Oxford and Beyond

Honey-gold buildings, dreaming spires and a riverside setting are just part of Oxford’s unique charm.

Renowned the world over as the home of one of the oldest and most highly revered academic establishments, the city evolved over 800 years ago and has centuries of history just waiting to be discovered! The beautiful Christ Church College is a unique institution and one of the largest colleges in the University of Oxford and many distinguished scholars have studied here. The Cathedral Church for the Diocese of Oxford has a fascinating history where the choir and its choral tradition has played a prominent part for the last 500 years. More recently Oxford is probably best known for its connection to Harry Potter, with many scenes being shot in various locations which famously feature in many of the early films helping to create the iconic gothic backdrop that became the unmistakable Hogwarts school of Witchcraft and Wizardry!

Beyond the city, there are a treasure trove of historic buildings and beautiful countryside to discover.  Locations within the Oxfordshire Cotswolds have featured prominently in the popular TV drama Downton Abbey, particularly Bampton, which doubles as the fictional village of Downton. Continuing the Downton Abbey theme, Cogges Manor Farm, is the setting for Yew Tree Farm and on a grander scale, the magnificent Waddesdon Manor forms the exterior for the fictional Haxby Park that featured in the second season of ‘Downton Abbey’.

Blenheim Palace provides an awe-inspiring experience for visitors. Home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family and the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting a long and diverse history.

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
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
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
In May 2020 we were due to tour the Stirling area in Scotland, in a series of concerts and church services organised by Sound Escapes. Due to the current coronavirus pandemic we took the difficult decision to call off the tour, and whilst all our members are extremely disappointed, we all understood that the cancellation was unavoidable in the circumstances.
However, 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 it’s such a shame that we are now unable to enjoy those experiences in 2020.
However, we hope very much that it will be possible for us and Jo to resurrect the tour and its plans, once the world returns to normal – and we look forward to working with her again soon.
Sally ColesSecretary, Cantamici