North Wales is a popular holiday region passionate about language, music and ancient history, with magnificent castles, railways and festivals set against the backdrop of thrilling mountainous scenery, fine beaches and the mountains, lakes and waterfalls of the Snowdonia National Park. 

Gateway to the Snowdonia National park, Betws-y-Coed, is North Wales’ most popular inland resort. This picturesque Victorian village nestled within a beautiful wooded valley is surrounded by waterfalls, hill-top lakes and ancient bridges. Nearby Bodnant Gardens, is spread over 80 acres on the western slopes of Snowdonia, above Conwy. The garden consists of two parts: an upper garden and a lower garden, both of which contain a wide range of interesting and beautiful plants from all over the world.

Then take the picturesque and fascinating journey along the coast to the Menai Bridge which takes us over the Menai Straits to the island of Anglesey and the town of Beaumaris, home to Beaumaris Castle, a great unfinished masterpiece and regarded by many as the finest Edwardian castle in Wales.

This pretty seaside town is home to a Victorian pier and pastel painted houses and has a wide range of shops, tea rooms and pubs.

The scenic trip on the Snowdon Mountain Railway takes you from from Llanberis to the summit of Mount Snowdon, the tallest peak in England and Wales. Why not have a sing song at the peak whilst enjoying the views from the visitor centre?

The beautiful Italianate village of Portmeirion, created by the architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1975, pays tribute to the atmosphere and vibrant colours of the Mediterranean whilst blending effortlessly into the natural surroundings.

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
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
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
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
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
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

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
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
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