OneStage news

We’re in Manchester…for one day only!

October 4th, 2017

We’ve made it to Manchester! If you’re in the area, come along to Music and Drama Education EXPO and see Becky and Julian on stand G7. Free advice and inspiration to plan your next music tour to Europe and beyond.

Becky can offer great advice on our French and Spanish products; we have great venues and accommodations in Normandy, the Loire, along the West Coast , Provence and Lyon.  Or ask about touring to the Basque Country or Galicia for a different flavour of Spain.

Julian holds a wealth of touring knowledge in his head – (he knows everything!) – and has some amazing ideas for touring to Eastern Europe. Come and find out more…

If you have missed us today, then get in touch and we will come and see you. Email us to set up an appointment.



Festival Highlights 2017

September 19th, 2017

Participating in a festival on your tour has many benefits. Festivals generate more publicity via the support of their sponsors and the local town hall, drawing the crowds specifically to watch your ensemble. Amazing venues (which might be unaffordable or have restricted access for a one-off performance) may be available to perform in. This can range from concerts on Mondays at the Bach Monument in Leipzig to San Gimignano Town Square or Aix Cathedral or the Ruínas do Carmo – Museu Arqueológico do Carmo in Lisbon.

OneStage has enjoyed receiving feedback and photos from our groups who participated in the Lisbon Music Fest and The Provencal Festival of Youth Orchestras this summer. Sutton Youth Orchestra stayed in Lisbon and played the Ruínas do Carmo to more than 300 people and in Evora Square to an audience of 800+. Essex Youth Orchestra and Jazz Band also toured to Lisbon and performed in Mosteiro da Batalha, the Museu dos Coches and the Fórum da Parreirinha. See more photos on our facebook page and more photos from Sutton on tour

” I would thoroughly recommend performing as part of the Lisbon Music Fest to other groups. This is a very well organised, professionally run festival with outstanding venues and well promoted concerts. We’re proud to be the first of what I am sure will be many groups from England (and only the second from the UK) to perform at this festival in years to come.  The spectacular venues and large appreciative audiences that we experienced at the Lisbon Music Fest will live long in the memories of staff and students alike. Thank you for another fantastic tour!” 

Lewis Gibbs, Head of Sutton Music Service.




A Jubilant July!

August 2nd, 2017

Our July tourers are all safely home and we welcome your feedback and any photos you would like to share with us.






Our official office opening hours throughout August will be 10:00-16:00 hrs whilst we prepare for the start of the new term in September.  If you would like to meet up with OneStage, then we are happy to come and visit you at your school or offices or somewhere convenient to discuss touring plans. Alternatively, you can meet us at the following events:

5th Sept – Julian at Northwest Music Mark

4th October – Julian and Sonia in Manchester at the Music & Drama Education EXPO

24th-25th November – Julian, Sonia & Becky at Music Mark annual conference in Warwickshire

If you are a tourist office or cultural association, or charity organising a series of concerts and events and would be interested in receiving visiting British music ensembles, then please contact us here. OneStage is proud to have helped many charities to raise money for various causes over the years through the wonderful singing and playing by our touring performance groups. Please contact us via the email address:

There is a new position available for a Tour Consultant in our operations team (a French-speaker would be ideal) and the closing dates for applications is 26th August 2017.  If you would like more information then call the office on 020 8568 5486 or email 


Urgent: ongoing Email issue

July 5th, 2017

UPDATE 5 July 2017

Due to a broadband fault in the locality of our offices in SW London, we are unable to receive emails or communicate externally electronically , so if you have an urgent query please call the office using 0208 568 5486

We’re sorry for any inconvenience, and hope to be back up and running as soon as possible

It’s almost July!

June 28th, 2017

It’s almost July! Our busiest month of the year.
The Ops Team is in full swing, busy getting final packs ready for group leaders, coach companies and tour managers. We have created 166 posters in-house this season, the last few of which are waiting to be sent out. All in all, we estimate that OneStage & our partners will have set up and promoted 260 concerts across Europe.
We wish everyone travelling with OneStage a safe journey and successful summer tour and hope that you find the time to send us your reports and some photos of your memories and concerts. Why not write up a short tour summary so that we can add it to our website?

