London Music School Tours

The wide number and variety of performance venues available in London make it an ideal destination for music groups of all ages and abilities, plus along with the great range of amazing workshops and West End theatre trips, NST can provide an itinerary to match your school music tour in this excellent value-for-money destination.

Prices start from£259pp

Price Shown includes

  • 3 nights’ B&B accommodation
  • Executive coach transport from & to school & throughout your stay
  • Organisation & publicity of 3 concerts
  • Group travel insurance
  • Generous free place ratio of 1 in 8

Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers departing from selected departure points in February 2021 and is subject to availability.


On-tour support

Get even more from your trip with an NST Music Tour Manager! Call us for details.

On-tour support includes...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices
  • Pre-booked and pre-paid London Underground tickets
  •  A choice of packed lunches for your group throughout your stay 

Accommodation

Popular options in London


Top performance venues

St Paul’s Cathedral

Choirs can perform lunchtime a cappella recitals of 30 minutes at this famous and beautiful cathedral (outside of the summer season), creating a memorable experience at one of London’s most eminent landmarks.

St Alfege Church, Greenwich

Long revered as the burial place of Thomas Tallis, the ‘Father of English church music’, this beautiful and historic church will provide a memorable venue for musicians and music lovers.

St John’s, Smith Square

Situated in the heart of Westminster, St John’s is regarded as one of London’s finest concert venues, and can be hired for quality, classical ensembles. We recommend weekday performances only.

Churches of the City of London

During the week the churches of the City of London offer groups the opportunityto perform lunchtime concerts for office workers and visitors to the city.

The Actor’s Church, St Paul’s, Covent Garden

This popular celebrated church in London’s busy West End hosts a wide variety of performances throughout the year.

Victoria Embankment Gardens

Located alongside the River Thames, these gardens host a series of summer concerts, where groups can perform to large audiences.


Top visits

Wicked

Wicked tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz. The spectacular production and incredible story inspires discussion about propaganda, tolerance, bullying and friendship. 

On show at: The Apollo Victoria Theatre 
Times: Monday - Saturday evenings at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm 
Running time: 2hrs 45mins 
School prices available: Monday - Thursday evenings, Wednesday matinees.

Educational packs available.

Les Misérables

Cameron Mackintosh’s legendary production is indisputably the world’s most popular musical seen by over 70 million people worldwide. This spectacular adaptation of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece continues to thrill audiences night after night. 

On show at: Queen’s Theatre 
Times: Monday - Saturday evenings at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm 
Running time: 2hrs 50mins 
School prices available: Monday - Thursday evenings, Wednesday matinees.

Educational packs available.

Les Misérables Theatre Tour

Step behind-the-scenes of one of the longest running shows in West End history! 

Matilda the Musical

Following a sensational sell-out season at The Courtyard Theatre, the RSC’s production of Matilda the Musical has now opened in London to extraordinary critical acclaim. Roald Dahl’s much-loved story bursts into life on stage. Your group will be delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination. 

On show at: Cambridge Theatre 
Times: Tuesday at 7.00pm, Wednesday - Saturday at 7.30pm. Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm and Sunday at 3.00pm 
Running time: 2hrs 35mins 
School prices available: Tuesday - Thursday evenings and Wednesday matinees.

Educational packs available.

Matilda the Musical School Workshops are available and are designed to introduce your group to the story of Matilda, the key characters and the creative process of bringing it to life on stage. Led by RSC practitioners, these active 90-minute sessions can be tailored to meet the needs of students of all ages. Available Wednesdays at 10.30am. Groups are advised to book early.

Stage School Theatre Workshop – Note by Note

Learn singing techniques and how to act through song with a West End musical director. Share all you have learnt in a performance for a cast member from the show you are seeing. You can suggest a song of your choice or one can be picked for you - it’s up to you!

Stage School Workshops are delivered by qualified teaching artists (so you can get involved too) and can be tailored to your chosen show, as well as your curriculum requirements.

Disney's The Lion King Education Workshops

Everyone from beginners to professionals can experience the thrill of the West End through these hands-on explorations of theatrical performance that are led by expert Disney teaching artists. Options include: 

Spotlight on Acting - ages 9 +

Spotlight on Movement & Music - ages 7 +

Spotlight on Singing - ages 12 +

Spotlight on Dancing - ages 14 +

 

 

London Symphony Orchestra - Audioactive Workshop

A unique and exciting workshop where students use music technology and acoustic instruments to create a group composition, improvisation and performance. Explore the concepts of contemporary composition and sonic art through a hands-on electro-acoustic workshop. Your students will collaborate with the workshop leader and each other to devise a piece of music.

