OneStage news

Easyjet introduce new baggage allowance

November 17th, 2017

EasyJet is altering the weight allowances for checked-in bags. The standard bag weight is being increased from 20kgs to 23kgs.

A new 15kg bag allowance will be available at a cost of £8.99. The revised hold luggage options are available online, with prices rising to £13.99 for the 23kgs allowance.

Passengers will continue to be able to pool their total weight allowance if they are travelling with family or friends on the same flight and booking.

People who have already purchased a 20kg for future flights will keep their existing allowance and will still be able to add weight to their bags up to 32kg as per the airline’s prior policy.

The new bag weight allowances only applies to new bookings.

Andrew Middleton, a director at easyJet, said: “In the last year almost half of our passengers’ hold bags contained 15kgs or less, whilst there were also millions of customers who required more weight than we previously allowed with the 20kg bag. Our new products better match those customers’ needs, ensuring we offer value for money choices for everyone, regardless of trip type or duration. “

Full article from Travel Weekley

Meet the Team

November 14th, 2017

The Team. From L-R: Pippy, Sonia, Becky, Laura, Giulia Julian, Leo, Georgina and Liz

We would like to officially welcome Georgina Lucas to our Ops team in “Team France”. Georgina has recently sung with the University of Bath Chamber Choir and is a violinist, looking for a new orchestra (or two) to play with in and around West London. Georgina will mostly be working on the tours to Normandy, Brittany, The Loire, Paris, Provence and the Cote d’Azur.

Last week, we all spent a day out of the office to attend World Travel Market (WTM) at Excel. This was a great opportunity for us to refresh relationships, develop new products and destinations (watch this space for the launch of some of our new Italian services and more about Cyprus), and enjoy time with our amazing suppliers, many of whom we have worked with since OneStage started up, almost 18 years ago.

Here are a few photos of the highlights from our WTM week.

 

Music Tours in Liechtenstein: the sixth-smallest country in the world

November 1st, 2017

A mix of ensembles from the Lancaster Grammar School for Girls showed Vaduz how it’s done this summer during the last of their ‘Four Countries, Four Concerts’ series, following outstanding performances in Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Austria. These talented young ladies rocked the town square before enjoying a walk up to the stunning, princely abode perched about Vaduz’s city centre to enjoy the spectacular scenery.

Not many can say that they have temporarily raised the population of a country by 0.25% in one year: OneStage, on the other hand, can proudly boast this having sent two tours down to the doubly-landlocked principality this year for successful concerts and enjoyable sightseeing.

The composer Josef Rheinberger is arguably Liechtenstein’s most famous export (aside from false teeth) and Heritage Masterworks Chorale travelled to Vaduz this autumn specifically to perform a variety of his works in the beautiful Cathedral of St Florin. The group travels in order to perform works of composers in their home city or country and the citizens of Vaduz were certainly not disappointed with their offering. Members of the Rheinberger Association as well as a relative of the composer himself were enchanted with the performance, giving a standing ovation at the end of the concert. Followed by a mass in the Cathedral the next morning, the stunning location has left an impression on the group leader, conductor and composer Tim Knight.

‘We don’t like to be in the ‘normal’ venues that choirs tour to and we appreciated that the off the beaten track speciality that this tour needed may be a problem, however our dealing with One stage has proved to stress free and helpful, all of my choir members had a wonderful time in stunning locations with excellent hospitality…’ Tim Knight

 

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: tourenquiries@onestage.co.uk

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 pippy@onestage.co.uk. 

 

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

THE LATEST ONESTAGE NEWS:

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.

OTHER NEWS

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.

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