FREE Concert Tours Webinar

Wednesday 7th July: 4.30pm-5.30pm

Tips and advice for the perfect Concert Tour – Live Q&A with experienced tourers

Top tips and advice from seasoned tourers

Your touring questions answered

Reignite, Re-engage, Re-group

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“I’m thinking of organising our group’s first concert tour but I’m not sure where to begin? Is now really the best time to start planning? How can I encourage members to sign-up? What’s the best way to keep on top of tour admin?”

Any of these questions sound familiar?

Join our free webinar and have your questions answered


In just 60-minutes, you’ll hear from some Musical Directors and music group leaders who have taken on the task of organising their group’s tours and are willing to share some of their top tips on organisation, safety, fundraising, rehearsing and much more.

There’ll also be plenty of time to answer your questions. Not only will you be able to take away their wealth of knowledge, but you’ll also get to share ideas and tips with other music group leaders too in an open Q&A format.


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“This event will provide us all with an opportunity to come together in a space where we can share ideas, discuss any fears and barriers to touring, learn from others and understand more about the deep rooted benefits that that are associated with taking an ensemble on tour. This event is about you! It’s about learning from other members of your community.”

Katie Boyden, Joint Managing Director, Rayburn Tours



Introducing our speakers…


We thought long and hard about who we could invite to share some of their touring experience with you and help answer some of your questions. We knew that it was important for these people to represent both youth and adult ensembles from the school and community setting, and it’s with great pleasure that we introduce you to our speakers for the event.


Ian Blenkinsop, City of Bristol Choir

As a member of the City of Bristol Choir, Ian has found himself the nominated tour organiser for a number of years. He acknowledges that exacting standards, precise preparation and timings, and first-class performances are what make the perfect tour for the choir.

Ian will elaborate on his top tips to ensure meticulous attention to detail at every phase of the tour.

Read more about Ian Blenkinsop


Jason Andrews, Rednock School

As Head of the Music at Rednock School, Jason is committed to creating inclusive performance opportunities for young people both via the school provision and in the community setting.

Organising bi-annual trips since 2002, Jason will share with you some of his top tips from almost 20 years of experience.

Read more about Jason Andrews


Mary Bourne, Singing It Back

Managing two adult choirs, alongside running private classes, writing music and generally dedicating her life to music, Mary continually seeks new ways to engage and enthuse those who choose to spend their spare time singing as part of her choirs.

Having organised and embarked on her choir’s first international choir tour in 2019, Mary will share with you her experience as a first-time party leader and tips on how to stay organised.

Read more about Mary Bourne


Melanie Stapleton,
Tapton Youth Brass Band

Melanie has been the chief tour organiser since 1998. The band now have an enviable list of tours under their belts and it has become a permanent fixture in their calendar, inspiring and enticing children to join the band.

Having toured for almost 25 years, Melanie will remind you of the immense rewards, as well as sharing some tips on how to ensure inclusivity for all members by organising fundraising events for all members to take part in.

Read more about Melanie Stapleton


Katie Boyden, Joint Managing Director of Rayburn Tours

To us, Katie was the perfect choice to host our webinar, as not only is she the joint MD of Rayburn Tours, she is a performer, musician and chorister, whose love of music started at just aged 4. Today, Katie loves sings in Armonico Consort, an auditioned choir, as well as her local community choir where she acts as section leader.

Katie will give a brief update on how Rayburn navigated the challenges of the pandemic and in light of this will provide an insight into the changing face of touring with youth and adult ensembles, before opening the virtual floor to our guest speakers.

Read more about Katie Boyden


Reserve your free place today!


Space are limited, so it’s essential to reserve your space early!


Reserve your free place today!

“After a tough 18 months, we’re definitely witnessing the emergence of pent up demand for international concert tours and with that come a rack of questions that people need answering. That’s exactly why we’ve created a forum and space where reassurance and answers can be provided to attendees by their peers.”

Katie Boyden, Joint Managing Director, Rayburn Tours