Here are photos from some of our Spring tours:

Spring is in the air…

March 22nd, 2017


It’s all go in our OneStage office this term, with our first Spring groups about to travel. We have groups departing for Brussels, Krakow, Bratislava, Ljubljana, Italy, Slovenia, Athens and many more destinations over the next few months. We look forward to welcoming our group from Salt Lake City to the UK and France in April too and hope that their performances run smoothly. Look out for more posts and photos as reports start coming through.

There are quite a few inspection visits looming. Becky has recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Lisbon at the weekend (visiting venues for our two groups peforming in Lisbon Music Festival this summer). Our team will be scattered over the coming weeks whilst we venture around Europe visiting Thüringia, Nuremberg, Brussels, Lake Konstanz, Lichtenstein, Salzburg, Wagrain, Lake Garda, Slovenia, etc. Julian was in Minnesota last week at the ACDA conference will be visiting the British Tourism & Travel show at the NEC on Thursday.

We thank all the International ensembles who are involved in joint concerts with OneStage groups around Europe, and all of our wonderful contacts at venues everywhere who are working hard to promote performances on behalf of OneStage.  We hope your concerts go well and don’t forget to tweet so we know how you’re getting on.

We welcome Leo Diebel to the OneStage team! Leo is a fantastic linguist (he can even speak a few words of Finnish with me!) and is learning the ropes very quickly. Leo will be tour managing with Sarah and Becks in Wallonia & Luxembourg with one of our big school groups this week and will then be off exploring Lake Konstanz and Lichtenstein at the beginning of April.

OneStage is delighted to announce, that our application to become ABTA members has been successful. Our groups can be be confident that OneStage continues to look after all aspects of your tour, including your travel needs and financial protection.  This does mean that some of our documentation will change so please keep an eye out for updates from our team, as well as new booking documentation which we’ll be sending out in April.


There have been a number of strikes at airports around Europe (Berlin Tegel & Schönefeld, Helsinki. . . French & Italian airports) and  in the last few weeks. We will notify flight groups with any concerns of strike action if we think they will be affected.

Our thoughts are with Brussels today, as we remember the tragic events that took place in Brussels a year ago.

Our Czech-tacular stand at EXPO

January 16th, 2017

OneStage welcomes John Tregellas from The Prague Concert Co. to join us at stand E8, Music Education EXPO from 8-9th February 2017.  John’s intimate knowledge of Slovakia and The Czech Republic and his rewarding approach to bringing in audiences to concerts means that The Prague Concert Co. is OneStage’s only partner in this part of Central Europe.  We have been working successfully together for over 17 years, have run two Directors’ Fam Trips to Western Bohemia and Prague and continue to develop and expand on opportunities in these regions for British music groups. In 2016, OneStage had a total of 32 performances throughout Slovakia, The Czech Republic and Vienna (Austria).

This is your chance to find out more about what kind of musical experience your ensembles can savour in Slovakia or The Czech Republic . Explore one of the main cities, or embark on a voyage of discovery “off the beaten track” to lesser known towns and villages in Central Slovakia or Eastern or Southern Moravia. This prime Central European location is the perfect base to continue your musical journey in to Austria, Poland, Germany or Hungary.

To get a feel for some of the stunning venues; from cathedral and chapel choirs to smaller chamber ensembles and large symphony orchestras. Some of the highlights from 2016 in THE CZECH REPUBLIC were at:

The Korunni Chapel

The Czech National Museum of Music

Březnice Castle Courtyard

…and in SLOVAKIA at:

The Basilica of St. Nicolas in Trnava

The German Church in Banská Štiavnica

The Franciscan Church in Bratislava

and the courtyard in Nitra . . . as well as many other amazing performances throughout these two incredible countries.

You can call or email Julian or Sonia to fix up an appointment or simply drop by our stand. There will be lots of Czech-themed prizes on our stand and OneStage’s latest Czech & Slovak-themed newsletter. Come and speak to OneStage and The Prague Concert Co. specifically about your music groups.

We look forward to meeting you very soon.

