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The resilience of our children in unprecedented times

On the 20th March 2020, I sat penning this article as our world entered a period of unprecedented change, as the COVID-19 virus threatened to interrupt all areas of our day to day lives. Even now,...
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Teachers, take care of your mental wellbeing too!

School has been tough for everyone this year – students, parents and teachers. Whilst everyone is still getting to grips with the new normal, you, the teacher, are taking the reins and ensuring...
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Top 5 things to encourage a positive mental health

Take a look at the top 5 things we suggest to boost positivity… 1. Practice mindfulness Ignore the past and future – focus on your current state of mind, your thoughts and your feelings. Take...

“Could we really perform there?” Unlikely concert venues in Germany

Get ready for an unforgettable concert tour to Rhineland, where your ensemble’s sound will echo through the walls of Gothic architecture, and impress audiences within some of Germany’s most...

Getting multiple quotes for a school trip – why the cheapest isn’t always the best!

You’ve taken on the task of planning your school’s next trip abroad, and the first step is to gather several quotes for comparison. When faced with a mountain of documents and information, how on...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Italy Tours departing on or before 3rd April 2020

From Tuesday 10th March 2020, the Italian authorities extended the area of isolation to cover the whole of Italy. The isolation period is currently expected to last until 3rd April 2020 and the...

Interesting facts about the Menin Gate & Last Post Ceremony

Dedicated to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who lost their lives during the First World War, the Menin Gate is an important memorial and for many school groups visiting Belgium, the Last Post...

“Could we really perform there?” Unlikely concert venues in France

Journey across the Channel to France’s historic region of Normandy, where not only will you encounter many a commemoration to the events of the Second World War, but also indulge in unmistakable...

“Could we really perform there?” Unlikely concert venues in Belgium

Imagine stepping through the doors of a beautiful holy venue, surrounded by sacred sentiment and ready for every corner to be filled with the echoes of your ensemble. As you take your first breath to...

Why travel to The Netherlands with a band?

    So you’ve decided that the Netherlands is the place for you. Known for its impressive flower industry, windmills and clogs, there is so much culture and history to absorb on a visit...
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Why travel to Belgium with a band?

    Ok, you’re convinced. Aside from the abundance of beer and chocolate, Belgium is steeped in culture, history and stunning performance venues, promising an unforgettable visit. But why...

The International Choral Festival Wales returns…

Choirs across the world are this month sending their applications in to compete in the International Choral Festival Wales! Once again, Rayburn Tours are proud to partner with the festival, which...