ANNOUNCING A NEW FIJI TOUR
How does this sound? Your choir goes to a tropical island in the South Pacific Ocean and you stay at a beachfront boutique resort.
Similar to previous trips, you will get the opportunity to visit remote villages in the highlands, experience how people live, visit different choirs in villages including a wonderful male chorus, experience a Fijian lovo (underground oven) and have the opportunity to learn Fijian songs from highly respected choir leaders, composers and arrangers.
You will delight in your experience of the Fijian people, who really know how to sing straight from the heart.
Does this sound like something you and your choir may be interested in?
By way of introduction, my name is Andrew Davis and I have a desire to take as many people who love singing to Fiji. My family has had a long association with Fiji and the Fijian people. I was born in Fiji and lived my first twelve years there. My parents arrived in Fiji in 1953 and were Methodist missionaries there for twenty years. They both spoke fluent Fijian and my father was able to speak in all the different dialects. He went on to be the President of the Methodist Church for the last three years we lived there. He is long gone now but even today he is still highly respected and loved. I give you this family history because it gives me an opportunity to share a true Fijian experience unlike other tours.
I love Fiji and am looking forward to showing people a little bit of Fiji, the way of life there, and to sing with the Fijians.
Because I was born into such a vibrant environment, singing continued to be part of my life even after leaving Fiji. In my hometown of Sawtell I am delighted to have the opportunity to fuse this experience, skill and deep connection with Gospel and Island style into my most recent passion project ‘Sawtello Gospel Choir‘.
“Andrew and I met each other 10 years ago at my first Singing in Fiji course and I felt so blessed to have him there. Working with Indigenous cultures, I understand the importance of having the right people, and Andrew is absolutely the right person to have there in Fiji. Over the years, he became my right-hand man on all my trips to Fiji. Andrew grew up in Fiji, as his father was a very well loved minister in the church. There is still a high level of respect and emotion for the family from Fijian people in the villages that we visited ”.
– Rachel Hore
“Andrew - you really seemed to 'get' the kind of travel/cultural experience we were after as a group. Your local knowledge and the obvious care you took in the research and preparation leading up to our trip really
showed through and was a big part of why we had such a great time.
For many of us it was a trip of a lifetime and a memory that will linger for many years.
Sitting on the ground in the village 'hall' - though that's too grand a word - listening to the men's choir up-close-and-personal was a particular highlight for me, let alone getting to sing for, and with them!”Tina Broad MUD Singers Leader (Milton Ulludulla District)
“It was very special having access to the villages the way we did with you. I suppose that’s not the sort of thing tourists can usually do and it really felt as if we were welcome guests which was a great thrill.”Sandy Aurell
“It was truly one of the best experiences I have ever had and I am 70 and have had a pretty exciting life.”Desalie Bond