Friday, December 7, 2018

Custom vs Festival concert tours for your choir

We often get asked what is likely to be better for my ensemble – a fully customized tour vs a festival experience.

Travel dates, destination preferences and nature of the ensemble are guiding factors that might pull the decision toward a custom tour. Alternatively a director might be keen to have their ensemble interact with a specific festival leader, perform at a major festival venue or sing a chosen masterwork.

The term festivals covers a wide spectrum - local festivals we promote, our own festivals featuring KI’s great roster of choral doyens and of course competitions that others stage.

Combining a custom & festival tour is easy. KI’s festival tours are essentially a customized concert tour with: two half days of rehearsals (including an individual concert), a dress rehearsal followed later in the day by the combined concert (which also features our individual choirs staged in their own right). The rest of the each ensemble’s tour is completely customized to individual needs (touring, concerts, exchanges, duration of tour etc.).

In 2020 we have a KI FESTIVAL in each of our key destinations for different styles of ensembles at different times of the early summer:

KI's 2020 Choir Festivals

John DICKSON – Rome along with Florence & Venice options (June 8 departure)
Thomas LLOYD – London & Edinburgh gala concerts (June 20 departure)
Elena SHARKOVA/Henry LECK – Salzburg/Vienna with Budapest & Prague options (June 21 departure)
Rollo DILWORTH – The magic of Ireland & Dilworth entwined (June 30 departure)
Elise BRADLEY/Henry LECK - Toronto – closer to home – treble & mixed choir options (July 5 departure)

Our year-round DESTINATIONS include:

KI custom tour destinations

We would be happy to talk with you about which style of tour (destination and/or festival) suits your ensemble best.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Your next concert tour begins at the Midwest Clinic or with a phone call

KI & You - at Midwest Clinic

It would be great to meet up with you at this month’s Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago or to chat on the phone if you are not attending this year.

As you know, KI stages concert tours around the world but you might not know KI:
  • includes core travel insurance so you don’t need think about it 
  • can bill travelers directly meaning one less task for you 
  • tailors accommodation and meals to your wishes 
  • ensures there are audiences wherever you are performing 
  • arranges exchange interactions and shared concerts as requested 
  • looks to borrow instruments (especially percussion) wherever possible 
  • matches venues to your performance needs 
  • flies new clients to our head office to meet the team and plan your tour 
  • adjusts the ratio of complimentary packages to your requirements 
  • invites you to talk to any of KI’s clients to ask what the KI experience is 
  • will match pricing with any comparable tour – without sacrificing KI quality 
It goes without saying that we plan your destination/itinerary/routing with your safety and comfort paramount.

I’d welcome the chance to meet in Chicago enabling us to blend your talent, leadership and vision with our contacts, experience and passion for bringing your tour dreams to reality.

Be in touch to make a time to meet or for me to call you if you are not heading to Chicago this year.

Oliver Scofield

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

For the musical pioneer in us all – Roads Less Traveled… custom choir tours & festivals

KI's roads less traveled custom & festival choir tours

Returning from hosting a director in Morocco/Portugal for his forthcoming concert tour brought to mind how many of our ensembles are interested in destinations a little or a lot off the beaten path.

Vietnam, India, Japan, China in Asia
Australia, New Zealand in the Pacific
Cuba, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada closer to home
Finland, Estonia, Sweden in Europe’s North 
Greece, Southern Spain, Portugal in Europe’s South
Argentina, Brazil, Peru in South America 

led by Henry Leck & Elise Bradley

2021 festivals in Canada
& with Jonathan Palant in Vietnam

Friday, November 16, 2018

Italy custom choir tours AND John Dickson's 2020 Passion of Italy Choir Festival

KI's Italy custom tours and the 2020 John Dickson Passion of Italy Choir Festival

The cradle of the renaissance, 
the seat of an empire, the home of a 
religion – imposing Rome, fascinating 
Florence, surreal Venice

Venice & Milan with John Dickson

Individual & Festival Concerts
Rome & Florence Tour Options

JUNE 2020

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

UK custom choir tours AND the 2020 London Choir Festival with Thomas Lloyd

KI's UK custom tours and 2020 London Choir Festival with Thomas Lloyd

Different yet comfortable, living history 
and pageantry – England, Scotland, Wales – 
London, Stonehenge and the West End.

with Thomas Lloyd

Individual & Festival Concerts
York & Edinburgh Extension Option

JUNE 2020

Monday, November 12, 2018

Join Henry Leck in Vienna or Toronto in June & July 2020 choir festivals

Dear Directors

I am delighted to have two great international festival opportunities to offer you in 2020. One is closer to home in Canada which I am leading with Elise Bradley, Artistic Director of the Toronto Children’s Choir. The other is in the birthplace of so much of our music traditions, Austria, where I will be joining Elena Sharkova to lead the Sing Austria festival.

KI's Sing Austria Choir Festival 2020 with Henry Leck & Elena Sharkova VIENNA SATB Festival
One of my favorite places to have toured with my choirs has been Austria. I love the musical heritage and tradition. The scenery, the food, the people, the sounds… so great! So I am pleased to announce KIconcerts' Sing Austria Festival in June 2020 in Vienna with possible extensions to other Central European destinations.

To make this even more exciting, I get to co-conduct with my buddy Elena Sharkova!! If any of you have worked with her, you know she is not only a consummate musician, but a bundle of passion, energy, and love of life!!

We hope you will join us in Austria to create a truly magical experience for your choristers, accompanying travelers and audiences alike.

KI's Notes of Joy Toronto Choir Festival in 2020 with Elise Bradley & Henry Leck
TORONTO Treble & SATB Festival
Following the success of the 2018 Montreal festival, KIconcerts invited me back to lead the 2020 Toronto Notes of Joy Festival which I will be co-conducting with Elise Bradley.

Notes of Joy is a festival for US and Canadian treble and mixed voice choirs. We will rehearse the two festival choirs separately bringing them together for a stunning finale.

I welcome the opportunity to work with you and your singers in Toronto in July 2020. Let’s take this chance together to create life changing musical moments for your singers.

With a passion for singing,

Henry Leck
Co-conductor – Sing Austria & Notes of Joy

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Ireland custom tours AND the 2020 Rollo Dilworth Choir Festival

KI's Ireland custom tours and the 2020 Dublin Choir Festival with Rollo Dilworth

A land of whimsy, the occasional four leaf clover 
and the rarer leprechaun. Enjoy the hospitality, 
the vistas and the proud culture.

Rollo Dilworth 

Individual & Festival Concerts
Belfast & Cork Tour Options