London Symphony Orchestra - Remix the Orchestra: Technology Workshop

Your group will use samples from the LSO’s catalogue to create a new composition. Using GarageBand software, pupils select loops from the LSO’s extensive recordings and combine them with other styles and genres. The workshops can run for an hour and a half, three hours, or for a full day. At the end of the session schools receive two audio CDs of their work, and you may optionally order extra CD’s for the group.

London Symphony Orchestra - Balinese Gamelan Workshop

A gamelan is a set of bronze metallophones and tuned gongs indigenous to Indonesia, where it is played for temple ceremonies and to accompany dance, drama and shadow puppet plays. There are many different types; LSO’s is from Bali. The music is formed largely of repeating patterns that can be quickly learned and played as a group by most participants regardless of age or musical experience.

National Theatre Backstage Tour

Go backstage at Britain’s largest theatre complex to discover the secrets behind bringing productions to the stage. Your group will get exclusive access to unseen parts of the building, including the workshops where sets and props are created, on a tour led by an experienced and enthusiastic guide.

The lastminute.com London Eye

A classroom with a moving view! Standing 135m tall on the South Bank of the River Thames, nothing says iconic like The lastminute.com London Eye.

Since 2000, this world-famous structure has taken over 75million people on a journey into London’s skyline. Be Inspired with our Skyline Workshops. At an additional cost, these enhanced in-pod experiences are delivered by our education hosts and include interactive activities and interesting facts on London's iconic skyline.

Developed in collaboration with education specialists, teachers can book either a KS2/KS3 version.

Highlights of London Blue Badge Guided Tour

See the major sights of the city. An expert Blue Badge Guide will join you on your coach and bring the Capital to life for your group. Sights may include Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Thames River Cruise

Take in London’s best-loved sights on this enjoyable cruise. Your students will gain an insight into the many layers of history that have built up along the river, from the Houses of Parliament and Tower Bridge to the Coca-Cola London Eye.

The Prince of Egypt

Starting 5th February 2020 - journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt as two young men, raised together as brothers in a kingdom of privilege, find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past. One must rule as Pharaoh, the other must rise up and free his true people; both face a destiny that will change history forever.
Based on the acclaimed DreamWorks Animation film, The Prince of Egypt is an exhilarating, powerful and joyous celebration of belief and the human spirit.

On show at: Dominion Theatre
Times: Monday-Saturday 7.30pm.  Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm.
School rates available: Monday-Wednesday 7.30pm, Thursday 2.30pm & 7.30pm.

Frozen the Musical

This brand new West End musical celebrates the extraordinary story of two sisters that melted hearts across the world. 

With ground-breaking sets and special effects, incredible costumes and innovative stagecraft combine to stunning effect in this magical experience that will delight your pupils and sweep you away to the world of Arendelle with all its heart, humour and powerful storytelling.

Your favourite songs from the film combine with a brand new score from Grammy® and Academy-Award®-winning 'Let It Go' songwriting duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The set design, special effects and costumes come together in a breathtaking wonderland experience, the likes of which you've come to expect from the producers of such other Disney stage productions as The Lion King and Aladdin.

On show at: London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane from October 2020
School rate available: From January 2021 

& Juliet

What if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? What if she decided to choose her own fate?
 
Join Juliet on this sensational journey of self-discovery and second chances, told through some of the most glittering pop anthems of the last three decades from legendary songwriter Max Martin, including …Baby One More Time, Since U Been Gone, Roar, Love Me Like You Do and Can’t Feel My Face, all brilliantly arranged by the Tony and Grammy Award-winning orchestrator Bill Sherman.
 
Brought to life by an award-winning creative team in an explosive fusion of styles, this vibrant and vital brand-new West End musical is directed by Luke Sheppard (In the Heights), electrifying choreography from Jennifer Weber and stunning set design from Soutra Gilmour.
 
& Juliet is the hilariously irreverent new musical that proves when it comes to love, there’s always life after Romeo…

On show at: Shaftesbury theatre  
School rate available: Monday - Thursday

Explore Covent Garden

A trip to the capital isn’t complete without a little shopping time! We recommend Covent Garden as a suitable area for groups to explore and watch the street performers.


Evening activites

  • London Eye
  • West End Show

Expert's comment

“To ensure the best possible concert options, choosing a variety of performance venues is always wise, particularly during the summer months. For the best venue availability and audiences, I recommend travelling on weekdays outside summer months.”


Transport

Available from any location in the UK, our executive coaches are fitted with seatbelts, toilet facilities, air conditioning, DVD and reclining seats.

Coach

Rail is a convenient travel option for small groups, ideal for connections to Eurostar, major airports and travel to many city destinations.

Train


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists guides throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

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