The newest music destinations for performance groups this summer
Published: 31st January 2017
The benefits from learning outdoors, plus the short and long-term outcomes that come from residential student tours, aren’t limited to curriculum-specific trips such as geography, history, and business studies. Music lovers – and more specifically music performance groups – can also reap the rewards of taking their skills abroad on a music tour. Through high-quality targeted experiences abroad, not only will teacher-student relationships strengthen, but learner engagement and resulting achievement can improve. With the learner in mind we’ve picked out three new destinations that will not only provide a unique experience through activities and culture, but offer music groups venues allowing their students to display their skills and passion and grow in the process.
Music and culture goes hand-in-hand through the streets and historic buildings of Leipzig. Access to the city is made easy with an overnight coach or flights to Berlin. You’ll be up and landing before you know it with flight duration around the two hour mark. Once you are inside the city, it is easy to explore the churches and museums by foot.
Leipzig is truly a city of music with a host of composers, including Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Clara and Robert Schumann, Edvard Grieg and Gustav Mahler, all living in the city. The eastern German city was also the birthplace of Richard Wagner. Many of these key figures are remembered and celebrated through museums and monuments, such as the Bach Monument, Bach Museum, GRASSI Museum of Musical Instruments, Mendelssohn’s house, the Schumann House, and the Edvard Grieg Memorial. Each visit provides students with a deeper insight into the lives and inspiration of these key contributors of music composition.
There is a great opportunity to dive into the music traditions of Leipzig with the 5km Music Trail a great place to start. Consisting of 23 locations, the trail guides groups through the centre of Leipzig with German and English commentary available. With a history of great musicians, it’s of little surprise the city holds a tradition of instrument production; namely the organ.
The city holds plenty of music events throughout the year ranging from festivals and classical concerts to operas. The Gewandhaus Orchestra remains the oldest civilian concert orchestra in Europe performing several times a year in Leipzig. Music groups will also have the opportunity to take to the stage with Leipzig the perfect destination for choirs and orchestras wishing to showcase their classical repertoire. A number of prestigious formal venues are available to Travelbound music groups looking to perform. Choirs can take the limelight at St Thomas Church or choose to take the stage at St Nicholas Church. Travelbound are also pleased to present the Baroque Summer Hall in the Bach Museum and the Zimelin Hall in the GRASSI Museum of the Musical Instruments.
Did you know?
The prestigious St Thomas Boys’ Choir was created in 1212 and still performs three times a week in St Thomas Church. Bach was choirmaster here and was laid to rest in the church. Richard Wagner was baptised in the very same church.
While we can’t guarantee sun every day, it’s safe to say Malta provides a warmer temperature! The sunny climate presents music performance groups with opportunities for outdoor concerts throughout spring to autumn.
There is a world of learning waiting to be discovered in Malta with numerous exciting educational visits. Take in the cities steeped in history, including La Valletta and Mdina, marvel at the natural wonders of the Blue Grotto, or visit the picturesque village of Marsaxlokk. Though Malta is relatively small in size, there is plenty to be explored around the island in just a few days. Make the most of the opportunity to explore the nearby island of Gozo steeped in history, old forts, and standout examples of baroque palaces. With great local support through our local agent, music performance groups benefit from getting the best insight into Malta’s culture.
With the sun beaming down on you, a summer visit to Malta inevitably brings a holiday feel. Contributing to this are the good standard of hotels complete with swimming pools, which have been carefully selected by the Travelbound team of travel experts in association with ground agents.
Combining the perfect amount of culture and music performance opportunities, there are concerts available to suit all types of groups. Should your group choose a formal performance option, La Valletta Cathedral and Mosta Church provide the perfect environments with both proving popular with locals. The Cathedral’s intricate interior will take your group’s breathe away and will no doubt be a standout memory from your time performing in Malta. Malta is a predominantly Catholic country and attendance at church remains high guaranteeing audiences for church concerts. With music performances a welcome sight across the island, expect a warm and friendly welcome wherever you go in Malta.
Did you know?
The 5,500 year old temples at Ggantija are not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Gozo, but are believed to be the world’s second oldest man-made religious structure after the Göbekli Tepe in Turkey.
Condover Hall, Shropshire
An option slightly closer to home is the Condover Hall Centre of Excellence in Shropshire. This UK option for music performance tours allows groups to benefit from the centre’s on-site adventure activities while performing at a number of interesting venues in the region. Owned and staffed by our own sister company JCA, Condover Hall is a fantastic low cost option for groups wishing to stay in the UK without skipping out on fun and the opportunity to explore somewhere new.
Ideal for new ensembles wishing to bond as a group, the combination of on-site outdoor and indoor activities allows for groups to build upon team spirit and foster cohesion. See your students in a different light as communication skills develop and young leaders come to the fore. From abseiling and zip wire to canoeing, Condover Hall offers a new dynamic to a music performance tour.
Everything is catered for on-site with itineraries designed to allow for allocated meal times, daytime activities, off-site performances and evening entertainment options back at Condover Hall. Tailored to the needs of your group, Party Leaders can choose from a range of on-site evening entertainment perfect for music groups, including a disco, karaoke, a bonfire night, or even a talent night. The on-site rehearsal spaces make Condover Hall perfect for groups looking to get away to the peace and quiet of the Shropshire countryside and seeking space to rehearse their performance.
When you’re ready, with Condover’s close proximity to Shrewbury and the surrounding towns, there are numerous performance opportunities nearby for both choral and instrumental groups. Head for St Chad’s Church and the Abbey in Shrewsbury; share you vocal skills from the bandstands in Shrewsbury; or take in a visit to Oswestry and Chester where there are various venue options, including churches and main squares.
Did you know?
Condover Hall is a Grade I listed Elizabethan mansion with relics to the period’s entertainer Richard Tarlton found in the grounds of the estate.
With three new destinations added to the ever-growing Travelbound music programme, this summer is bound to kick-off to the sound of your music performance group creating new memories.
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