Let’s go to Lisbon

January 3rd, 2017

Happy New Year to you all! 2017 is going to be exciting here at OneStage with inspiring places to visit and great Festivals to work with.

OneStage is delighted to announce that our first British ensemble (from south London) will be taking part in Lisbon Music Fest in July 2017. We look forward to working with the festival organisers and developing our tours to this beautiful Portuguese city. The Festival, established in 2014, runs from the beginning of July to the beginning of August incorporating over thirty concerts per season with a selection of Portuguese and International Orchestras. Venues are spread at many outstanding locations (both outdoor and indoor) in Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais, Coimbra, Peniche, Evora.

Lisbon, with a tangible mixture or Roman, Arabic, Spanish, Moorish, Baroque and Modern Architectures has so much to offer. It has one of the warmest climates in the Mediterranean; the Trams (which can be compared to San Francisco’s, as the town in built on seven Hills); the Ascensor de Santa Justa street elevator, which connects two parts of the city by taking passengers from Baixa to the Chiado district (45metres up); The iconic Belem Tower on the banks of the Tagus River; the Pastel de Nata (the Portuguese equivalent to the British custard tart and voted one of the best in the world), and of course, its strong musical heritage – the Fado which is still played all over the city, indoors and out. Visit the Fado Museum where you can take part in one of their many workshops, including how to sing Fado.

Past Festivals have featured ensembles such as The Symphony Orchestra from Lisbon’s Music School, Mayo Youth Orchestra from Ireland, Winterthürer Jugend Sinfonie Orchester from Switzerland, The National Youth Orchestra of Canada and The National Youth Orchestra of Spain. Past programmes and festival information can be found on the festival’s website:

Direct flights are available with TAP or BA, Easyjet and Ryanair from the UK to Lisbon.

If you are looking for something special for your enemble and want to be part of this exciting musical experience, then contact OneStage for more information.

An Appetite for Hungary

December 7th, 2016

Finding new places to add to our product range is always exciting, especially when we visit towns and cities in pristine condition, with their identities untarnished.

During October halfimg_6980 term OneStage embarked on a voyage of discovery through the Hungarian region of West Transdanubia. This is an area we have dropped in to over the years, along the Austrian border but had an opportunity to learn more to find out more about the Hungarian side.  Our delightful travel companions from British schools, music services and choral societies accompanied us along the route from Vienna – Sopron – Lake Balaton – Györ – Budapest. We discovered some exquisite town squares and concert venues, sampled the odd slurp of delicious Hungarian wines and resided in hotels boasting water parks (which ticked every child’s and many adult’s dream).fullsizerender

The Transdanubia region, in central Europe, offers excellent value for money. Hotels are clean and comfortable, with large spaces to gather in, rooms for rehearsals and lots of parking for coaches and instrument vans. The Hunguest Hotels had spa facilities (bring your own flip flops), swimming areas and some even have natural, thermal pools. An ideal way to spend a morning or afternoon relaxing on your tour, after working hard on your performances.

This is a region with many open-air stages which come to life as part of the summer festivals during the months of July and August. These stages would be ideal for concert band, brass bands and orchestras.  There is a pleasant choice of churches in Sopron, Györ and around Lake Balaton for choirs interested in singing in a more serene and religious environment. Many famous composers have travelled through these towns and left their legacy here to discover.img_6914

Extend your stay by combining the tranquility of West Transdanubia and Lake Balaton with Vienna or Budapest for contrast. Find out more from OneStage by completing our on-line form or giving us a call.

Thank you to Lighthouse Travel, our partners in Hungary, and everyone who accompanied us on our journey through Hungary. We have some wonderful memories we would like to share with you and hope to entice some music ensemble to discover these regions and enjoy them as much as we do.


Photos:Loyolai Szent Ignac Church in Györ, Sopron town square, outside the Matthias Church in Budapest, Royal Festetics Palace Library, wine cave in Sümeg.


Photowall Part III. Some more great photos OneStage 2016

September 27th, 2016

Thank you to everyone who has sent us photos from their tour. We produced 160 poster templates in-house this year in addition to the hundreds more created by our concert promoters around Europe.

In total, around 350 OneStage concerts took place in our 2015-2015 season.

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