Testimonials | Hayllar Music Tours

Testimonials for Hayllar Music Tours


Testimonials | Hayllar Music Tours

Testimonials for Hayllar Music Tours

group tour testimonials

“After studying the itinerary and finding it to my liking, it was with great enthusiasm that I made the decision to join the tour group. After experiencing the tour I say with astonishment that it actually exceeded my own very high expectations. The whole tour was beautifully organised and moved like clockwork. Everything was first class. The seats at all performances were seemingly among the best offered, the prearranged food offerings included in the group lunches and dinners were all delicious and my fellow travellers were an interesting group of culture-loving individuals. Who could ask for anything more? But there was more. Informative and entertaining tour guides, ideally located hotels, sparkling clean coaches providing transport between destinations and just enough built in free time for pursuing personal interests. Honestly I could turn around and do it all over again. The tour was perfection!”
Jane, Opera in the English Countryside 2019

"Great tours, excellent, knowledgeable tour leaders and faultlessly planned. I recently went to the Huntington Music Festival with Hayllar Music Tours. Liz is a wonderful tour leader and we had such a great tour with her."
Helen, Huntington Estate Music Festival 2018

"We had a wonderful time on this tour. The Wexford Festival is a dream. If you love opera, then you must go. And the focus on Irish history was beautifully planned and executed. Our Irish historian John Ducie was brilliant. You could not do better than to join this tour if you have an interest in both Ireland and Opera. Or even if you have an interest in only one of the above! Just do it."
Irene and John, Music, Theatre & History in Ireland 2018

"I absolutely loved it! All of it! Serious music, helpful background given by our Tour Leader, art, a historic home, fabulous food, a wonderful hotel, enough free time to rest or embark on individual interests, exploration of the Opera Centre - fantastic! The other guests were also interested in these things, so it was easy to enjoy each other's company, making it a very comfortable friendly group to be in."
Anne, Opera & Art in Sydney 2018

"I loved the itinerary. The performances were fabulous and the special restaurants were lovely. Everything was arranged perfectly. Nothing was too much trouble for our Tour Manager Steve. Well done and thank you. I loved my tour!"
Fiona, Wagner's Ring Cycle in San Francisco 2018

"Elizabeth is an outstanding Tour Leader. Her knowledge and generous sharing of her wide and deep musical knowledge is a delightful bonus. Her careful attention to detail ensures absolutely everything runs smoothly and guests simply relax into pampered enjoyment for the length of the tour. She goes above and beyond customer service with her delightful assistance in finding places and restaurants guests may want to add to their experience. Her total care of guests is unparalleled in my experience. Elizabeth's special contacts offered us exclusive experiences, such as dinner at Kings College, Cambridge and a private recital at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building in St Hilda's College, Oxford. These are small carefully curated and warmly managed tours of the highest quality experiences."
Mary, Opera & Theatre in London & the English Countryside 2018

"A truly wonderful experience - the fabulous operas and venues, the great accommodation, superb dining and sightseeing, informative talks, not to forget the good company, plus the 10/10 organisation; welcoming and inclusive for all. I could participate again!!!"
Jude, Opera & Art in Milan, Venice, Verona, Lucca & Torre del Lago 2017

"It was a privilege to be a participant of ‘Opera & Theatre in London and the English Countryside’ during June this year. Hayllar Music Tours provide a first class experience with their choice of performances, venues, accommodation plus meals and transport. Liz couldn't be more helpful or organised and made each of us feel very welcome and gave us a most memorable experience. I will be looking forward to joining another Hayllar tour! Highly recommend!"
Margaret, Opera & Theatre in London & the English Countryside 2017

"I had high expectations of Hayllar Music Tours...they were met. From first contact with the office and culminating with the thoughtful and thorough planning and the execution of all associated elements…they were of a high standard and must be acknowledged. Structure of each day, inclusions and camaraderie were hallmarks....quality and style (including catering and premier seating) ranked highly with this tour. One could not ask for more. Thank you."
Robert, The Ring Cycle in Melbourne 2016  

"My father and I could not have hoped for a better trip! Hayllar Music Tours offered my father and I a chance to experience opera and symphonic music in amazing venues, with highly talented musicians and maestros. Hayllar Music Tours takes the work out of travel, offering intellectually stimulating activities by day and sublime musical experiences by night. Hayllar Music Tours stayed true to the planned itinerary and exceeded our expectations in every way!"
Nadeen and Gerhard, Opera & Music Festivals in Salzburg, Munich, Bregenz & Verona 2016

"I recently returned from the tour Opera & Music Festivals in Salzburg, Munich, Bregenz & Verona, led by the charming and totally competent, Liz Hayllar. It exceeded all my expectations. The hotels were marvellous, the carefully selected restaurants were a highlight, the guides were all excellent, as of course, was the superb music. I am now arranging to go on a Hayllar Music Tour to the Adelaide Festival in March."
Irene, Opera & Music Festivals in Salzburg, Munich, Bregenz & Verona 2016

"Simply a superlative experience. There is a quality to the top English country opera festivals that is unique. Coupled with great seats, special experiences at King’s College, excellent food and a personal touch delivered with skill and generosity by tour director Liz Hayllar, this tour must rank as one of the best."
Irene and John, Opera & Theatre in London & the English Countryside 2016

"A wonderful tour! I loved the itinerary. It offered a variety of experiences such as access to rehearsals and private recitals that otherwise would not have been possible, in addition to interesting and varied music and theatre performances. Liz was fantastic. Excellent planning, skilled communicator, genuinely interested in our stories. Thank you Liz for making it such a great experience."
Jennifer, Opera & Theatre in London & the English Countryside 2016

