Testimonials | Hayllar School Tours

Testimonials for Hayllar School Tours


Testimonials | Hayllar School Tours

Testimonials for Hayllar School Tours


We believe the best way of cementing our reputation as the top music tour operator in Australia is by offering our clients the very best music tours around, and then letting their words speak on our behalf. Here are a few testimonials from some of our recent clients:

“Hayllar Music Tours have provided an unequivocally excellent experience for the young musicians from St Scholastica’s College, Glebe. Being the first tour we’ve organised through Hayllar, we have been surprised and delighted at every turn by the unmatched levels of professionalism, organisation, and willingness to be flexible. Each and every student who was lucky enough to embark on the tour has had a musically rich experience, and the balance of history, shopping, performance, social time and free time has been spot on. I will be forever grateful to Liz for providing us with her incredible expertise & knowledge, thoughtfully providing us with all possible details and being available whenever a question arose. Our wonderful, organised, flexible and caring tour manager, Emma, made our trip run incredibly smoothly. Travelling with her was without any drama and her ability to liaise with all institutions, venues and restaurants made our time away seamless. We cannot say thank you enough! Any school or institution would be beyond privileged to experience a Hayllar Music Tour!”
Sandi Oh - St Scholastica's College, European Tour 2019

"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, European Tour 2017

"Congratulations and thank you for a superb Music Tour of the UK. Your planning, organisation and leadership of the tour were outstanding. Your ability to master complexity, cope with late adjustments and assist individuals, all with grace and good cheer, were impressive. Your assistant, Vennisa, did a fine job. I look forward to further tours with you."
Dr John Collier - Head, St Andrew's Cathedral School, UK Tour 2018

"Recently I had the pleasure of being a conductor on the European Tour for the Sydney Youth Orchestras organised and facilitated by the wonderful Liz from Hayllar School Tours. To say the tour was exceptional would be a gross understatement, the musical and cultural activities that were organised for the touring party including workshops with the Berlin Philharmonic (on the main stage of the Philharmonie), Vienna Philharmonic (in the Musikverein), Czech Philharmonic (on the main stage of the Rudolfinum), Budapest Festival Orchestra and Rudfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin were in many cases life changing. Two further personal highlights for me were performing the Haydn Trumpet Concerto in Haydn Hall at Esterhazy Palace with soloist Owen Morris and conducting the combined forces of the Sydney Youth Orchestras and Junges Ensemble Berlin Sinfonieorchester in movements from Pictures at and Exhibition. 

Liz's understanding of the needs, wants and realities of touring with young musicians was outstanding and the pre-tour planning, presentations and risk management were expertly handled. I cannot wait to go on another Hayllar tour!"
James Pensini - Orchestral Training Manager and Senior Conductor, Sydney Youth Orchestras, European Tour 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 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 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 Tour 2016


"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