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June 27th, 2016

Flag_of_Europe.svg27 June 2016.


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


OneStage blogs for Making Music

May 26th, 2016

logo-making-musicCheck out our blog entry for our friends at Making Music: loads of helpful advice for those considering a tour.  If you’re inspired by that, then get in touch!

The perfect time to plan your 2017 tour!

May 26th, 2016

There’s never been a better time to plan your 2017 concert tour: as the year draws to a close and you look forward to your well earned rest, why not get in touch for some tour ideas for next year? You can be putting your feet up over the holidays whilst we work away on your tour proposals, so that you can make the most of everyone’s renewed enthusiasm at the start of term. Early bookings mean that you get the best choice of concert venues and festivals,  the best choice of accommodation, and often better prices too. Just email, or use the contact page here

Another successful Easter for OneStage!

May 10th, 2016

OneStage celebrated a hugely successful winter and Easter tour programme this year, with prestigious projects including the Ely Cathedral Choir tour of Central Europe, Bristol University Chamber Ensembles visit to Prague, and Milton Abbey School’s successful visit to Paris.

Paul Trepte, Organist and Master of Choristers at Ely Cathedral commented “We are mightily impressed with One Stage and would not hesitate to ask again. We would certainly recommend you to others too, as we had a great time. We have much experience of touring all over the world and we think the hotels selected were some of the best we have encountered.”

Watch this space for more news of successful tours over the summer!

Brussels Events

March 22nd, 2016

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Brussels this morning, the British government are advising British Nationals currently in Belgium to stay away from crowded areas and not to use public transport. Similar advice is being given by the Belgian government to Belgian Nationals and Brussels residents and the metro system in the capital is currently closed. You will find the FCO advice in full here.

OneStage do not have any groups in the area at this present time. We will be monitoring the situation on behalf of groups who plan to visit Belgium in the coming weeks.

Happy New Year 2016

January 6th, 2016

Following a very successful 2015 season, OneStage is preparing for an even busier 2016. We would like to say a big thank you to all our clients for your loyalty and support and wish you all a prosperous and enjoyable 2016.

We are delighted to announce that OneStage has completed their School Travel Forum Assured Membership application and has been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC badge). Pippy has been working really hard to make sure that information from suppliers is systematically stored and that the safety of our groups is of paramount importance. Added to the many years of music touring knowledge and experience retained by OneStage staff, we are confident that this can only enhance our OneStage products. Logos will be added to our website very soon.

Italy is one of our top destinations for 2016 thanks in no small part to Laura (our Italian ‘guru’, who has been organising concerts throughout Tuscany, Umbria and the Veneto region for many years). We also welcome back Sarah Sharman from maternity leave (our fount of knowledge for French and German concerts), who will be working part-time managing and promoting some of our concerts.

Our Sales Team has already started work on 2017 tour projects, so if you are considering a tour, please get in touch for some destinations ideas and help with financial planning . We would really like to send some groups to the Lisbon Youth Music Festival, Mid-Europe Band Festival (Salzburg region) and the World Music Contest in Kerkrade.  We have a few special festivals for outstanding vocal and orchestral ensembles too.

If you would like to meet us, then we will have a stand at Music Education Expo 2016 on 25th and 26th February at Olympia. We welcome the opportunity to set up appointments with you, or simply visit us on Stand D9 to discuss your individual music touring requirements.

We look forward to working with you in 2016 and 2017.

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Latest Paris Advice

November 16th, 2015

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday, the British government have issued the following advice for British nationals travelling to France and Paris in particular.

On Friday 13 November, a number of terrorist incidents took place in Paris resulting in widespread casualties. British nationals are advised to exercise caution in public places and follow the advice of the local authorities. French authorities have heightened security measures due to a risk of further attacks. The advice of the Paris Police is currently to keep movement around town to a minimum. Systematic border control checks have been implemented at all entry points into France. A national state of emergency and a three-day period of mourning have been declared (14-16 November). Public gatherings, the flying of drones and use of fireworks in the Ile de France region (Paris and surrounding area) have been prohibited.

A full report can be found here.

There is currently no official statement advising people against travelling to Paris. However, OneStage will be keeping reviewing this advice on a regular basis, in order to advise our clients who are booked to travel to Paris, or intend to book a tour there over the coming months.

To our friends and colleagues in Paris, our thoughts remain with you.

Memories of Alsace & The Black Forest, Oct 2015

November 3rd, 2015

Group photo outside Strasbourg Cathedral.

