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Article posted on: December 17, 2019

Need inspiration for next year’s school music tour? Here are our top tips for where to go in 2020/21!


Salzburg has been named Lonely Planet’s number one city to visit in 2020 - and this is a city that’s all about the music!

One of the reasons the city has been honoured this year is because the Salzburg Festival is celebrating its centenary. This is one of the world’s largest classical festivals and this special centenary edition promises to be bigger and better than ever before!

Salzburg is also home to some of the world’s best concert halls, was the setting for The Sound of Music and was, of course, the birthplace of Mozart, one of the world’s most influential classical composers!

In terms of a school music tour, Salzburg offers some really exciting opportunities. Your ensemble could perform as part of a festival, or on a beautiful bandstand in a traditional Austrian village. You could perform at one of the locations where The Sound of Music was filmed, or in a magnificent castle or basilica. 

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Washington D.C.

Second on the Lonely Planet’s Top Cities to Visit list is Washington D.C. This year, the city will be celebrating the centenary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the vote. And it’s also a presidential election year, so all eyes will be on the US capital. 

This is a spectacular choice of destination for a school music tour with a range of exciting venues to choose from, including the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, the National City Christian Church, the Franciscan Monastery or the Washington National Cathedral.

If you’re trying to keep costs down, you could consider travelling in low season (i.e. February, May and October) when significant savings can be had. 

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Bonn is one of the largest cities on the Rhine and will celebrate the 250th birthday of its most famous son in 2020! 

Beethoven was born in the city in 1770 in a house that’s still standing today. A visit to the Beethoven House is one of the highlights of a school music tour to the Rhineland. 

And Beethoven isn’t the only famous German composer who will be celebrated in 2020. It will also be the 270th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach, who is, along with Beethoven, considered one of the greatest composers of all time!

And the Rhineland really does offer some unforgettable performance experiences, from performing at local wine festivals to playing bandstands and concert halls!

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