Australian-based Hayllar Music Tours is dedicated to providing the very best music and cultural tours.
One of the special aspects of our tours is that Elizabeth Hayllar’s experience, personal contacts and inside knowledge of the classical music industry allows unique additions to the programme of concerts including private recitals with artists, talks with those artists and with other experts in the industry – special events that are usually off limits to those outside the industry.
The tours include introductory talks about the music to be heard on the tour to enrich your listening pleasure.
The maximum number of people on a tour is 20. This was decided in the belief that a smaller group contributes to making the whole experience more relaxed, more personal and more enjoyable.
From the start to the finish of your Hayllar Music Tour you will have one dedicated consultant, eliminating potential confusion and cross communication and consequently adding to your positive experience of the tour.
Hotels used on Hayllar Music Tours have each been personally visited and assessed by a Hayllar Music Tours staff member. They have been carefully selected not just for their comfort but for their charm and atmosphere. The convenience and, with many, the natural beauty of their location, are key factors.
A crucial element in the appreciation and enjoyment of any tour is the food and, in addition to ensuring that you have a delicious breakfast at your hotel every morning, Hayllar Music Tours takes you to personally selected restaurants which feature excellent quality local cuisine and local beverages which contribute to your knowledge and appreciation of each particular geographical area.
While the focus of the tour is the evening music performances, the days are carefully planned to incorporate a variety of interest in the visits we make.
Elizabeth Hayllar has enjoyed an international career working and touring with the world’s greatest orchestras and artists, collaborating with renowned opera houses and festivals. Drawing on her vast experience she crafts expertly planned tours which provide guests with unique and unforgettable experiences of classical music as well as rich encounters with history, art, architecture and culture.
During her time as a core member of the Touring Department at London-based international classical music agency Intermusica Artists’ Management, Elizabeth managed high-profile orchestral and choral tours around the world. This work relied upon close collaborative working relationships with the world’s most respected and renowned orchestras, choirs, festivals and classical music venues including, in the UK - the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Edinburgh International Festival, London’s Barbican and Southbank Centre; in Asia - Hong Kong Arts Festival, Beijing Music Festival, National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, Shanghai Grand Theatre and Singapore Esplanade; and in continental Europe - the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Berlin Festival, Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Théatre des Champs-Élysées, Budapest Palace of Arts and the Vienna Konzerthaus.
Elizabeth has also maintained a long relationship with Musica Viva Australia, the world’s largest chamber music promoter, serving for many years as Operations Manager. Liaising with major concert halls throughout Australia, managing all arrangements and logistics of touring international and local artists, she ensured every aspect of each tour ran perfectly.
Elizabeth’s in-depth knowledge of Europe, the European classical music industry and her expertise in operations combine to produce tours filled with the finest music performances, unique access to the classical music world and the most efficient, stress free organisation available.
Arnold Klugkist looks after the organisation and logistics of our tours, and also travels on many of our tours as Tour Manager.
After having worked as a Tour Leader in Italy and South America for some years, Arnold moved to Australia in 2007 where he first worked for Opera Australia, then joined Musica Viva Australia where he was responsible for touring the international ensembles. He then spent a few years in London, where he worked for the artist and touring agency HarrisonParrott, touring many international artists and renowned symphony orchestras throughout Europe and Asia.
His European heritage - he grew up in the Netherlands - gives him a strong connection to and knowledge of the places we visit on our tours, and his excellent language skills certainly come in handy when travelling.
Arnold is passionate about all types of classical music but he has a particular love for opera and has visited many fine opera houses around the world, combining his love for the art form with that of travel.
When he is not working or travelling, he enjoys playing the trumpet, cooking Italian meals, listening to music, snorkelling in one Sydney’s many coves or discovering a new hiking trail in one of National Parks surrounding Sydney.
Vennisa Santoro is your first port of call for all enquiries at Hayllar Music Tours. She will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our tours, and she can also help you book your place, and offer advice and assistance with all other travel plans such as flight bookings, additional nights at hotels, excursions and insurance.
Before joining Hayllar Music Tours, Vennisa was selected for the 2015 Arts Administration (since renamed Orchestra Management) program with the Australian Youth Orchestra and was awarded the Musica Viva Regina Ridge Fellowship. Soon after her fellowship, Vennisa joined Musica Viva Australia full-time and has gained valuable experience within the Education, Operations and Development departments.
Vennisa holds a degree in Music from the University of New South Wales and a Graduate Diploma of Arts and Cultural Management at Deakin University.
In her spare time, Vennisa enjoys exploring new cities & cultures and immersing herself in nature through hikes & scuba diving.
Mary Gabrielle McNamara assists Elizabeth Hayllar with researching and compiling the many wonderful music tours on offer. She has a love of opera, music, historic places of interest and art, and as such these all feature heavily on our tours. Mary Gabrielle is also responsible for writing the written content for Hayllar Music Tours, so the wonderful descriptions of our tours and the experiences to be had on them are all thanks to her.
Steve Polydorou looks after the marketing at Hayllar Music Tours, which extends to brochure and promotional design, website building and all other marketing. He also has a background in classical music, having studied the piano, violin and composition at university in the UK and he continues to compose and record his music regularly. Before moving to Australia he worked as a film-maker for many of the top UK arts organisations, filming concerts and operas for promotion, broadcast and DVD for groups including the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Gasington Opera, Opera Holland Park, BBC Proms, BBC Radio 3 and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. As such, he knows the orchestras and many of the featured artists on our tours well and has worked in many of Europe’s top concert halls. He also regularly appears as Tour Manager for some of our tours so you may well encounter him on your next trip.