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Specialised Travel The Performing Arts Travel Company

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About Us


Specialised Travel is the world’s leading provider of tour and travel services to the Performing Arts world. Our specialist departments serve professionals and amateur musicians, organise complete concert tours for ensembles world-wide, holidays for singers, and tours for classical music, opera and ballet lovers.

2018 in numbers


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Concerts organised by ACFEA
Ensembles using STL's service
TFA opera tours

Our Services


We have dedicated, highly experienced divisions, each focussed on delivering the specific needs of touring performers and of music lovers.

Production Touring
Planning, cost analysis and detailed logistics for groups of all sizes
Corporate & Individual Travel
Full service for individual travellers - and instruments!
Worldwide Concert Tours
Complete concert tours for amateur choirs, bands and orchestras
Opera, Ballet & Classical Music Holidays
Small group escorted holidays for lovers of music, opera and ballet

Our Partners


We support a number of partner organisations with their travel operations. Current partners are:

Travel Partner for John Whibley Holidays
Carefully chosen music holidays run by a family firm
Travel Partner for Concerts from Scratch
Singing holidays for lovers of choral music
Travel Partner for Carpenter Holidays
Holidays for music lovers planned and led by an expert

Testimonials


Thank you all so very much for all of your help with making the MSO’s European Tour the success it was. The MSO couldn’t have wanted for a bigger triumph across the five concerts and the arrangements that you put in place worked wonderfully, quite aside from the wonderful care and attention that you showed us on the road. For an orchestra that tours internationally comparatively rarely, it was great to be working with the best!

HH - Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Be it for an extensive tour of Asia or America or a single concert in Europe, having received an excellent level of service for many years, the RPO is hugely indebted to Kristina Aljinovic and all the team at Specialised Travel … when it comes to transporting the orchestra and its instruments around the world, their inside knowledge, dedication, reliability and expertise is invaluable and we look forward to Specialised Travel organising our travel requirements for many years to come.

LF - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

We can't imagine how we ran our hectic schedule without Specialised Travel. Always efficient, helpful, patient, and understanding the particular problems which occur. This service is one of the most important features of a musicians life, contributing greatly to our health and happiness.

Lady Molly Marriner

Excellent, can't speak highly enough of the individual, personal service provided. There is no other company I would ever travel with! Looking forward to the next one!

SP - The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School Choir

Propeller Theatre Company has benefitted from Specialised Travel's superb care and efficiency for the last eight years as the company travel all over the world each year. Each trip comes with its own special requests and these are always met with great grace. We happily recommend Specialised Travel to other companies and are delighted to do so.

CM - Propeller Theatre Company

We have been working with Specialised for many years now and they always deliver a consistently friendly and helpful service – often going beyond the call of duty to help with last minute requests and always ensuring our travel runs smoothly for our overseas tours.

LS - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

I have been using Specialised Travel to arrange group scheduled flights and charters for orchestral touring for over 10 years. The team’s expertise, knowledge and professional service is outstanding. Nothing is too much trouble for which is especially important when a problem arises. I know that I can always rely on Specialised Travel to arrange group travel expertly.

LB - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

I thought choir tours were just hard work from start to finish but I was proved wrong. I enjoyed this trip and we enjoyed the music. ACFEA clearly understands musicians and your excellent links with communities abroad means that our performances were extremely well received. We had over 400 people at our first concert and a standing ovation! Thanks for putting it all together!

DM - King's School, Rochester

The Tours department of Intermusica have enjoyed a wonderful working relationship with Specialised Travel for many years. We very much enjoy working with the group department at Specialised, and find their services extremely professional, reliable and provide a high level of service for our clients. The team are extremely prompt at replying to enquiries, and ensure to make suitable arrangements no matter what type of group (orchestras, choirs etc) taking into account all special requirements. We value our relationship with Specialised Travel and plan to continue working with them into the future.

KC - Intermusica

I've worked with Specialised Travel for almost 25 years on many orchestral tours all over the world. She. Kristina effortlessly combines charm and elegance with a no-nonsense and hands-on approach and is someone you would like to have with you in a crisis; she and I were in New York together on 9/11 for a major project for the Lincoln Center. We had an orchestra, choir and artists flying in from all over the world that day, but we ended up dismantling the entire project in very challenging circumstances. We were stuck in NY for a week, but Kristina got us back to London (business class!) on only the third BA flight out of NY... I am grateful to Richard, Kristina and all their colleagues at Specialised Travel for their care and contribution to the work we do.

TW - Harrison Parrott

Specialised Travel deliver a dependable and professional service, with a distinct understanding for the unique demands of travel within the arts.

JC - London Philharmonic Orchestra

Meet the Team


Directors

Richard Savage
Chairman & C.E.O.
Kristina Aljinovic
Managing Director
Nick Barrand
Finance Director
Helen David
Director
Poppy Savage
Director
Nick Abbott
Director

ACFEA

Becky Shaftoe
Senior Tour Manager
Anna Winstone
Senior Tour Manager
Elizabeth Assmann
Senior Tour Manager
Catherine Clambaneva
Senior Tour Manager
Dan Porterfield
Planning & Tour Manager
Julia Vivian
Tour Manager
Paloma Alvar
Concerts & Tour Manager
Alix Pochribniak
Tour Manager

Admin & Accounts

Natasha Burke-Manganaro
Office Manager
Krunalini Majmundar
Finance Manager
Andy Lingam
Cash Controller
Maria Walles
Purchase Ledger
Josh Patel
Company Driver

Corporate & Individual Travel

John Gordon Jones
Manager
Steve Coombs
Manager
Maria Kay
Senior Travel Consultant
Peter Beaven
Travel Consultant

Production Touring

Ghita Gommari
Manager
Juliet Manners
Project Manager
Sunita Verma
Senior Travel Consultant
Hannah Lester
Senior Travel Consultant

Travel for the Arts & Tour Operations

Joel Rubenstein
Head of Tour Operations
Pablo Basombrio
Reservations Manager
Vanessa Kyriacou
Product Manager
Mark Saunsbury
Manager, a la carte
Gisela Pereira
Marketing Manager