Why choose the Loire Valley for school music tours?

Considered one of the most beautiful regions of France, the Loire Valley is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. Many of them come for the historic towns and castles, which also make the region a perfect destination for school music tours.

Students can build confidence and develop their skills through performing in public, as well as develop a lifelong love of music. It helps if you can arrange inspirational backdrops for the concerts and there are plenty to choose from in the Loire Valley.

Let a specialist organize your tour and you’ll have access to a variety of ancient churches and magnificent castles with performance rooms for choral and instrumental groups. These are the places your students may never play again, so it’s guaranteed to leave them with fond memories.

The locations include the monastery of L’Abbaye Toussaint in Angers. A church has stood on the site since 1040, but the structure you will see today is the result of a major renovation project undertaken in the 1980s after the abbey fell into disrepair and the site was bombed during World War II.

Take a tour of the on-site museum to learn about its history and see a collection of works by sculptor David d’Angers. That should set the mood for your party to perform in the cloister surrounded by a beautiful building.

School classes are also invited to play or sing in the magnificent Sainte Croix d’Orleans cathedral. The Gothic building was constructed between 1278 and 1329, but has been extensively renovated several times since then.

One of them involved the installation of stained glass windows telling the story of Joan of Arc in the nave. She is closely associated with the Cathedral as she is known to have attended Mass there during the Siege of Orleans, when she led the French army to victory over the English.

You’ll find that some of the Loire Valley’s grand mansions welcome choirs and orchestras, including the Chateau de Blois. Once a lavish royal residence, it is now a museum and offers visitors musical performances during the spring and summer.

King Francois I’s extravagant hunting lodge, Chateau de Chambord, is another impressive venue for musicians to perform. Whether your party takes place in one of the many magnificent rooms within the vast Renaissance house or in a courtyard, it will be a unique experience for the students.