How can an international concert tour benefit your youth ensemble?

Mar 13, 2019


‘Next level’ inspiration

With over 50 years of experience creating inspirational tour experiences for youth ensembles, we at Rayburn Tours know how much young musicians stand to gain from going on tour. Alongside the musical and social benefits, touring can have an invaluably positive impact on young people’s self-esteem and personal development.

Time and time again, party leaders remind us that there’s no better way to inspire young musicians than by taking them on tour, as Mr Duguid discovered on tour with St Ignatius College: The students had a busy and varied trip, with a range of performance opportunities that stretched and challenged the ensembles. The performance at St Salvador’s Cathedral was very well attended and the pupils had the huge challenge of filling a longer concert on their own. This has had a big impact on performance standard and confidence for our pupils.”

As Mr Duguid highlights, performing to international audiences in venues around the world can really spark young musicians’ passion for music and open their eyes to the possibilities of performance.

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Working in harmony

Going on tour gives musicians the opportunity to bond as an ensemble and get to know each other on a new level, which is integral to the core activity of music making. Nothing reinforces trust and builds strong bonds like a trip away from home in exciting new realms.

This, together with a musical focus, will undoubtedly improve both the unity and blend of your ensemble. When on tour, groups must accommodate each other and look after each other, which is actually a kind of musical process in itself.

With time and space to rehearse and perform together every day, as opposed to meeting for weekly rehearsals, performing together in a condensed period of time allows young musicians to grow and develop as an ensemble, as well as giving them the time to polish and fine-tune those hard to crack music pieces.

There’s also something particularly rewarding about performing to an audience that isn’t solely comprised of parents, friends and teachers; the feeling of people other than their loved ones enjoying their music can give young musicians a real boost in confidence.

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An exciting goal to work towards

Following his tour to Paris with Tonbridge School, Julian Thomas commented on the musical benefits the tour had on his school choir: ‘Although it was only a short trip, it provided a real focal point for the Choir to work towards, and seeing them blossom musically makes all the hard work worthwhile.’

As Mr Thomas highlights, a concert tour can also provide an exciting goal to work towards come the end of the academic year. It’s the perfect incentive and motivation for young musicians, who are then rewarded with the feeling of pride as they realise that all their hard work has paid off.

Experiences like these, which teach young people about perseverance and dedication as they work towards a particular goal, are invaluable to their personal development. A tour is a great way for students to end their school career on a high, leaving them feeling inspired to continue their music education.

Experience the wider world

The other thing to note, of course, is that an international concert tour gives young people the opportunity to experience another country anda different culture, granting them a bit of independence and responsibility away from home.

Whether it be to a nearby European city or somewhere further afield, a tour will open your students’ eyes to another part of the world. This is where we can help them experience the local culture to its full with recommended excursions to fit around their performances.

Taking your ensemble members out of their usual way of life, letting them face personal tests and giving them the opportunity to perform in new environments will increase self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience. And, of course, it’s a whole lot of fun!

See for yourself…

The Rayburn Concert Tours film showcases the musical, social and personal benefits of touring from the perspectives of four ensembles. Seeing the groups perform in stunning venues across Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands, this glimpse into a Rayburn Concert Tour says it all…

Experience it for yourself…

If you’re interested in going on tour with your ensemble, visit our website or call our team of concert tour specialists on 01332 347 828 for more information.