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Kew Wind Orchestra’s Champagne Tour

OneStage really enjoys working with adult music groups, especially when there are lots of friends and familiar faces on board.  Kew Wind Orchestra took a long weekend away in Champagne, the perfect short-haul tour destination, accompanied by Eve from OneStage:

Some say that strawberries are the KWO Charlesvilleperfect accompaniment to Champagne, but I’d say that Kew Wind Orchestra goes pretty well too. An optimum combination of the beautiful landscape, exquisite taste and finesse of Champagne and the sublime sounds of the highly acclaimed KWO.

What’s more, they certainly know how to have a good time on tour too! What better way to start the trip than with real style and sit down for a Champagne breakfast at the Brasserie on the Ferry as we cruise across the channel.

The first evening was a totally different kind of fun as the musicians transformed themselves in to an imaginative array of Halloween themed personalities. The town of Reims may not have seen such fancy dress parties before but the locals were more curious than spooked and many of them enjoyed their evening with us.

In the morning, some had a leisurely start while others explored Reims by day. Then we all drove up to the Ardennes town of Charleville-Mézières where our concert would be that afternoon. The rest of the day was spent enjoying the local cuisine and soaking up the atmosphere.

Next day, the orchestra turned the focus to sampling the local delights of the famous champagne region. The Champagne house of Laurent Perrier hosted us for an incredibly special visit and tasting session in the morning. Thanks to one of the band’s contacts we were privileged enough to be able to experience something not available to the general public.

But how could we only visit one Champagne House when there are so many in this region? Mercier was our next stop, although some people couldn’t resist another glass with lunch beforehand and then afterwards at dinner as well. The day was rounded off with a concert in Epernay and a standing ovation from the audience.

There was Another chance to visit Reims that evening and the next morning before setting off on our way back to Calais, across the Chanel and home to London with plenty of memories, stories and souvenirs in hand.

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