At EUWB, we always finish our year of band with a European Tour. In the past we have visited Munster, Lille, Amsterdam and Bruges to name only a few. Our most recent tour was to Utrecht in the Netherlands. Tour begins with what we call pre-Tour, which involves nearly a week of socials, rehearsals, and finishes off with a concert.
During the last few years the concert has been at the Ross Band Stand in Princes Street Gardens. Pre-Tour may be in Edinburgh, but it’s just as much fun as the rest of Tour. It starts of with ‘Beerinteering’, a day in which everyone splits into teams and completes challenges all across Edinburgh. This is probably one of the best socials of the year, and it is an incredible start to the trip!
The next couple of days involves some intense practice, where we play through all the pieces we are going to perform. Tour pieces tend to be a collection of EUWB favourites, including The Hebrides Suite, Stevie Wonder and Instant Concert. The evening’s during Pre-tour usually involves a quiz and a movie night,which is a wonderful way to catch up with everyone you’re going away with.
As mentioned above, pre-tour ends with a concert, and then it’s time to pack bags, instruments and an awful lot of food. Travelling might sound dull, but you obviously haven’t travelled with EUWB. As of the last few years, we have travelled from Newcastle to Amsterdam by overnight ferry, which is surprisingly comfy, and, even more surprisingly, a lot of fun. This, is followed by more travelling to the city we will be based at. Last year in Utrecht, we managed to do two different concerts within the city, which was interspersed with a canal tour, exploring, eating and occasionally drinking a beer (or two!)
We hope to see you join us on our tours of various European cities, here are a few photos of our previous outgoings:
As you can see our tours take us to some amazing places! Keep your eyes on the website and facebook page for more details of how you can get involved next time!