KEMS Choir Band tour to Norfolk!

To wrap up the Summer, we had the pleasure of taking KEMS Choir Band on a concert tour to Norwich.

Arriving in sunny Ely on the Saturday morning really set the tone for the weekend. The bands brilliant driver Steve actually managed to get them to Norwich ahead of schedule, meaning there was time for exploring the delights of Ely before the afternoon concert. The band played their first fantastic performance down by the riverside at Ely Bandstand. With the great weather and an appreciative audience, it was a perfect start to the tour! After checking into their hotel in Norwich, it was time for an evening meal at a French restaurant.

On the Sunday, the concert was at Gorleston Bandstand – which is sited almost on the beach! Once again, the band gave a wonderful performance.

The last performance took place at Waterloo Park Bandstand. This venue is situated in a park surrounded by a small moat, which really added to the atmosphere of the concert. After a bit of rain, the skies soon cleared for the finale of the tour.

Here we have a review from the Band Director, Julie: “Just returned from a great weekend expertly organised by Jo at Sound Escapes, playing at Ely, Gorleston and Waterloo Park in Norwich.  All the band had a great time and I have no hesitation in recommending Sound Escapes” – Julia Harding, KEMS Macclesfield Concert Band 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
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 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
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
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