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Tour Time reflects on 2019

2019 is drawing to a close and it’s been another very busy one for our Big Sing sponsors, Tour Time. As valued partners and colleagues, we invited them to share their reflections on a year of planning and growth, with choral connections and community at the heart.  

Planning paying off
Here at Tour Time, we have been looking ahead for quite some time to Auckland hosting the World Symposium on Choral Music. This year has seen the planning really ramp up: it started with a journey to Kansas City to attend ACDA alongside the teams from WSCM and IFCM to promote the Symposium to the 5,000 delegates in attendance; then onwards to Freemantle and Choralfest, to continue telling the story of what is to come next July.  The planning hasn’t stopped since, as we have been working throughout the year with several of the incredible international choirs selected to perform at the Symposium who wish to expand on their time in our beautiful country. We are very excited for them and all the opportunities that they will have whilst down-under.

Our tour experts have had many exciting musical festivals and tours on their plates as well: we have been working with multiple schools to attend musical events such as the Australian International Music Festival, Summa Cum Laude and Generations in Jazz, and the team have planned performance trips to Europe, Argentina, Singapore, Australia and the USA as far in advance as 2022. We are always looking ahead to where our next groups want to go, what’s new in the musical world, and how we can best support our groups in the coming years.

Growing teams and choral connections
In direct response to the increased workload, the team here at Tour Time has grown somewhat over the course of the year.  As many of you are no doubt aware, Tour Time is a family business and you will know well the faces of Brent, Beryl & Ron Imrie and Sandra & Glen Brown, who are the core of our family. They have worked incredibly hard over the years to promote choral music across the country and around the globe.  They have been supported for quite some time by a dedicated staff of music and travel experts, including Michelle Squire and Vikki Millar, but the last 12 months has seen the team increase both in the office and in the field, with additional full-time and contract staff.  Bolstering the team means that we have expanded the joint skillsets and knowledge base that we can draw on to ensure an incredible experience is had by all our tour participants. We welcome Delia Jordaan, Jo Fogarty and Jane Horder to the team who support you.

Taking pride in our community
Lastly, and we feel quite importantly, we are extremely proud to continue as the principle sponsor of The Big Sing and the newly launched Cadenza festivals.  Every year the calibre of performance increases, due to the hard work and commitment of the schools, choral directors, choristers and parents – we never fail to be amazed by the incredible effort you all put in.  We are truly honoured to be able to continue to support the next generation of choral talent in New Zealand again in 2020.

2020 looking bright
Next year provides no opportunity for rest as we look ahead not only to the World Symposium, but also to an exciting year of touring with some incredible schools and groups – both inbound and outbound – including hosting DCINY on our shores for their performances of Sir Karl Jenkin’s The Armed Man in Hamilton and Auckland. Word on the street is that this event may be attended by Sir Karl himself – very exciting indeed!

From all the team at Tour Time, both old and new, we wish you a safe, happy and bright holiday season.