Wednesday, August 16, 2017

10 reasons to consider performing with Z. Randall Stroope in Ireland next summer

I have been giving some thought to reasons you might wish to consider joining my 2018 Ireland festival:
  1. Safe, comfortable yet distinct, historic and cultured
  2. Affordable and often a nonstop direct flight
  3. Search for a 4 leaf clover, track down an ancestor, sight a leprechaun
  4. Breathtaking sights: Rock of Cashel, Blarney Stone, Cliffs of Moher, Kylmore Abbey, Belfast, Derry, the Titanic, Christchurch Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  5. Grand venues, intimate performances, appreciative audiences
  6. The festival experience with a pre or post customized tour
  7. Individual concerts as desired
  8. Exchange concert opportunities, learning River Dance moves, pronouncing Gaelic if you dare
  9. Touring with KIconcerts - an easy, happy & efficient experience given my recent festival collaborations with them
  10. Ireland; where the roads…‘rise up to meet you’
In friendship

Z. Randall Stroope
Artistic Director & Conductor

Thursday, June 1, 2017

2018 Montreal Choir Festival with Henry Leck and Joshua Pedde

Dear friends

I am delighted to have been invited to co-conduct the 2018 choral festival in Montreal with Henry Leck.

I know that all choir directors look for touring experiences that are safe, represent great value and which offer wonderful musical opportunities in a cultural context different to their choir’s home environment. While some of my colleagues look for festival settings others prefer custom tours. I believe this festival offers the best of both worlds with 2 three-hour rehearsals, a dress rehearsal and the gala concert. The rest of the touring time is yours to plan with KIconcerts along with additional performances as desired.

I am excited to again share the podium with my friend and colleague, Henry Leck. We look forward to welcoming you in Montreal for a musical experience second to none. We will celebrate the French culture of this great North American city together creating great music that honors every singer and enthralls the audience.

Je vais vous voir à Montréal

Joshua Pedde
Artistic Director & Co-Conductor

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Happy summer – see you on tour or online!

With our summer tours about to fan out across the globe we stop to give thanks for all the happy returns already this year including:

Just this week these ensembles are warming hearts:

In the next 6 weeks we are also staging concerts as far North as Reykjavik and as far South as Sydney and in between: Poland, Spain, France, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, UK etc. There are festivals with Dilworth, Dickson, Buchanan, Stroope, Sailer - we are singing at St. Peter’s at the Vatican, for official US July 4 celebrations in France, in the final concert of Australia’s national annual Choir Fest and in an Aboriginal community.

2018 takes us even further afield including Mexico, Vietnam and Cuba as well as closer to home in Canada and within the USA. Festivals include Craig Hella Johnson in the Sydney Opera House, Dilworth in Italy, Carrington back at home in London, Leck & Pedde in Montreal, Broeker in Austria, Wyatt in Spain, Stroope in Ireland and a Festival at the Vatican.

Be safe, see the world, make great music!

Oliver Scofield

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

London performance of Handel's Coronation Anthems - join Simon Carrington for New Year's Eve 2018

I never tire of performing Handel’s magnificent Coronation Anthems, especially in England. These are marvelous pieces for combined choirs and orchestra and I know we will love presenting them in a land that has enjoyed the long reign of Queen Elizabeth II!

New Year is a perfect time to travel with the cheapest pricing of the year and a chance to see the iconic sights of England without a crush of tourists.

KIconcerts is offering individual concerts and extension tours for those that wish them while I am looking forward to hosting you in my home city of London for the combined festival elements.

Feel free to be in touch with me directly on the musical matters and with KIconcerts about planning the touring and other performance elements.

With warm wishes to all

Simon Carrington
Artistic Director & Conductor

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sing with Henry Leck in Montreal - a touch of Europe in North America - Canada Choir Festival 2018

I am pleased to be leading a choir festival in Montreal starting June 21, 2018.

This is a festival for mixed voices and I will ensure that all participating choirs have a chance to shine in the gala concert setting and in individual choir performances as requested.

Immersed in the French Canadian culture, Montreal is the second largest French speaking city in the world! It’s a place of incredible tradition and a wonderful location for a festival. It’s amazing to me that you can travel 300+ miles from New York City or Boston and be in a French speaking city in a foreign country.

