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.

While current membership in an Encore choral program is generally not required to travel with Encore, our upcoming 2019 trip to London will be an exception - only active Encore singers will be permitted to sing at the concerts in England.

Encore Travel: England in 2019

2019 Encore Concert Tour of London

EnglandThe time has come! Encore Creativity for Older Adults has partnered with Classical Movements and Cunard Line, for this year's concert tour to England.  Approximately 75 singers depart on the Queen Mary 2 for a seven-day transatlantic crossing aboard the elegant Queen Mary 2.  Ship's passengers will be treated to two performances by Encore singers along the way.  Upon arrival in England, the singers will join another 25 who will have flown over for a week-long tour that will include Winchester Cathedral, Stonehenge, the Cotswolds, Oxford and the most famous sites of London.  There will be two concert performances:  For the first, Encore Chorale will share the stage with the Bath Male Choir.  In London, Encore will make a joint appearance with the Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir at Saint James's Sussex Gardens.

It promises to be a memorable trip! Watch this page for a full report, photos and videos of the concerts upon the tour's completion.

Encore Travel: Ireland and Iceland in 2020

GalwayInitial planning is underway for next year's Encore concert tour to Ireland and Iceland. 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, Dublin and Reykjavik with 3 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 10 days/12 nights, divided between Ireland and Iceland.  Departure will be late May 2020.  Full details will be forthcoming soon, but interested singers should be planning on the dates.

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 videos of the concerts and photos of the trip.