Derbyshire & The Peak District

This glorious region located within central England was the first to be designated an official National Park in 1951.

Home to spectacular scenery and wildlife, it is also a haven for ramblers, cyclists and the more adventurous sports enthusiasts alike. The heart of the Peak District offers the visitor a fascinating insight into the region’s history with a unique canal cruise through the Derwent Valley, Crich Tramway Village, the traditional market town of Bakewell and to the jewel of the Peak District, the magnificent Chatsworth House. 

Chatsworth House is at the beating heart of the Peak District and epitome of living history.

Not only a beautiful stately home with its magnificent Painted Hall, State Rooms, Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery, it also has expansive gardens to enjoy, a working farm and adventure park and boasts one of the best afternoon teas in the Midlands. In the mid-20th Century it was transformed under the leadership of the 11th Duke and Duchess of Devonshire into a place for all to come and enjoy with the opening to the general public. Today with the addition of the award-winning Chatsworth Farm Shop, which offers an excellent selection of produce from the estate and even sells Chatsworth’s own ale, the spa, gym and hotels, and annual special events, Chatsworth plays an essential part in Derbyshire community life.

With the cities of Derby and Nottingham just on the doorstep of such beauty, the Midlands offers the best of both worlds!

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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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