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Ultimate passions: music, performance and travelling.

Jo Porter, Concert Tours Manager of family run, UK-based tour operator Rayburn Tours shares her ultimate passions: music, performance and travelling. But how does she make these fit into her every day life?

Music, performance and travelling are my ultimate passions in life. Having sung with a church choir for 11 years and performed in shows with Nottingham and Carlton Operatic Societies, I am currently a member of Beeston Mums’ Choir as well as a 60’s soul band!

With a degree in French and Performing Arts, a future at the Moulin Rouge beckoned, but instead I started my career at Rayburn Tours twelve years ago. As Concert Tours Manager, I lead an experienced team of destination specialists made up of linguists and fellow performers; from singers and dancers, to violinists, pianists and organists! It is our job to create the perfect tour for our customers, matching their repertoire to the right destination and world-class performance venues.

Being a family run, UK based tour operator, Rayburn Tours has nearly 50 years’ experience in providing concert tours abroad. In 2014, we are proud to be a ‘Friend of Choir of the Year’, as we believe that music should be enjoyed by all and everyone should have the chance to take part; gaining new skills, making new friends and building on their existing talents.

My team offer concert tours for all types of youth and adult music ensembles, with everything being tailor-made to the groups’ specific requirements, including an itinerary that includes travel, accommodation, performance and leisure arrangements.

With destinations such as Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and Ireland, the concert tours team really do give groups the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in world-class venues. These can include Brussels Cathedral, Notre Dame Cathedral, Disneyland Resort Paris, St Mark’s Basilica, Barcelona Cathedral and even at the Menin Gate, Ypres, during the Last Post Ceremony.

The best part of my job is undoubtedly when we get feedback from a successful tour, hearing about the incredible memories such as a standing ovation, or performing an impromptu outdoor concert for delighted passers-by. As one of our customers recently said, “Full churches and standing ovations was something I had not expected and thrilled our young performers!” It is this that makes it all worthwhile and it’s amazing knowing that my job helps people share their love of music around the globe.

What are your favourite touring memories? Perhaps it was performing at an amazing venue, or simply playing outdoors in the sunshine? What has made your performance perfect? If you’ve got a story to share, comment below or tweet at @RayburnConcert.