Spend eight unforgettable days as the resident choir at one of the UK's most historic cathedrals. Perform daily Evensong as the resident cathedral choir, take a masterclass with the resident choir master, and explore the local area all while staying in luxurious, well-located accommodations.
Time and time again, we have seen that choirs that travel together not only grow musically, but also build ensemble unity. For church choirs in particular, there are undeniable spiritual, community-building, and mission-driven reasons to travel with your ensemble. With this residency, your group members will have a truly unique opportunity for personal exploration, cultural exchange, and gaining a greater understanding of the world.
Note: New groups interested in enrolling on this trip can register any time before July 1, and if you need to cancel your tour for any reason before October 1, 2021, we will refund 100% of the money paid to Encore.
Departure from the United States
Arrive at London Heathrow airport and meet your tour manager who will travel with you throughout your time in England. Depart for the cathedral and university city of Exeter located in the southwest region of England. En route, you will stop to visit the mysterious site of Stonehenge. Later, on arrival in Exeter, check into your comfortable hotel where you will be based for the week of your residency. Enjoy a relaxing, welcome dinner together with your tour manager this evening before having a good night's sleep. (D)
Enjoy a hearty English breakfast buffet today in your hotel, included throughout your tour, board the bus and embark on a guided sightseeing tour of historic Exeter! Enjoy lunch on your own and a free afternoon exploring at your leisure. Later today, you will gather at the cathedral and prepare to sing your first Evensong performance at Exeter Cathedral. Dinner is included for everyone this evening. (B,D)
This morning, depart the hotel and enjoy a half-day excursion to nearby Torquay, situated on England's southern coast and considered to be one of its finest seaside cities. Enjoy a relaxing stroll on the beach as well as Torquay Harbour that offers an array of shops, cafes and a marina. Later, return to Exeter for today's Evensong performance. Dinner is included for everyone this evening. (B,D)
Today will be filled with a visit to glorious Bath, a Roman city that offers visitors an abundance of attractions including the Roman Baths (entrance included), a beautiful Abbey, the Royal Crescent, Pulteney Bridge and a superb historical center. A local guide will present the various sites to you before you enjoy the city at your own pace. Later, return to Exeter for dinner together and your evening at leisure. (B,D)
After breakfast, enjoy the day in Exeter exploring at leisure. Your tour manager will be on hand to offer advice and suggestions for activities or short excursions. Later today, return to the cathedral and prepare to sing your next Evensong performance. Enjoy dinner with the group this evening. (B,D)
Today will be spent in the great “British Outdoors” with a trip to Dunster in Exmoor National Park and Lynmouth. The journey will take approximately two hours each way. In Dunster, you will visit the medieval village with its thatched cottages that epitomize the 'chocolate box' image of Britain. The village contains well over 200 listed buildings! Continue with a drive through Exmoor National Park, a place of outstanding natural beauty encompassing English woodland, extensive moorland, valleys and rugged coastline! There will be free time for lunch in the beautiful Devonshire village of Lynmouth today before returning to Exeter for today's Evensong performance. Dinner is included for everyone this evening. (B,D)
Enjoy the day exploring Exeter at your leisure. Your tour manager will be on hand to provide advice and suggestions for activities or short excursions. Return to the cathedral this afternoon to prepare for today's Evensong. Tonight, enjoy dinner together with the group. (B,D)
This morning, the choir will sing at the cathedral's Sunday morning Eucharist. After your final performance at the great cathedral, enjoy a relaxing afternoon in Exeter before having a celebratory farewell dinner together with your choral friends this evening! (B,D)
Transfer to the airport for return flight to the United States or continue your travels in Great Britain or across the Channel in Europe! (B)
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