July 21-28, 2018 July 21-27, 2019
Imagine your choristers joining with other young singers under the direction of the most renowned experts on children's choirs—festival co-conductors Henry Leck, Founder/Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Children's Choir, and Dr. David Flood, Master of the Choristers at Canterbury Cathedral.

The festival is centered around three major choral performances: a joining of voices for the ancient service of Evensong in Canterbury Cathedral, a massed full-evening concert in Canterbury Cathedral, and the final festival concert in Westminster Central Hall or Southwark Cathedral in London with the Virtuosi of London Orchestra—all under the direction of Henry Leck and Dr. David Flood.

ITINERARY

SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018 | DEPART FROM NORTH AMERICA

SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018 | DEPART FROM NORTH AMERICA

Depart on a regularly scheduled flight to London's Heathrow or Gatwick airport.
SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2018 | ARRIVAL IN LONDON | CANTERBURY

SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2018 | ARRIVAL IN LONDON | CANTERBURY

Arrive in London, where your Music Contact International tour manager will greet you at the airport. Drive the short distance to magnificent Windsor Castle for a guided visit. Continue on to Canterbury and check in to your accommodations at Christ Church University’s Parham Road Student Village. Enjoy dinner at your accommodations, followed by a director’s meeting with festival officials to discuss plans for the exciting days ahead!
MONDAY, JULY 23, 2018 | CANTERBURY FESTIVAL REHEARSAL AND CONCERT

MONDAY, JULY 23, 2018 | CANTERBURY FESTIVAL REHEARSAL AND CONCERT

After breakfast, meet other festival participants including your guest conductors and clinicians and begin morning rehearsal. After rehearsal, enjoy time for lunch at your leisure in chaperoned groups in the Cathedral City. This afternoon, perform an individual concert at the cathedral for other festival choirs and the Canterbury community. Afterwards, enjoy an in-depth tour of this great World Heritage Site. In the evening, rendezvous with other participating choirs in the cathedral's massive 12th century quire for a dress rehearsal of the Evensong service to be sung on Tuesday. Return to your rooms amidst glorious views of the cathedral floodlit against the night sky.
TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2018 | CANTERBURY FESTIVAL REHEARSAL AND EVENSONG

TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2018 | CANTERBURY FESTIVAL REHEARSAL AND EVENSONG

After breakfast, proceed to Shirley Hall for another rehearsal of the Festival Choir. Following, return to the great cathedral to listen to more concerts by festival ensembles. Enjoy lunch at your leisure before assembling with your choir for a special private workshop with David Flood. This evening, process into the cathedral as part of the Festival Choir and sing the Introit, Anthem and the Canticles for the Evensong service that has taken place on this spot every day for 1,400 years! Return to your student lodging for dinner. Later, all participating choirs will return to the cathedral for an evening rehearsal of tomorrow's massed performance.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2018 | CANTERBURY FESTIVAL WORKSHOP AND CONCERT

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2018 | CANTERBURY FESTIVAL WORKSHOP AND CONCERT

After breakfast, rehearsal continues, followed by time for lunch. Afterwards, return to the cathedral to hear ongoing concerts by festival choirs and enjoy yourself in Canterbury. This afternoon, partake in a second private choral workshop with Henry Leck. After dinner and final instruction from Mr. Leck and Dr. Flood, proceed into the vast cathedral to present a major full-evening concert of the Festival Choir in Canterbury Cathedral.
THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2018 | LONDON | GUIDED CITY TOUR

THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2018 | LONDON | GUIDED CITY TOUR

After breakfast in Canterbury, depart for central London and embark on a guided city tour. Have lunch before entering the Tower of London for a colorful tour by one of the Yeoman Warders (Beefeaters) and viewing of the Crown Jewels. Later, check-in to your centrally-located London accommodations. and refresh for evening activities. Tonight, attend an exciting group dinner at the original Hard Rock Café at Hyde Park Corner. After dinner, stroll to Buckingham Palace for a close-up look at its famous facade, which can only be seen on foot!
FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018 | LONDON REHEARSAL AND CONCERT

FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018 | LONDON REHEARSAL AND CONCERT

After an English breakfast, drive to the center of London for souvenir shopping and lunch. The National Gallery and Piccadilly Circus are just around the corner! In the early afternoon, rehearse with the Festival Choir for tonight's closing concert. Return to your hotel to change into concert dress and have an early dinner. Later, transfer to Westminster Central Hall or Southwark Cathedral to present the International Children’s Choir Festival Closing Concert, an annual London musical tradition!
SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2018 | DEPART LONDON

SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2018 | DEPART LONDON

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to the United States with wonderful memories of your week in England.

PACKAGE

  • Accommodations
    •Six nights accommodations—four nights in Canterbury University housing (in en-suite single dorm rooms) and two in London hotel accommodations (singles, doubles, triples)

    Transportation
    •A private, modern, air conditioned motor coach with a professional driver is provided for all transportation as described in the itinerary, including round-trip transfer between the airport and hotel

    Meals
    •Daily breakfast
    •Five dinners—four dinners at the University cafeteria in Canterbury and one dinner at a restaurant in London

    Tour Manager
    •Full-time Tour Manager to accompany your group during their entire stay, from arrival to departure

    Performance Opportunities as part of the festival:
    •Three Festival Choir rehearsals conducted by David Flood and Henry Leck
    •Individual concert in Canterbury Cathedral (15 minutes unaccompanied)
    •Massed Choir presentation of Evensong in Canterbury Cathedral
    •Two Festival Choir evening rehearsals in Canterbury Cathedral with organ
    •Major full-evening concert of the Festival Choir in Canterbury Cathedral
    •International Children's Choir Festival Closing Concert in Southwark Cathedral or Westminster Central Hall, London
    •Two private choral workshops, one with David Flood, Master of the Choristers, Canterbury Cathedral and one with Henry Leck, Founder/Artistic Director, Indianapolis Children’s Choir
    Additionally, all choirs receive song learning tracks from Hammond Music Service containing the complete festival repertoire

    Local Guides and Entrances
    •Tour of Windsor Castle
    •Tour of Canterbury Cathedral
    •Guided sightseeing tour of London
    •Tower of London visit including the Crown Jewels

    Complimentary Places
    •One complimentary land package for every 38 paying travelers (39th traveler is complimentary), based on single occupancy accommodations in Canterbury and double occupancy accommodations in London
  • Please inquire about our fantastic festival extension options to other parts of England or the United Kingdom and allow Music Contact International to customize an extension program complementing your trip to Canterbury and London.

YOUR TOUR INCLUDES

Traveler's Resource Website

Traveler's Resource Website
The site is customized exclusively for your group, and is full of exciting and interactive features that you will find informative and helpful before, during, and after the tour.

•Current tour itinerary with full descriptions of each day
•Detailed maps of the places you will visit
•Blog platform to communicate with group members
•Recommended books, movies, websites, and videos

Online Payment System

Online Payment System
Group leaders have the option to use our Online Payment System, which enables you to effortlessly collect payments for your trip. Group leaders receive weekly automated reports with traveler balances and due dates.

Travelers can log in to our secure website to review the cost of their trip and all payment deadlines, register for the trip, and make credit card payments. All travelers receive automated reminders when payments are coming due.

Additional Materials

Additional Materials
•Customized handbook for each person traveling with your choir, including a detailed program and travel information.
•Electrical adapters*
•Luggage tags
•Passport holder*

*for international travelers