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A week in Sorrento – Day 2

Today was every bit as amazing as I hoped for! Driving along the winding roads towards Naples and up to Mount Vesuvius, we couldn’t help but be amazed by the skill of the driver as he expertly...

And the winner is…

After travelling the length and breadth of the country to be part of 8 regional auditions, we feel even more excited and privileged to call ourselves a ‘Friend of Choir of the Year’ in 2014....

A week in Sorrento – Day 1

Sometimes it’s the little things which make the biggest impression. On arrival in Naples it was fascinating to hear some of the student’s observations about life in Italy; driving on the right,...

Should sportswear giants invest in school sports PE Kit?

Announced today; Nike, arguably the biggest sportswear provider in the world, pulled out of its £303m deal with Manchester United FC. Already several bidders are interested in sponsoring one of the...

What can we learn from the World Cup?

I think I’ve just about recovered from the disappointment. England’s early exit from the World Cup and Iran (my sweepstake team) also failing to make it past the group stages left me feeling a...

The Assassination in Sarajevo that started the First World War

On Saturday 28th of June it will be 100 years since the Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated with his wife Sophie in Sarajevo. As everyone knows or will know after this summer, that...

The World is a Book – Top 10 Geographical Reads

This quote might be familiar to you. Have you seen it in your inbox or found it on a postcard in your pigeon hole yet? If not look out for it. I love this quote. Anything that extols the virtues of...

Well this is something new for me… Blogging!

Let me start by introducing myself. I’m Cath. A Geographer, a teacher and most recently an employee of Rayburn Tours. For me this is a really exciting opportunity – the chance to share my love of...

D Day 70

I watched a great deal of the commemorations on the anniversary of D Day on television last week. Far more than I probably needed to and yet I was glued to it. It wasn’t the speeches that held my...

The anniversaries are all around us!

At the Historical Association Conference visitors to the Rayburn Tours stand spent a lot of time talking about historical anniversaries and tours. This was particularly apt as we were nearly at 70...

Warwick Arts Centre – Saturday 10th May 2014

Today promised to be an eventful day as 23 choirs were scheduled to arrive to compete as well as take part in a series of workshops at the Choir of the Year Choral Academy. Warwick Arts Centre –...

Sunday 11th May, London – Guest blogger – Judy Lewin

This weekend has been my first experience of choir of the year, and my eyes have certainly been opened over the course of the two days. Today the auditions were at St John Smiths Square, a lovely...