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On the run up to our 15 year milestone

November 5th, 2014

MUSIC MARK 2014

Come and meet Julian, Laura and Marie from OneStage at the Music Mark Conference in Daventry from 20-22nd November where, to celebrate our 15th anniversary in 2015, we look forward to launching our next Familiarisation Trip for Directors of Music.

Petit France, Strasbourg © CRTA  ZvardonWith their close proximity to the UK and excellent value for money, France and Germany have long been our favourite music tour destinations. To show off the numerous performance opportunities in Alsace and The Black Forest we invite you to win a free place on the trip. Selestat concert 2, Russell Parry, LSSO

In addition to an assortment of musical venues, we will sightsee, embark on boat trips, meander along the pretty villages on the wine route, enjoy delicious Flammkuchen before delving in to the heart of the Black Forest, where there are waterfalls, cuckoo clocks, the odd pair of Lederhosen and prize-winning giant slabs of BFG (in this case, Black Forest Gateau).

Simply come and visit our stand to find out more about the dates and itinerary.

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WHAT ELSE IS NEW AT ONESTAGE?

We have been taking a good look at the programme of excursions that we offer all age groups and our new destination sheets are being designed to complement our quotes.

Our aim is to focus on musical excursions and for our clients to experience musical performances on tour as well as enjoying their  own.

 

TOUR OPERATING LICENCES

OneStage moved over its tour operating licencing from TOPP to ABTOT from 1st April this year to comply with the more stringent regulations required by the School Travel Forum (STF). This bond allows us to comply with the Travel Package regulations and keeps our client’s money safe in the event of our financial failure. For more information about our bond, see details on http://www.abtot.com/

OneStage is working on becoming an assured member of the STF as well as receiving the Learning Outside the Classroom (LOTC) badge. We hope to comply fully before the end of this year. To find out more about the School Travel Forum see their website http://www.schooltravelforum.com/

 

 

 

Where to Tour in 2015/2016

August 6th, 2014

Our 2014 spring concert tours were extremely successful with groups travelling far and wide to destinations such as Barcelona, Budapest, New York–Washington-Philadelphia, Liege, Bruges, Utrecht, Dublin and Rome.

monnickendam 30 5.2014 USSO orchestra performance Our summer season is drawing to a close with the last few groups set to travel in August. We will be summer posting photos, news and articles over the next few months.

Thank you to everyone who has been sending in photos as part of the competition and special thanks to tour managers and concert promoters, who always contribute some amazing snaps.

If you’re planning a tour for 2015 or ahead to 2016, then please take a look at our destinations pages for ideas but please remem

advert mehningerber that OneStage covers the whole of Europe – even places off the beaten track – and many worldwide destinations including Canada and the USA.

  • You can enquire via the form on our website
  • Email Julian, Laura and Sonia using tourenquiries@onestage.co.uk
  • Call Julian direct on 0121 240 2972
  • You can meet Julian in person too at the ABCD Conference in Cardiff from 22-24th August. https://www.abcd.org.uk/events/abcd-convention
  • We are very willing to come and visit you, meet your group and discuss options too, at no obligation of course!

COCHEM-2Here are some ideas to get you started:

WALLONIA  – Visit the other half of Belgium. Explore the beautiful Ardennes, including Dinant the home of Adolf Sax and try your hand at rail-biking or visit and perform at the stunning Maredsous Abbey.

PICARDY – Ideal for a first time tour especially for prep-school aged children. Boulogne or Calais are great bases for short trips with activities such chocolate factories, theme parks, steam train rides and the Aquarium. The historical museum at La Coupole is an ideal visit on the return journey.

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THE RHINELAND & MOSEL – The steep banks of the rivers Rhine and Mosel provide an attractive setting for a tour, with plenty of activities including the mechanical music museum, Sesselbahns, boat trips, castles and an array of outdoor concerts at churches, bandstands, spas and festivals.

SLOVENIA & HUNGARY – Stay on the stunning setting of Lake Bled, visit Llubljana and extend your visit to Celje, Maribor and Ptuj before heading off to Lake Balaton, Hungary.  Simply stunning scenery, fabulous hotels and great concert opportunities!