Choirs are looking for affordability as well as safety in their tour experience. Here you can have that…plus an international tour and a high quality musical experience. In addition, traveling to Montreal is convenient as I believe there are direct flights from most major American cities.

This festival celebrates individual concerts, combined concerts, the comradery of festival rehearsals, a gala concert and the joy of singing for international audiences.

In addition to this festival, I am leading one in Iceland in 2018 for children’s choirs another destination that fits all the criteria choirs are looking for next year. In 2019 I will also be leading festivals in Toronto and Ireland.

It would be a great honor to work with you and your choirs in Montreal June 2018 if that fits your planning for next year.

I hope you can join us for this incredible opportunity to make great music together!

Henry Leck
Artistic Director & Conductor
KIconcerts Distinguished Music Advisor

Friday, April 7, 2017

Sydney Opera House 2018 - date announced for Craig Hella Johnson Choir Festival

KIconcerts: Announcement - Sydney Opera House 2018 with Craig Hella Johnson

The Sydney Opera House has confirmed that the Craig Hella Johnson Festival Gala Concert will be staged on Tuesday 17 July, 2018 in the magnificent Concert Hall.

The Opera House Concert Hall is scheduled to close for major reconstruction and renovation in 2019. Given this, the demand for 2018 dates has been extraordinarily heavy and confirmation slower. We are honored that the Hella Johnson Festival was awarded a date and will be one of the last events of its nature until after the Concert Hall reopens!

This festival of Australian and American singers will be an exceptional display of choral talent conducted by a truly unique force of music; Craig Hella Johnson. The Jake Runestad commission will see its world premiere by this ensemble in this breathtaking venue. In addition, each choir will be invited to sing one piece on the Concert Hall stage prior to the combined choir performing. Choirs will have other individual concerts/exchanges as they wish.

There is plenty of time with Craig for rehearsing and we have rented the Concert Hall for two consecutive nights to enable the dress rehearsal to take place the night before ensuring maximum readiness and ease for our big night.

There are pre or post tour options to New Zealand, Cairns (Great Barrier Reef) and Brisbane/Gold Coast with flights ‘down under’ from the West Coast, Houston, Dallas and NYC… 2 meals, 3 movies and a nap is all it takes!

We know that Australia is a premiere location – for many a once in a lifetime destination – that is safe, comfortable, hospitable and full of some of the world’s most interesting animals.

See you down there mate

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

2018 & 2019 choir festival and custom tour offerings

KIconcerts: Tour Your Talent

2018 brings new opportunities for custom tours to the KIconcerts World of Music. 

KI is proud to launch performance tours in Iceland, Cuba and Vietnam. Tours to Europe: Italy, Central Europe, Ireland and England (never more affordable than now) remain the most popular with tours to Australia/NZ, Costa Rica, China, Argentina/Peru, India and South Africa featuring in our Roads Less Traveled collection.

2018 also sees KIconcerts increase its range of domestic and Canadian performance tour options.

KI’s festivals feature some truly great choral luminaries and we continue our tradition of commissioning new works - commissioning Jake Runestad for 2018. 

Craig Hella Johnson in Australia | Henry Leck in Iceland & Canada | Larry Wyatt in Spain | Angela Broeker in Austria | Rollo Dilworth in Italy | Z. Randall Stroope in Ireland

Simon Carrington in London

Rollo Dilworth in England | Karen Kennedy & Henry Leck in Ireland | Zimfira Poloz & Henry Leck in Canada | John Dickson in Austria | Janet Galván in Italy | Eric Stark in Hong Kong/China | Henry Leck in Spain | Elena Sharkova in Canada

Contact us for more information

Oliver Scofield
KIconcerts: Your Tour Company

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Our domestic custom and festival performance tours

KIconcerts: Tour USA and Canada
KIconcerts announced at ACDA that it was launching its domestic division with custom tours throughout North America and festivals initially in Montreal in 2018 and Toronto and Montreal in 2019. US festival locations will be offered for 2019.

