Join us for Prelude 2024, taking place in the captivating city of London, England! From January 11th to 15th, immerse yourself in the rich heritage of this historic city, renowned for its vibrant music scene, iconic landmarks, and diverse culinary delights.

London, a city that has inspired legendary composers such as Handel, Elgar, and Britten, will serve as the backdrop for this extraordinary event. Our meticulously crafted itinerary promises a symphony of unforgettable moments, with surprises that will leave you breathless. From exclusive behind-the-scenes access to exquisite culinary delights to a breathtaking performance in a world-venue, each day of Prelude 2024 will be filled with extraordinary experiences.

There are pre and post-trip options for extending your Prelude experience, so please speak with your Program Consultant to learn more. Make your calendar and save the dates, as we prepare for a musical adventure unlike any other. Check back soon for even more exciting details!

Prelude – a beautiful introduction to the main event.

Prelude is Encore Tours' professional development weekend for ensemble directors, which takes place each year in a spectacular international destination. Now in its ninth year, Prelude is a unique event that 100% of over 200+ attending directors have rated as 'excellent' and beyond. The weekend is centered around exploration of personal and professional development, offering unlimited opportunities for networking, cultural experiences, and artistic development. Ensemble leaders will experience the local culture and arts through various sightseeing excursions, culinary delights, and professional performances.


This one-of-a-kind event will take place from January 11-15, 2024.
Join the Encore team and fellow music directors for this unforgettable musical experience!


This past January, a group of music directors and their guests joined the Encore staff for Prelude 2023 in Budapest, Hungary for a wonderful weekend filled with learning opportunities, delicious gastronomical delights, engaging cultural experiences, incredible musical highlights, and many other fun surprises!

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How to Qualify

Register By: July 15, 2023 October 15, 2023
Number of paying passengers: 20 25

How to Register

To register for Prelude, please print and complete the forms below for both you and your companion. When you have finished, please scan and email these forms back to your Program Consultant. We'll take it from there!

  • Prelude Registration Form
  • Prelude Companion Registration Form

  • Note: All registration forms must be submitted no later than September 1, 2023.

    Prelude is designed by musicians for musicians, and we know you will love it! A maximum of two spots per organization is allowed on our Prelude event. Encore Tours will inform you of any additional costs. Prelude is complementary to ensemble leaders (and one guest) who meet the minimum number of international passengers traveling with Encore Tours needed to qualify.

    Gateway Cities

    The following list of gateway cities can be booked for no additional fees. Note: Encore cannot guarantee requests for specific airports where multiple options exist, such as New York City's JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark Airports.

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