Based on your choir's size, experience, ability and repertoire, we'll hand-pick an appropriate venue just for you. We guarantee that the acoustics, stage size and venue type will be suitable for your choir.
Your choir's press kit is of the utmost importance when requesting to play in venues overseas. Our Ultimate Guide to Creating Your Choir's Press Kit will guide you along the process of how to put this together.
Whether performing for a Mass, formal performance, or a joint concert, repertoire selection is key to a successful choir trip. We'll help you select repertoire and get final approval from the venue.
Working with risers, altar steps, a flat surface, a choir shell or other stage layout depends on the venue selected for your group. We'll work with you to solidify your stage layouts and coordinate your equipment rentals.
Wearing choir robes, all black, casual or something else? We'll keep you informed of what choral attire you need to bring and we'll even book your changing rooms in advance.
Most choirs who are performing non-a cappella pieces require a piano or keyboard rental at each venue. We'll make sure you have a high-quality rental for your accompanist!
We know how important vocal warm-ups are. We'll schedule ample time to warm-up and rehearse before each concert! Plus we'll provide you with water to stay hydrated.
Choir balance is key to recruitment. We'll help you keep an eye on your balance through our passenger reports and can even customize trips for an unbalanced choir!
"From start to finish our experience with our tour manager (who was AMAZING!), the concerts and the reception we received at each one was beyond my expectations. Our hotels and the meals were absolutely fantastic. We have taken two choir tours with another company and they were great trips but this was by far the best trip we have been on to date. I would highly recommend Encore Tours to any group wanting to do music tours internationally."
"This trip was a trip of a lifetime...on so many levels. The venues were world-class, the accommodations, meals and transportation were excellent and our tour director was just wonderful. We loved her. This trip was just beyond anything I had anticipated. A trip we will never forget!"
"Quite simply there is no greater touring joy than being with Encore. Encore is not just a better company they give you a better life. The tours with Encore cannot even compare with others in professionalism, friendliness, education, performance and life experience. If I could work for this company I would! They are a close family and it brings out the best for the touring families! There is no issue too complicated hard strange or even eye rollingly absurd that they won't try to get accomplished for their clients. I honestly cannot see myself touring with any other company again. I have found my tour home in Encore."
After landing in Munich, head south to Salzburg, one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. Spend 3 nights in this Mozart city exploring its musical history, castles, cathedrals and gardens before heading east to Vienna, the capital city of Austria and historical center of the musical world.Full Itinerary
On this 8-day tour, you'll get an in-depth look at just what makes Buenos Aires such a fantastic city. Learn about the beloved Eva Perón and be prepared to dance the tango with a few locals!Full Itinerary
This 10-day itinerary includes some of the must-sees of Paris and then explores historic Normandy and the breathtaking Loire Valley. With the perfect combination of rustling-bustling city culture and romantic countryside landscapes, highlights include the Louvre, Versailles, Château de Chenonceau, D-Day Beaches, and more.Full Itinerary
Between 1181 and 1600, a Romanesque cathedral was standing in the place of the present one; its foundations can be seen in the crypt of the church. Salzburg is not called the 'Rome of the north' in vain. The Cathedral was hit by American bombs during World War II. It took ten years of hard work to restore the considerable damage. The last part of the restoration was the reconstruction of the 4 organs. This historical venue is a must-perform!
Charged as being "the greatest of all churches of Christendom," St. Peter's Basilica, in Vatican City, is nearly 400 years old and possesses a wealth of history, culture, and art. Adorned with works of famous Italian Renaissance artists such as Michelangelo, St. Peter's is a popular site not only for Christians, but for historians and tourists alike. Not only have Encore groups had the opportunity to explore such a remarkable sight, but some have also performed for the Pope himself!
This gorgeous baroque-style church right in the Old Town Square of Prague, was completed in 1735. The interior was inspired by the chapel of St. Louis-des-Invalides in Paris. Its prime location in the heart of the main square makes it a wonderful place to hold concerts and attract large audiences.
Located in the heart of Paris, Notre Dame is one of the most magnificent churches in the world. It has starred in numerous books and films across the ages—most notably Victor Hugo's tale of the Hunchback, Quasimodo, who lived in the bell towers. Speaking of bells, Notre Dame has five, the largest being the great bourdon bell, Emmanuel, which weighs just over 13 tons. No doubt one of the most sought after venues in the world, we are proud to have Notre Dame on our venues list!
St. Thomas has been a place of worship for historical figures such as Martin Luther, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and of course, Bach. In fact, Bach was choirmaster at this church for 27 years. Today, this church acts as his final resting place. Although the works he created during his time in Leipzig commanded little attention in his lifetime, they are an important part of his journey to greatness. Dive into the world of Bach and have the chance to perform in a place he once considered home.
Famed for being Ireland's most romantic Castle, Kylemore Abbey is the perfect setting for choirs. The adjoining Gothic Church, constructed in 1874, is home of many musical performances, poetry readings and cross-community celebrations throughout the year. The church was built in the style of a miniature cathedral as a memorial to the owners beloved late wife, Mary.
This beautiful palace, home to the infamous Esterházy family, was built in the late 13th century. During its lifetime the palace's Haydnsaal has played host to many great musicians, in particular its former long-time Kapellmeister, Joseph Haydn. Don't miss out on performing in this historical landmark!
This gothic-style Roman Rite Catholic cathedral was built between 1194-1250 and is the last cathedral to have occupied the grounds since the 4th century. The church's almost perfect preservation is astounding; it still holds most of the original stained glass windows and its architecture has gone almost unscathed since the 13th century. Dominating the cathedrals exterior are its flying buttresses, large windows, and beautiful spires.
Built to demonstrate Seville's wealth in the years after the Reconquista, the Seville Cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral today and third-largest church in the world. According to legend, the cathedral's builders had decided to build a church "so beautiful and so great that those who see it built will think [they] were mad." It may have taken hundreds of years to complete, but with 80 chapels, beautiful domes, and a stunning interior, performing here is sure to leave your group with memories of a lifetime.
On the River Thames lies the Gothic Southwark Cathedral, the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Southwark. The venue is suitable for both choirs and orchestras wishing to perform a concert or within a church service. To perform in this venue, your ensemble must be approved in advance!
L'église de la Nativité has suffered several fires over the course of its history. In 1918 the fourth and current church was built by the famous architect Georges-émile Tanguay. Tanguay was well known throughout Europe for his gothic-style architecture. This beautiful church is in the heart of Québec's historic district, Vieu-Bourg de Beauport.
The Imperial City of Music beckons you with its musically-rich history, stunning baroque architecture and bustling cosmopolitan squares. Visit the home of some of the world's greatest musical talents including Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn during the 2017 Sing Mit Festival, a 3-day festival choir event at St. Stephen's Cathedral in the heart of Vienna. To learn more, visit: Sing Mit Festival Opportunity for Choirs.
Take part in this extraordinary Music Festival in the heart of Normandy. Steeped in history, the area offers many unique venues for concerts and master classes. Benefit from the expertise of renowned professionals and connect with fellow performers. Enjoy the beautiful countryside and dramatic seaside cliffs of Normandy as you set out to discover the Loire Valley and unforgettable sights of Paris.Click here to learn more.