge

  • Set in rolling countryside, this modern hotel is a 2 mile drive from Cambridge
  • Contemporary rooms equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities
  • Hotel facilities include a restaurant lounge area and bar, an indoor swimming pool and fitness centre

*official star rating

Holiday Inn Norwich City

  • Modern hotel located within walking distance of Norwich city centre overlooking the football ground
  • Spacious and comfortable rooms equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities
  • Hotel facilities include a large newly refurbished reception area, open-plan, informal bar and a large, contemporary styled restaurant

*official star rating

Belstead Brook Hotel, Ipswich, Suffolk

  • Elegant 3-star hotel built around a 16th century hunting lodge set within extensive lawned gardens.
  • All 88 traditionally furnished bedrooms are equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.
  • Hotel facilities include oak-panelled Manor Restaurant and the Garden Bar as well as a bright and spacious spa, leisure club with an indoor swimming pool, spa bath, steam room, sauna and gym.

Sample Itinerary

This itinerary is for guidance only and will be tailored to meet your exact tour requirements. The excursions and concerts featured below will be subject to your chosen tour dates, availability and budget. Please get in touch to discuss your potential tour in more detail and other opportunities available to your group!
Day 1Travel to your destination from your chosen collection pointWelcome drink at the hotel and time at leisureGroup evening meal at the hotel and time to socialise!
Day 2Day visit to the picturesque university city of CambridgeLunchtime concert in Great St Mary’s University Church, CambridgeEvening meal at the hotel and evening activity
Day 3Morning visit to the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen, the Sandringham EstateOptional lunchtime recital in Ely Cathedral or Sunday afternoon concert at he riverside bandstand in ElyEvening meal at the hotel and potential evening concert
Day 4Day excursion to the medieval city of Norwich. Optional lunchtime recital in Norwich Cathedral or outdoor concert at The Forum Spend the afternoon exploring Norwich or take a scenic drive to the seaside town of Gorleston and perform at the seafront bandstandEvening meal at the hotel
Day 5Enjoy the serenity of Suffolk with a visit to Constable country and immerse yourself in the countryside that inspired his paintings!Afternoon/evening visit to Snape Maltings, a leading centre of music, where you can take a tour of the unique performance space and enjoy a concert in these special surroundingsFarewell meal in local restaurant
Day 6Optional morning excursionOnward journey home

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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