PROVENCE – All summer long, there are music festivals waiting for your group to be part of!

Notts 2014AUSTRIA – Close to Salzburg you will find the Mid-Europe Festival in Schladming (application on-line) which we can integrate in to a longer European tour for your ensemble. Visit the Salzkammergut where there are salt mines, ice caves, castles, toboganning, lakes and train rides.  http://www.mideurope.at

ICELAND – We are delighted to be adding Iceland to our musical destination portfolio with our first tour departing in October 2014 to Reykjavik.

MALTA – A tiny island with hundreds of churches and great sunshine.  Take a full day trip over to Gozo or simply explore in Valletta and enchanting Mdina. Ideal for choirs and bands but only reachable by plane.

ITALY – This is such a wonderful destination and we simply love Italy.

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The northern area is reachable by coach (Liguria, Tuscany, The Lakes & Veneto), further south we have to rely on flights.  Pretty towns & villages, plenty of music festivals in churches and outdoors.

Summertime Tours & Sizzling Best Photo Competition

July 4th, 2014

monnickendam 30 5.2014 USSO orchestra performanceThe OneStage office is busy preparing for our summer music groups departing to all corners of Europe. With approximately 200 concerts taking place during just this one month, our amazing ops team and concert organiser Sarah, is working on the final publicity touches.

We wish you all a successful tour and hope for great weather and appreciative audiences at all of your performances.  If you would like to stay in touch and see who is out and about, then follow us on Twitter @onestageUK or ‘like’ the OneStage Facebook page.

Don’t forget to send us links to your blogs too.

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We will all be out of the office at some point during the summer, seeing various ensembles in action or polishing up on our tour managing skills. We are extremely lucky to have a wonderful group of linguists in the office with a passion for music. We extend a huge welcome Laura Ruiu-Patrick and Barbara Litynska, who bring with them yet more valuable music and travel experience especially in Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Poland.

If you email us your photos then we will do our best to add them to our facebook page throughout the summer and will even consider using them on our destination pages on the website.  In fact, we would like to offer some prizes for the best photos of your ensemble performing on tour, with one £250.00 first place prize and two runners-up prizes of £75.00 each, to spend at a music shop of your choice.

A few handy hints for those of you who are thinking about packing for tour:

  • Don’t forget to stock up on instrument supplies like reeds, spare strings. Try Prozone Music http://www.prozonemusic.com/
  • Instrument insurance – check your existing policy is valid before you go and exactly what it covers.
  • Check the expiry date of your passport. There have been lengthy delays issuing renewals.
  • EHIC cards will save you money if you need to visit a GP or hospital but they do need renewing, so again, check the expiry date on the card.
  • Sun cream, sun hats, sun glasses and pegs for outdoor concerts
  • Let’s hope umbrellas will not be required!
  • Stay in touch with the FCO website – https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonwealth-office

 

 

 

OneStage in World Record attempt in Slovenia!

June 23rd, 2014

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen 45 very excited boys from Cumnor House School touched down at Venice Airport to begin their choir tour to Slovenia, they were already primed for their attempt on their very own World Record! Our Sales Manager Julian accompanied the tour and reports on their experiences.

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The tour was based on the shores of Lake Bled in the town of Bled itself, and the hotel boasted those two all essential amenities for a summer tour: air conditioned rooms and a large swimming pool complex! Our second day was spent getting the adrenalin flowing, by taking the cable car and toboggan run from Straza Hill overlooking the lake, and walking to our lunch venue halfway round the lake.

 

 

After a relaxing swim in the lake (yes really, it was warm enough!) our opening concert took place in the Art Deco Salon of the historic Grand Hotel Toplice, a hotel that has welcomed such distinguished (and diverse) guests as the Duke of York, President Tito of Yugoslavia, Madonna and Sting!

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Amongst other pieces the capacity audience were treated to moving  rendition of John Rutter’s For the Beauty of the Earth, as well as more rousing folk and pop songs.

More walking ensued on the third day, this time in the stunning (and shady) Vintgar Gorge, before hiking up to the precipitous Bled Castle, our second very hot concert venue 70 metres above the lake.

