Encore Travel: Ireland in 2020

GalwayInitial planning is underway for next year's Encore concert tour to Ireland. For the third consecutive year, Encore will be partnering with Classical Movements to provide Encore's singers with not only a rich cultural experience, but great concert performance opportunities in top-quality venues.

Tentative plans for the tour include Galway and Dublin with at least two concerts. There is the possibility of having a concert as part of the Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival - Ireland’s national celebration of the arts and creativity as we age.  This festival takes place in May throughout Ireland. Another possibility will be to perform as part of the Mayo International Choral Festival.  

The tour is expected to be approximately ten days.  Departure will be late May 2020.  Full details will be forthcoming soon, but interested singers should be planning on the dates.

Encore Travels the World

HavanaEncoreandcarIn 2008, near the end of Encore's inaugural year, 25 Encore singers crossed the Atlantic on board the magnificent Queen Mary 2.  Every morning, they rehearsed their music and, on the final day of the voyage, performed a concert at high tea in the Queen's Room. Thus began a tradition. Every year since, Encore singers have traveled the world exploring and performing.  Encore singers have cruised the Caribbean, taken river cruises across Europe, including Austria, Belgium, The Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Morocco, Slovakia, and Switzerland. Most recently, Encore traveler explored Spain and Portugal. 

Encore's travel highligths have included singing at the American Cemetery in Normandy; a concert in an awe-inspiring abey in Rouen, France; performances with the American Festival in Prague, the Melk Abbey, Vienna, and with the Bitburger Brewery Men's Choir, and riding in vintage cars in Havana, Cuba (photo), to name a few. 2019's trip to England included performances on the Queen Mary 2 and joint concerts with the Bath Male Choir and Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir.

While current membership in an Encore choral program is generally not required to travel with Encore, participants must have learned in advance the music to be performed in concerts.

Encore 2018 Canadian Concert Tour

2018 Encore Canada TourIn May/June 2018, 150 singers and significant others had a great time touring and performing concerts in Montreal, Quebec City and Sorel-Tracy, Canada. The singers made a lot of new friends along the way and performed before appreciative audiences (the singers got a record number of standing ovations in Sorel-Tracy!).

CLICK HERE to view video of the Sorel-Tracy concert.