Exploring Alsace & The Black Forest OneStage-style

Thirteen lucky travellers embarked on a journey from London to Strasbourg with Eurostar & TGV via Paris on Sunday morning, where we arrived safe and well with all our luggage intact at around 5pm. Our amazing, city-centre, youth accommodation ‘CIARUS’, deceptively large and ideal for ensembles requiring versatile rehearsal facilities, has en-suite rooms and enjoys an ideal city centre location. OneStage arranged a crisp, clear night for our evening guided walking tour (thank you Anne) visiting the main sights including Strasbourg Cathedral and the half-timbered buildings in Petite France and one of our wonderful concert venues. Dinner was at a traditional Alsatian restaurant in the city centre sampling some of the region’s culinary delights, a.k.a. copious amounts of choucroute and sausages.

A bright Monday morning revealed rows of storks’ nests in the trees, visits to other youth accommodations and potential concert opportunities. We meandered along the Alsatian wine route to the pretty town of Scherwiller, stopping for Flammeküche/ tarte flambée at a rustic Alsatian restaurant. Large groups welcome! A little wine tour and tasting seemed appropriate after dinner. The descending fog and limited lighting meant that we regrettably postponed our visit to the Chateau du Haut-Königsbourg, in favour of heading onwards to Lake Titisee in the Black Forest.

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OneStage Team Photo

Shimmering sunlight on Tuesday morning revealed glittering autumnal golds, browns and reds in the forests surrounding our guest house. A truly dazzling sight and great start to the morning, with a hearty German breakfast to set us up for the day. We visited numerous villages and venues, stopped off in a farm house to enjoy some local produce and had plenty of time in Freiburg. Our guided tour revealed some fascinating aspects about Freiburg and the coffee and Black Forest Gateau in Cafe Atrium was simply divine. We left Freiburg feeling content and hungry for a sumptious German meal that awaited us at a traditional Black Forest Straussenwirtschaft. Mulhouse was our final destination, where we checked in to our hotel and enjoyed our final night on tour.

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Black Forest culinary delights

Our last morning ended with a final visit to one of our favourite concert venues in Mulhouse before we made a dash to the station for our train to Paris, a mere 2h,20min journey. We travelled across Paris to the Gare du Nord, with plenty of time to check in to our Eurostar back to London. This OneStage team thoroughly enjoyed the company of each and every participant and we would like to thank you once again for joining us on our whirlwind tour of these lovely regions and we look forward to working with you very soon.

Our special thanks to Tourisme Alsace, Strasbourg Tourist Board, Voyages SNCF, CIARUS and The Hoch-Schwarzwald Tourist Office for their suggestions and support.

OneStage Spring in to Action

April 20th, 2015

The OneStage image2team are all very busy enjoying the European sunshine! 37 of our 210 concerts will have taken place by the end of April, which means that our operations season is well under way.

Eve and Marie have been tour managing of a school group of 140 people in the Belgian Ardennes; Barbara is finalising concert plans whilst on an inspection visit in Krakow and Eastern Moravia; Laura has just come back from one of our favourite places – Montecatini, Tuscany; Julian has been sourcing some new and exciting hotels and venue in Austria and Slovenia; Sonia is heading to Erfurt and Weimar at the weekend and Pippy has been exploring The Netherlands. Sarah is on maternity leave and we’re all waiting anxiously for the announcement of baby no. 3.

In addition to the tours taking place this year, we are looking ahead to 2016 and 2017 and encourage music departments to plan ahead in order to secure the best components for your tour.

You can meet Julian, Laura & Sonia at the MMA Conference at Wellington College from 15-17th May. If we don’t see you there, then please call us or send an email with your enquiry.

Happy New Year / Happy Birthday to us!

January 15th, 2015

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Happy New Year!  2015 promises to be a very exciting year, as OneStage celebrates its 15th anniversary.  During the last 15 years, we’ve arranged over 600 tours, organised and publicised more than 3000 concerts, and taken more than 35000 musicians on tour!

To celebrate our 15th Anniversary, we’re offering free places on a familiarisation trip to one of our favourite destinations: read more about it here

Here are just a couple of places you can find us in 2015

– On 14 and 15 March at Music Education Expo: register here free of charge!

– On various inspection trips to Paris, Slovenia, the Harz Mountains, Berlin, Toulouse, Barcelona, Venice, and many more!

– From 15-17 May at the MMA Conference at Wellington College: find out more about this event here

We’re not stopping here though, we’ve already taken a record number of enquiries for tours in 2016, so don’t delay, contact us to start planning your 2016 tour now!


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