The fourth day was spent in the capital Ljubljana, with a recital in the wonderful acoustic of St Nicholas Cathedral, as well as a tour of the historic castle accompanied by costumed actors from various periods in the castle’s history.

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And then it was time for the attempt on the World Record, for the largest simultaneous busk worldwide, co-ordinated to start at the same time, all under the umbrella of the charity www.worldbusk.org .

The attempt, on the Presernov Trg square in central Ljubljana attracted a huge crowd, and provided a rousing finale to our first Slovenia tour!

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Watch this space to see if the record has been confirmed: the Choristers of Cumnor House certainly did their bit, even appearing on Slovenian television!

 

OneStage in the Land of Fire and Ice

April 30th, 2014

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Once again we continue to push the boundaries of our European destination list, with our first choir tour to Iceland departing in October 2014.  We recently undertook a research trip to the land of glaciers, volcanos and geysers, midway between the UK and the USA, and found a rich cultural life, some stunning scenery, and we weren’t too astounded by the prices either!

 

There are some beautiful modern churches and concert halls, and nearly every small community has its own choir providing a focal point for the cultural life of the community.  With a population embracing a modern and open attitude to repertoire and style, you could sing in a church built for just 100 parishioners, or in the iconic Hallgrimmskirkja in Reykjavik, the choice is yours!

 

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Contact Julian at OneStage to ask about the possibilities in Iceland for your choir

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Music tour in Paris

April 23rd, 2014

Mission: give all the students of a high school music department a taste of being a real musician.

Status: accomplished!

Key components: one city, two tour managers, three venues, four days, five performances, seven drivers, thirteen staff and one hundred and nine young musicians from the American School of London

Detailed breakdown:

IMG_0383Day 1 was a travel day.

It was fairly easy journey with little traffic and a smooth ferry crossing.  Arrival in time for a group briefing, a buffet dinner and an early night (for some!)

Day 2 was a day of many performances.

A 0530 wake-up call and a 0700 departure was what was needed to reach the other side of the city by 0900. Our hosts, the American School of Paris welcomed us in to set up ready for the first concert at 1000. The third of three school assemblies culminated in the choristers of ASL and ASP coming together for a joint piece.

As if that wasn’t enough music for one morning. ASL squeezed in some rehearsal time for their grand finale piece for the evening performances before packing up and having lunch.

IMG_0359In the afternoon the coaches took us into Central Paris, we soaked up the sights on the way to our destination of the Eglise Notre Dame des Blancs Manteaux in the 4th arrondissement. Rehearsals and preparations all afternoon transformed the church into the set of a collage format concert.

The audience members started to arrive and ponder where to sit as musicians were all around them in the four corners of the church and pews were en travers, facing inwards. By 2030 there was a full house and standing room only as the baton came down for the start of the first piece.  The concert was a great success with music flowing seamlessly around the church passing between orchestra, choir, concert band and an array of smaller ensembles. By the time of arrival back at the hotel that night everyone was tried but proud of their accomplishments, looking to build upon them the next day.

Day 3 was for the final concert.

A leisurely morning was welcomed by all and a 1030 departure gave us time enough to arrive in the Northern suburbs of Paris in time for an early lunch. Once feed and watered we made the final leg of the journey to Enghien les Bains. The spring weather brought out the best of this lake-side spa town and those who weren’t needed at the rehearsal could go and explore or chill out with an ice cream.

Our venue was the splendid and recently renovated church of St Joseph – another beautiful church with the space to allow the collage concert. The support from the local community and feature on idfm radio brought in a good crowd to hear the musicians excel themselves for another fantastic performance.

Day 4 was the journey home.

Despite a spot of Sunday evening  traffic we all made it back in one piece. Each person got something slightly different out of this music tour but everyone had a great experience.

OneStage in Full Swing

April 2nd, 2014

Trelaze Festival,Christine Taylor, LSSOThe 2014 touring season is well underway with Easter groups on the road in Berlin, Dublin and Paris. This year they are enjoying the glorious spring sunshine, which is a lovely change to last year’s late snow.  We are excited to have our first tour to Iceland, several jazz bands at ‘Music in the Park’ Montreux Jazz and concerts at Notre-Dame de Paris, Girona, Barcelona, Salzburg, Ghent and Rouen cathedrals. There will be around 250 concerts performances by OneStage groups over the course of the year.

