About Us | Hayllar School Tours

About Hayllar School Tours


About Us | Hayllar School Tours

About Hayllar School Tours


Hayllar School Tours is an Australian-owned travel company dedicated to arranging outstanding music and cultural tours around the world for orchestras, bands, choirs and schools.

With many years of experience and a wealth of contacts in the classical music industry throughout Europe, Asia and the US, we put together detailed and expertly-planned itineraries full of the finest cultural experiences and unforgettable performance and learning opportunities.

We work with major arts institutions around the world, including the very best orchestras, conductors, musicians and venues to arrange workshops, performances and sightseeing activities for your students to enrich their musical education.

If you are thinking of a tour for your music group, get in touch with Hayllar School Tours today to start planning your trip.



Hayllar School Tours has worked with many of the world’s finest orchestras, ensembles and musicians, and can incorporate performance or workshop opportunities with musicians from these groups into your tour.

Workshops with musicians and singers from the following ensembles have been featured in our recent tours:

  • Academy of Ancient Music
  • Berliner Philharmoniker
  • Budapest Festival Orchestra
  • Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
  • Choir of Westminster Abbey
  • Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
  • Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
  • Hallé Orchestra
  • The King’s Singers
  • Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
  • Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
  • Scottish Chamber Orchestra
  • Vienna Boys’ Choir
  • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra


Hayllar School Tours has a team of dedicated tour consultants who will work with you on your tour from start to finish. From discussing your group’s educational and performance requirements, accommodation and travel options, possible destinations and tour length, to helping you decide on concert programs, suggesting the best restaurants and organising interesting and fun days out, we will be with you every step of the way to organise a tour with every detail taken into consideration.

Our experienced tour managers will then travel with your group, working with expert local guides, concert promoters and coach companies to ensure every part of your tour runs perfectly.


We undertake risk assessments for all components of your tour so that you can be safe in the knowledge that every eventuality has been considered. We will assist you with travel insurance and can arrange a comprehensive travel insurance policy for you and your group. Throughout the tour you can rest assured that you will have 24-hour access and support from Hayllar School Tours.


We visit every hotel, restaurant and site included in your itinerary ahead of your tour, so you can be sure that everything in your itinerary has had the Hayllar School Tours seal of approval.

Plus, we work closely with a range of hotels, restaurants and coach companies throughout Europe, Asia and the US to bring you the highest quality service but with the very best rates.


Your dedicated tour manager will travel to your school or institution prior to the tour to discuss all aspects of the itinerary with parents, teachers and students, giving everyone the opportunity to ask any questions they may have ahead of departure, ensuring everyone gets the most out of the tour but with complete peace of mind.


Hayllar School Tours has many years of experience organising tours for music organisations in Australia and around the world. Our testimonials on the following page speak for themselves, but some of our recent clients include:

  • Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
  • Gondwana Voices
  • Queensland Symphony Orchestra
  • Queensland Youth Orchestra
  • St Andrew’s Cathedral School, Sydney
  • St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Sydney
  • Sydney Youth Orchestras


Hayllar School Tours is dedicated to music. We believe music tours are an excellent way of inspiring singers and instrumentalists by bringing learning to life and taking music to exciting destinations around the world. Music tours are a brilliant way to motivate your orchestra, band, choir or school music group, they encourage good attendance at rehearsals and improve confidence and performance skills.


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.


Vennisa Santoro is your first port of call for all enquiries at Hayllar School 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 School 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 is currently studying a Graduate Diploma of Arts and Cultural Management at Deakin University where she is currently receiving the Sue Nattrass/Myer Foundation Scholarship. 

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 School 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 School Tours, which extends to brochure and promotional content design for your group to help promote your performances and to ensure that you are reaching the audiences you deserve to when performing in venues around the world. He also has a background in classical music, having studied the piano, violin and composition at university so he knows the tours and featured orchestras and artists well. He occasionally tour manages for some tours so you may well encounter him on your next trip.