"Thank you again, most profusely, for a wonderful tour. I have loved every moment of it. I will definitely do a future tour or tours with you and will highly recommend you to my friends."
Margaret, England’s Summer Music Festivals 2015

"Thank you so much for the wonderful tour and the personal touch. We’re looking forward to touring with you again."
Katrina, Opera, Music & Art in Verona & Venice 2015

"5 plus stars to Hayllar Music Tours for an unforgettable week in Northern Italy. A well planned but flexible schedule with just the right mix of shared and personal time, great company, wonderful music and fine dining chosen with care. I would highly recommend any tour guided by Elizabeth."
Raye, Opera, Music & Art in Verona & Venice 2015

orchestra & school tour testimonials

"In my many years of working broadly across the classical music industry in Australia, including as the Head of Classical Music at the Sydney Opera House and the Head of External Relations at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, I have never experienced such a level of professionalism, competence and intuition as when I recently had the pleasure of working with Hayllar Music Tours to deliver the Sydney Youth Orchestras’ 2017 European Tour. This was a monumental undertaking by any stretch of the imagination, and with the dedication of Elizabeth and her tireless team, we were able to set the highest standard possible for an international orchestral training and education opportunity for 84 of the best young musicians from Sydney. Upon receiving many more expressions of interest than we could cater for, I realised that Hayllar Music Tours had created a program of such interest and value that we would reap the benefits for years to come. 

During the course of the European visit, all aspects of logistics, risk management, and insightful music-specific pre-planning had been taken into consideration. Even unforeseen issues were no trouble at all in the safe hands of this company. I could not recommend Hayllar Music Tours, or indeed the satisfaction of travelling and working with Hayllar Music Tours, more highly."
Yarmila Alfonzetti - Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Youth Orchestras, April 2017

"As a parent travelling alongside the Sydney Youth Orchestra on the recent tour to Europe, I was in awe of the quality and abundance of exceptional musical experiences organised by Hayllar Music Tours. It was evident that Liz and her team have exceptional connections and intimate knowledge of the rich musical heritage of Europe. The students revelled in the workshops provided by outstanding music educators who generously shared their expertise with the young musicians who held on to their every word. The music performances given by SYO were performed to packed appreciative audiences in magnificent venues. The concerts attended, an opera, a ballet and a chamber music concert were of the highest order. The tour provided a perfect blend of significant music experiences, together with thoughtful sightseeing, meticulously planned and delivered. The cost of the tour was very reasonable for all we received and was indeed all expenses paid, with no need to pay anything other than personal spending money.  I highly recommend Hayllar Music Tours and will certainly seek a quote from them for my next overseas student tour."
Susan, Sydney Youth Orchestras Family & Friends European Tour, April 2017

"Hayllar Music Tours recently organised a music tour for our school. We travelled to Germany, Austria and France covering six cities. The tour was extremely well organised and Hayllar Music Tours provided excellent advice and showed an attention to detail that was greatly appreciated. The tour ran smoothly, always to time and with fabulous accommodation, food experiences and sight-seeing. Our tours are busy with performance opportunities and Hayllar Music Tours organised workshops and masterclasses with some of the greatest orchestras and choirs of Europe. We also experienced some wonderful school exchanges which were of great cultural and musical significance to our students. Concerts that were presented were always with large, enthusiastic audiences - some as big as 900 people. I was very happy to use Hayllar Music Tours."
Ralph Wilcock, Head of Music, St Andrew's Cathedral School, European Tour, April 2016

"I wanted to commend you one last time for your fantastic job organising and leading the tour. What a comfort it was to know at all times that you were 100% on top of all details regarding the complex logistics involved. The tour was a huge success and the kids will never forget it. I hope you will organise many more tours for SACS. If I get any chance to recommend you to others I will certainly do so. Thanks for such a terrific trip!"
Anne Southan, Parent, St Andrew's Cathedral School, European Music Tour, April 2016

industry testimonials

"I had the immense pleasure of working with Liz Hayllar on my "Drama Queens" tours throughout Europe and in the USA. Liz successfully arranged concerts for me in New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Amsterdam, Prague, Budapest and in many more cities! The organisation of all tours was not only executed perfectly with everything running smoothly, but she brought a wonderful sense of joy and enthusiasm to the experience which could never be quantified. It was a delight to work with her and I wish her every wonderful thing for Hayllar Music Tours."
Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano

"For me and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra it was a big pleasure to have worked with Liz Hayllar as the Manager for Tours & Projects of Intermusica Artists’ Management Ltd. in London over several years. During this time she perfectly organised all different aspects of our tours in Europe, in Asia, in New Zealand and in Australia. Working with Liz Hayllar on both professional and personal levels was a delight."
Hans-Georg Kaiser, Artistic Director and Manager, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

"Elizabeth Hayllar and I worked closely together for 4 years whilst I was Chief Executive of the Academy of Ancient Music. Together we successfully managed orchestral tours to Australia twice as well as mainland China and South East Asia. Liz is a meticulous organiser with a wonderfully reassuring attention to detail, who’s calm and immaculately professional character ensured the smooth delivery of the tours and enabled us to overcome any unforeseen difficulty that arose whilst travelling with a large group of people. As a result it was always a pleasure working with her."
Michael Garvey, Chief Executive, Academy of Ancient Music

"I have had the privilege to work with Elizabeth Hayllar on several high-profile orchestra tours to places such as the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh Festival and the capitals of mainland Europe. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Liz in every respect: she is extremely well structured and organised, creative, un-phased by the more demanding challenges and always communicates in a warm, courteous and professional manner with the right portion of humour and wit. Collaborating with and being looked after by Liz was amongst the highlights of the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin’s touring experiences!"
Alexander Steinbeis, Managing Director, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin