Music & Concert Tour To New York
Dive into the rich musical heritage of the city that never sleeps and enjoy its famous sights and skyscrapers.
The excitement of a Broadway Show
Shopping and sightseeing on Fifth Avenue
BB King's Sunday Gospel Brunch in Harlem
Ferry to Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty
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Recommended music excursions
Enjoy a neighbourhood tour of the cultural capital of Black America and experience the soulful sounds of gospel music. Explore the streets of greats like Billie Holiday, Malcolm X, and Michael Jackson while viewing legendary sites like the Apollo Theater, Abyssinian Baptist Church, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Striver’s Row, Hotel Theresa, and much more.
Students can take on a true Broadway experience. Enjoy a workshop led by Broadway stars located next to the audition studios of Matilda. Enter the world of theatre and discover the theory behind movement on stage.
The Broadway Theatre District has all the buzz and glitz that you’d expect from America’s answer to the West End. Rounding off the day with dinner and a Broadway show is a typical New York past time and it’s an exciting way for student’s to feel part of the city’s twilight activity.
The Harlem Gospel Choir sings every Sunday at BB King Blues Club and it’s always a lot of fun. It’s great for students to see this African-American music tradition while sampling a classic ‘all you can eat’ southern buffet. This is soul food, with dishes like cinnamon and brown sugar French toast and South Carolina Grits – dancing is definitely encouraged.
The memorial quadrant is a poignant reminder of the 9/11 devastation and an inspiring testimony by citizens to honour those who died. Twin reflecting pools and manmade waterfalls mark the spot where the Twin Towers stood, with the names of everyone lost inscribed into bronze panels around the outside.
The 76-acre site makes this the largest station in the world but it’s not just the size that impresses. The vaulted ceiling has a twinkling map of the constellations and nearly 700,000 commuters swirl about the marble counters and central clock tower everyday. The magnificent aesthetic modelled on ancient Roman baths make this iconic public space so magical.
Built at the peak of the skyscraper craze in 1931, the 1250ft Empire State Building is an Art Deco symbol of NYC. A ride in the express lift to the observatory floors gives students an unrivalled view of the city with outdoor decks and restored original interiors. A handheld device acts as an audio and visual companion with engaging videos, image galleries, quizzes and maps.
With views to rival those of the Empire State Building, Rockefeller’s multi-floor observation deck is 70 floors high. A thrilling Plexiglass screen installation shows the construction workers hanging on the high beams, with a chance for you to ‘walk’ across one too, far above the city streets. Exhibits include the history and a model of the building.
From Washington Square to 143rd street in Harlem, Fifth Avenue is the main thoroughfare through Manhattan and is deemed to be the most expensive street in the world. Although the shopping district is lined with prestigious stores the area along Central Park has many historical buildings and 19th century palatial homes that contain galleries and museums.
From the start, Radio City was designed to enchant, built just after the stock market crash of 1929 as a symbol of hope. It is the largest indoor theatre in the world but retains a feeling of intimacy through its grand interiors and extraordinary use of space. New ‘Stage Door’ tours reveal both the theatre history and impressive new technological features.
When arriving in New York, a great way to appreciate the scale of the city and avoid crowds is to take a boat cruise. Students can see the famous skyline and get to know the layout of Manhattan with excellent photo opportunities. The Full Island Cruise takes in over 100 landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and Yankee Stadium.
The world’s largest department store now offers a fun, retail-focused lecture followed by a store tour. An informative discussion follows the story of Macy’s from humble beginnings in 1858 to the 1m square foot of selling space today. Students will also learn about fashion merchandising visual advertising techniques, with plenty of time left over to shop.
The NYC-based complex is comprised of twelve residential organisations including the Metropolitan Opera and the Film Society of Lincoln Centre. As well as a guided tour, 90-minute instructed sessions will give students the chance to practice under talented and engaging artists. Events are tailored to group interest and focus on dance, drama or music.
The One World Observatory is located within the One World Trade Center providing unmatched views stretching across Manhattan to New Jersey. Groups will be able to learn about the history of the Trade Center in New York, its history and construction.
Harlem is steeped in history, from its origins as a rural Dutch community through the cultural clashing of the 60s and 70s, to contemporary summer retreat. At the turn of the century it was a melting pot for African-American artists. Musically-led tours tell the story of this diverse district through the high energy and charm that stirs in its heart.
THE RIDE is a totally original coach tour! Each coach is fitted with floor-to-ceiling glass windows and follows a route through Midtown and Times Squares. Onboard hosts provide entertaining commentary throughout the journey whilst professional actors, singers & dancers provide pop-up presentations along the way. Before or after their tour, groups can perform a pre-rehearsed routine for 2 minutes as one of THE RIDE’s acts. They will be introduced by the hosts and perform for THE RIDE customers as well as for dozens of passers-bys.
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