Great Houses and Irish tradition

You’ll be spoilt for choice with the amount of grand residences on offer in Northern Ireland, including Hillsborough Castle with its royal connections and Mount Stewart, an 18th century mansion with magnificent gardens.

The majestic Hillsborough Castle, just a short journey from Belfast, is the official residence of the Royal Family when they are in Northern Ireland and home of the Secretary of State since the 1970s. You can get a fascinating insight into royal life of the castle with a tour of the elegant State Rooms, still in use today, including the majestic Throne Room and graceful Drawing Room.

Or take a visit to the National Trust’s Mount Stewart House & Gardens, an 18th century mansion with lavish interiors and world class landscaped grounds, recently voted one of the top ten gardens in the world. The garden reflects a rich tapestry of design and great planting artistry that was the hallmark of Edith, Lady Londonderry.

Experience life in Northern Ireland over a century ago and explore one of the most comprehensive transport collections in Europe at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. Encounter costumed locals demonstrating traditional crafts, farm dwellings, schools and shops as well as majestic locomotives, horse-drawn carriages and vintage vehicles.

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