Student Music Tours: Combining Education with Adventure

penguinIn this article, we look at the school musical performance tour and the expert companies that can help you arrange them.

Educational school trips are nothing new, having started to gain in popularity back in the 1950s, but these days, with increased health and safety concerns and a national curriculum to consider, they have to be more carefully thought out and planned.

Because of this, many schools are now turning to specialist tour organisers for help and advice when it comes to arranging a school trip. One of the types of trip currently becoming very popular are student music performance tours and it is these that we look at in this article.

What is a music performance tour?

Student music performance tours, usually based overseas, but also sometimes based in the UK, are tours of school choirs, orchestras or other musical group and are designed to provide students with experience of travel and public performance. They are also intended to inspire and motivate students.

Why choose a third-party business to arrange your music performance tours?

There are many advantages, but primarily, using a professional organiser takes a lot of the hassle and worry out of organising a tour.

Venues and accommodation

For example, when it comes to choosing the right kind of venues for your tour, without the help of the experts, it is hard to know where to start. Whereas an experienced company will discuss your requirements with you and consider your type of ensemble and your particular expectations and requirements in order to book the most appropriate venues. Typically, venues range from stunning cathedrals and concert halls to town bandstands and community centres.

Similarly, your accommodation needs can be discussed and arranged in a similar way. All of the venues, accommodation and activities arranged through a certified third-party will have been risk assessed. Similarly, all transport used will be protected under ATOL, ABTA or IATA.


Tour companies can help you in promoting your tour in order to get people in. Many can provide posters and letters and come up with fund-raising ideas. They can also inform you of what kind of audience you can realistically expect each night and ensure that the chosen venues reflect this. You don’t want to hire a concert hall for an audience of 10 or a bandstand for an audience of hundreds!

Potential destinations

Venues within the UK include Edinburgh, Brighton and York. Overseas destinations might be closer to home, such as Dublin and Paris, or as far afield as New Orleans and Toronto.

Your budget

Budgets for school trips range hugely and this will affect the destinations for your tour and the type of accommodation you choose. The expert consultants will be able to work with you to make sure that you get the most for your money without sacrificing quality and health and safety.

Whatever your budget, musical performance tours provide students with a unique experience that they will never forget.


This guest post was written by Tim Jenkins who writes for Travelbound

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