I’ve always been passionate about traveling. I enjoy the excitement of exploring a new place, sampling the local food and people watching in entirely new cultures. My love of traveling first arose when I was a young professional singer working the international circuit on board cruise ships. I was lucky enough to be able to travel to places such as Dubai, Cyprus, France, Bahrain, Ireland and the Netherlands to name a few. This allowed me to combine my passion for both music and travel. However, I could never have foreseen that years later I’d be creating a ‘singing holiday’ business!
Combining Music & Travel
When I got married and had a family I wasn’t able to roam around quite so much. But I continued to pursue my love of music and started All For One Choirs. These are local choirs which provide people with the opportunity to sing rock, pop and gospel music just for fun. There are no auditions, no need to read music or take things too seriously. One day I was approached by another choir in London. They wanted to know if we’d like to do a choir exchange. We ended up having a fabulous trip to London and everyone enjoyed it so much that it gave me an idea. Perhaps our choir members would like the opportunity to combine their love of music with travel trips a little further afield?
How A Singing Holiday to Florence Was Born
I started Music & Travel Ltd and began to arrange singing tours. They are short holidays for people who love to sing and also want to go on holiday alongside like minded people. Last year we had our first wonderful trip to Florence in Italy. The highlight of which was when we sang in San Lorenzo Square along with a local Italian gospel choir. It was a truly magical moment!
Here’s a short clip of our wonderful concert staged in The Piazza Basilica San Lorenzo with our amazing host choir, Florence’s One Voice Gospel Choir.
If you love Italy you might like to read about 7 Breathtaking Things to do in Venice.
Helen’s website with full details of upcoming trips can be found at Music & Travel.
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- Helen is a Choir Director and founder of Music & Travel Ltd, a company which organises singing holidays and international choir trips for those who enjoy both singing and visiting far away places. You may also recognise Helen from the TV since she reached the live finals of Britain's Got Talent in 2016 singing with her daughters as part of The Garnett Family. She's passionate about travelling the world and is probably our most musical Wander Blogger!