KI offers the same high quality experience at home that it is known for internationally. Our domestic festivals will take on a different flavor with a variety of models being offered to meet the wishes of our diverse client base.

Our 2018 festival features Henry Leck in Montreal in June.

Please be in touch to discuss your future touring plans be they within the US, Canada or overseas.

KIconcerts: Your Tour

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

See you in Minneapolis at ACDA 2017 - BOOTH 501

Celebrating KI’s custom and festival tours
on 5 continents…now including North America! 

Check in with us at booth 501 to discuss

KIconcerts: Your Tour

KI’s ensembles have been presented in exceptional venues and destinations around the world for 35 years. Our custom tours are staged on 5 continents and our festival tours are led by the world’s finest conductors, educators and musicians. Let KIconcerts customize Your World of Music!

Make a time to see us at booth 501 
or be in touch if you are not heading 
to Minneapolis for ACDA

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Customize YOUR own performance tour experience

KIconcerts: Tour Your Talent Your Tour Company

YOUR destination and dates
YOUR performance and touring balance
YOUR choice: traditional destinations or roads less traveled!

A custom TOUR sets YOUR talent free on 5 continents:

The traditions of Europe – Italy, Austria, Great Britain, Ireland – Northern Europe featuring the Baltics and Finland/Sweden, Southern Europe featuring Spain, Portugal and Greece, Central Europe featuring the Czech Republic and Hungary…Croatia, France, Poland, Germany and more.

Roads less traveled – Iceland (with optional European add ons), Vietnam, Australia/New Zealand, China, India, Cuba and more.

Build a custom tour from a festival – 4 days of festival and solo ensemble concerts then days of custom touring: Stroope/Ireland, Dilworth/Italy, Leck/Iceland, Broeker/Austria, Hella Johnson/Australia, Wyatt/Barcelona.

No-one knows YOUR choir better than you – the price that works, the security sought, the adventures yearned for, the grandeur of never forgotten iconic venues, the embrace of an exchange community in shared local concerts, the amount of independence or organization desired, the perfect pacing.

Be in touch for more information or visit us at booth 501 at ACDA in Minneapolis.
KIconcerts: Your Tour

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Monday, January 30, 2017

US & Australian Wind Bands perform ‘The Composers Concert’ - Federation Square, Melbourne, 19 February – free entry

Sunday 19 February is a date your musicians will not want to miss. A free USA/Melbourne band concert at the Deakin Edge Theatre, Federation Square celebrating great band compositions and featuring:
  • Scarsdale High School Wind Ensemble (one of America's finest) - Jason Noble
  • Australia's own Monash Concert Band – Ingrid Martin
  • A world premiere in Australia "Wanderlust" by Brandon Scott Rumsey (USA)
  • John Mackey in attendance
  • Seats are limited at the Edge so arrive early.
This great concentration of wind band talent and energy offers a fantastic start to the musical year and we hope you are able to join us

The Composers Concert
4pm, Sunday 19 February
Deakin Edge Theatre


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Monday, January 16, 2017

BARCELONA – Sing in the New Year with Simon Carrington – price reductions

I am pleased to be leading the annual KIconcerts winter 2017/2018 choral festival – the core program runs December 26, 2017 to January 2, 2018.

We have chosen temperate, cultured, historical Barcelona not only for its winter warmth but also because of the incredible value that Europe represents right now. KIconcerts has been able to reduce another $100 off the cost given the strength of the US dollar making the tour $2795 per person from NYC. Feel free to talk with them about pricing from other US airports. I can’t recall the last time travel to Europe was this cost effective!

I am creating a combined musical program of 30-40 minutes duration which will be presented after participating choirs have the option to perform individually as well. This will be a great celebration of choral music in the festive season between Christmas and New Year with the opportunity for your singers to ring in the New Year in one of Europe’s great cities.

One of the great things about festivals is the chance for smaller ensembles or groups of singers to have a quality musical experience by joining with others for the optimum 40+ touring price even if they have less than 40 singers (and non singers) joining us.

Please feel free to be in touch with KIconcerts regarding the touring aspects and directly with me in relation to the musical elements.

Have a great 2017 and I hope to see you in Spain next winter

Simon Carrington