We welcome Marie Fouche-Bray, who started at OneStage in November, to the team.  Marie and Eve accompanied one of our large groups (130 pax) in Paris last weekend. The highlight of the trip was a sell-out audience at Notre-Dame des Blancs Manteaux!

We are still slowly adding destinations to our website. Please remember OneStage covers the whole of Europe and many world-wide destinations, so if you don’t see your ideal touring place on our map, then please get in toucBrighton Montreux Jazz 2013h with Julian or Sonia to ask for details.  Our destinations page will soon feature Greece, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, Romania, the USA, Canada and Bulgaria amongst other inviting touring ideas.

Groups should be planning 2015 tour now to obtain allocations at the best accommodations and choice venues.  We are happy to come and meet you to discuss your touring requirements or take an enquiry on the phone, or by email. The next opportunity to meet OneStage face to face will be at the MMA Conference at St George’s College in Weybridge in May 2014. To find out more please visit http://www.mma-online.org.uk/.

Kew Wind Orchestra’s Champagne Tour

April 1st, 2014

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.

Stunning success in Belgium for Inner Voices Choir

February 21st, 2014

inner voices logoInner Voices is one of London’s most exciting youth choirs, with members drawn from several Inner London schools and Academies.  They are conducted by the renowned choral trainer Ralph Allwood and directed by Ed Watkins, Director of Music at the West London Free School.

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In the spring of 2013 they contacted OneStage to set up their first ever concert tour, which took in three venues in Belgium over just a couple of days in February 2014. The choir performed to over 500 people over the weekend, in such prestigious venues as Brussels Cathedral.

Inner voices Wavre 2Director Ed Watkins couldn’t praise OneStage enough, both directly and via Twitter: “Throughout the whole process the organisation was superb, and made it all so stress free, and our wonderful tour manager made the few days as easy as I could have imagined! The thing that really amazed me about the trip was how fantastic the audiences were! I can’t believe that we had so many people to sing to and all the people that hosted us were so kind and encouraging. The trip has given all the singers a massive boost and was just what the choir needed.”

OneStage hits the road!

October 9th, 2013

 

We love to meet our clients face to face, and we also love finding new people to meet and places to visit, both home and abroad

This term sees us out and about more than ever, both in this country where we love to meet and get to know our new (and old!) clients, and abroad on inspection trips with our clients: they’re the best way for us to get to know you, and for you to see what we do first hand!

So here’s just a few places you’ll find OneStage this autumn

– At the Making Music National Conference at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham on 12th October www.makingmusic.org.uk where you will find Julian on the OneStage stand.

– On our Directors‘ Familiarisation Trip to Spain from 29-31 October. This trip taking in Barcelona & the Costa’s  is now fully booked and we look forward to welcoming clients new and old to explore the region with us whilst getting to know some of the OneStage team. You too can keep up with the trip by following progress on Twitter #Barcelonafamtrip

– At The Music Show in Manchester www.music-show.co.uk, where Julian & Sonia will be representing us. There we’ll be delighted to welcome our Spanish partner Sandra Angulo from GoES Travel (www.goestravel.com) who’ll be joining us to tell you all about our Spanish product and why we love to send music groups all over Spain.

As well as meeting lots of clients, we’re always searching for new and exciting places to perform, as well finding new possibilities right under our noses in our existing portfolio of destinations.  So far this autumn, Rebecca has already attended the German Travel Workshop which was held in London, and Eve spent the day at the Birmingham NEC meeting with suppliers and exhibitors at the Group Leisure show.  And from 4th November we’ll be gathering a myriad of ideas and new contacts at the World Travel Market in London www.wtmlondon.com

Aside from work and travel, we will all have to find some time to practise for our upcoming Christmas concerts, which we might tweet about from time to time!

And finally at Christmas, our offices will close on 24th December for Christmas and reopen on 2nd January 2014. Phew!

 

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