Thursday, January 17, 2019

Ireland 2020 choir festival with Rollo Dilworth - can we talk at ACDA or before?

KIconcerts - 2020 Ireland Choir Festival with Rollo Dilworth
I am excited to be leading the KIconcerts festival in Ireland in 2020.

Ireland’s a very hospitable, safe and historic destination where the touring is fun and informative.

We travel to make great music and Ireland is the perfect place for this – their choral tradition dates back eons and the venues there offer astounding acoustics and presence - a truly inspiring setting for your choristers.

The core festival program consists of individual concerts, combined rehearsals (likely with local singers) and the gala concert featuring each choir and the combined festival choir. Exchanges, workshops with Michael McGlynn’s AnĂșna or a class with Riverdance dancers along with live Irish music over dinner immerse your ensemble in the unique character of this great land.

To further customize your program there are opportunities to visit Ireland’s charming Southwest – for instance Galway or Cork – alternatively to heading North into Belfast in Northern Ireland. This is a place of amazing recent history and an extraordinarily rich and beautiful past.

I will be at ACDA and can make time to meet at KI’s Booth #500 with you and the KIconcerts team. If you are not heading to ACDA then perhaps we make contact this month instead.

I look forward to hosting you in Dublin

Rollo Dilworth
Artistic Director & Conductor 

Monday, January 14, 2019

Austria 2020 festival with Elena Sharkova & Henry Leck - can we talk at ACDA or before?

KIconcerts - 2020 Austria Choir Festival with Elena Sharkova and Henry Leck
Elena Sharkova and I are co-conducting the 2020 Austria choral festival.

When asked where we both wanted to take singers next we immediately said Austria. The Central European region is the birthplace of so much of the music we love to share with your singers.

You start in Salzburg and hear the echoes of young Mozart, ‘dance’ in the Mirabel Gardens as did the Von Trapp children and sample a sachertorte good enough to change lives. Individual concerts are offered at many of Salzburg’s charming venues for those that want them.

Traveling to Vienna (with the option to visit Melk Abbey and sail a portion of the way on the Danube) we gather as a combined choir to rehearse, celebrate each other at a welcome dinner and present our festival gala concert in one of Vienna’s many commanding venues. Individual concerts, touring and exploring are the order of the day in this grand imperial city.

You then have options to continue onto fairytale Prague or magnificent Budapest as you tailor the tour to your choir’s needs and wishes.

We will be at ACDA and can make time to meet at KI’s Booth #500 with you and the KIconcerts team. If you are not heading to ACDA then perhaps we make contact this month instead.

Join us in Austria for the festival of a lifetime

Henry Leck

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Italy 2020 choir festival with John Dickson now featuring Rome and the Vatican City

KIconcerts - Passion of Italy Choir Festival 2020 with John Dickson prospectus
In response to requests from colleagues I have asked KIconcerts to locate our Passion of Italy festival in Rome. This will enable both the gala concert as well as an additional opportunity for Mass at St Peter's Basilica to be sung in the Eternal City.

If all roads lead to Rome, then departure for extension travel offers an array of exciting choices. Experience the birth of the Renaissance in Florence, the uniquely exotic island of Venice, a taste of the North in Milan, or the stunningly beautiful terrain of the Amalfi Coast.

International travel combined with great music making has profoundly shaped my life as a professional musician and as a person. I am grateful for the opportunity to offer you and your community of singers the possibilities of such life-enriching experiences.

This will be the third festival I am leading for KIconcerts and I like the way they build an event like this, never losing sight of the individual choirs and choristers while still producing a well-attended gala concert on a significant scale at a fine venue in a great destination.

KIconcerts and I would welcome an opportunity to speak with you more about the music, the touring and the unforgettable experience of Italy. Contact us about touring and pricing options.


John Dickson
Artistic Director & Conductor

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year from KIconcerts

Happy Holidays from KIconcerts

A new year beckons, we’re passing time
Friends hand on batons new stars are born
Holiday cheer keeps us in our prime
And sunset’s glory prepares new dawn

Your world of music’s an awesome realm
Crossing five oceans the globe’s a stage
Michael and Oliver at the helm
Your stories written on every page

Chapters start and audiences wait
In London, Dublin and Vienna too
Sydney’s harbor, Rome’s pearly gate
With ‘roads less traveled’ a different hue

KI’s thanks really knows no bounds
Far from perfect but we try hard
Loving the movement of your sounds
On concert tours we hope unmarred

Memories of 18 being filed away
With next year’s news still to unfold
There’s only one thing left for us to say
We toast your stories still being told!

Happy New Year from KIconcerts
Oliver, Michael and the KI team
here and overseas.

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