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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.

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: http://lisbonmusicfest.com/en.

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.

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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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It’s Great in Garda

August 23rd, 2016
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City Jazz in Bardolino

Getting away during our busy summer season takes a lot of organisation, especially when we can have 15 groups all on the road at one time. It is a treat for us to visit places in summer, when parks are in full bloom and town squares are transformed with summer stages, street cafes overflowing and every chair in a venue is filled! It helps to feed our imaginations when we visit venues and hotels off-season, to remember that places can be transformed in high season.

Every summer, OneStage likes to drop in and see a group or two in action, performing live to the crowds. In 2014, Sonia immensely enjoyed listening to Sutton Youth Concert Band and Youth Orchestra perform by the sea in L’Escala and in the tranquil, picturesque courtyard in Perelada, Spain. West Sussex County Youth Orchestra were also in the area and performed to a packed church in L’Escala, on the Costa Brava.

In 2015, Pippy saw the Mid-Europe Festival in Schladming, Austria in full-swing and watched Westminster School perform to a packed house in Bad Hofgastein.

This year, Julian dropped in on Chester Catholic High School and Bradford Music Service’s concerts around Lake Garda.  Straight from the airport he rushed to Bardolino on the shores of the lake to experience one of the best sets he’s seen in 20 years of touring, from Chester’s City Jazz ensemble.  The concert was a huge hit, and the audience of over 500 were still dancing around the harbour at midnight!  A slightly more sedate classical concert followed the following night in Lasize from Bradford Youth Orchestra, before the same orchestra wowed the crowds at Movieland theme park: a fitting end to a hectic short visit!

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Bradford Youth Orchestra in Movieland

PhotoWall 2016 Part II. Keep those photos coming….

August 5th, 2016

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Photo Wall 2016 – Thank you for your photos and please send us more!

July 19th, 2016

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Latest News from France

July 15th, 2016

Following news of the Bastille Day events in Nice, the French Government is advising people to be vigilant and avoid crowded places. France has extended its National State of Emergency which was due to expire on 26th July for a further three months.  This means the police have greater powers to deal with any suspected threats.

The current FCO advice states:

“We are in touch with the local authorities and seeking more information following an apparent attack on Bastille Day celebration in Nice. If you are in the area follow the instructions of the French authorities who are at present advising people to stay indoors at this time.”

The French government has launched a free smartphone app to alert users about possible security incidents, including all major natural, technological and terrorist-related risks. Users will be able to view alerts for up to eight geographical areas. The app, called SAIP (Système d’alerte et d’information des populations), is available in English and French. You can download the app by entering the term ‘SAIP’ in the Apple App store or Google Play.

There are no travel restrictions in place and OneStage will continue to operate French tours as normal.  We will collaborate with group leaders to ensure their groups’ safety.

EU REFERENDUM 23 JUNE 2016

June 27th, 2016

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On Thursday 23 June 2016 Britain voted to leave the EU.    This will obviously generate a great many questions about how your tour might be affected, so we hope that this brief paragraph is helpful.

The process to leave the EU will take at least 2 years.  Until then, there is no advice that any travel arrangements, entry requirements, or validity of EHIC health cover cards have been changed. Our 2016 tours remain unaffected as at the above date. We will monitor the situation closely, and advise all our booked tour clients as soon as anything changes.

If you have any further questions please get in touch using the contact page on this site, or via the numbers at the bottom of the page

 

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