Northumbria – Castles & Coastline

Northumbria – Castles & Coastline

With more castles than any other county in England, Northumberland is steeped in history and medieval magnificence. Towering above the sea, Bamburgh Castle looks every inch the mighty citadel it once was with views of the Farne Islands and more famously, the Holy...
City life – Newcastle

City life – Newcastle

This wonderful city has plenty to offer, vibrant and cosmopolitan with wonderful views overlooking the Tyne and landmark Millennium Bridge! Nearby Gateshead is a haven to the arts with a trio of venues to visit; with the Sage Gateshead, international home for music...
Historic Durham

Historic Durham

Durham’s fairy-tale, turreted castle and grand Norman cathedral fully deserve their ‘World Heritage Site’ status. The city itself is a real treasure trove of historic buildings, shops, cafes and winding cobbled streets.
Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall

2,000 years have passed since the Emperor Hadrian gave his orders for work on the 84 mile long Hadrian’s Wall to commence, yet the 73 miles of this Roman mega structure that snake across Northumberland’s dramatic landscape are the most well preserved. New for 2017 is...
Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral

One of the finest surviving examples of Romanesque architecture can be found at the beautiful Durham Cathedral, where the breathtaking vaulted ceiling soars skyward like the choristers’ voices. Perfect for: Choirs Repertoire: Sacred Performance times: On Mondays and...

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
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
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
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
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
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