Sound Escapes Orchestra

The first known UK Orchestras were established as early as the mid-19th century.

They have been music making ever since with hundreds of amateur orchestras now playing across the land. As a nation, we love to appreciate music and revel in the enjoyment it brings.

At Sound Escapes, we fully appreciate the specific requirements of an orchestra and will discuss the logistics of transporting and storing your instruments at the very start of the enquiry process.

Performance Highlights

Along with this wonderful abundance of orchestras and appreciation for music making, comes an array of spectacular concert venues to choose from. Cathedrals, churches, arts centres, museums, amphitheatres, historic abbeys, bandstands, village halls, festivals and Christmas markets, there is no limit to the options available to your orchestra and we will select your venues carefully to according to your repertoire and size.

Performance highlights during a tour of the British Isles could be a lunchtime recital or evening concert in one of many city Cathedrals, all with a fascinating history and unique setting of their own. Or take centre stage at a state of the art performance venue such as The Sage in Gateshead, St Andrew’s Hall in Norwich or The Lowry in Manchester.

There are some wonderful music festivals that welcome orchestras within the UK in some of most scenic locations. WOWFest, Wells Orchestral weekend for Young Musicians is a weekend event set in the stunning medieval city of Wells with the opportunity to perform in its fine Cathedral. Or why not head for the hills, alive with the sound of music, and take part in the Pennine Spring Festival in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales. The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is based in picturesque North Wales and is far more than a renowned choral music festival. It is a celebration of music, dance, costume and culture from nations around the world and welcomes choirs, performing art troops and orchestras annually.


Ensuring you have an appreciative audience is our greatest priority here at Sound Escapes. Our UK location ensures that we not only have the best knowledge of the most effective publicity channels in each region but we have strong links and personal relationships with the regional tourist boards and music ensembles across the UK who would be only too happy to assist in publicising your concert. We will also provide advertising through print, online and social media and your Tour Manager will also assist with the distribution of concert flyers prior to your performances. We also encourage and can arrange joint concerts with musical ensembles based in your tour destination which also helps to promote your concert to local audiences.

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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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