In the early 90s they briefly worked in the same office and then went their separate ways but stayed in touch. In 2001 David and Matthew formed a partnership and founded Music and Travel Tour Consultants Ltd.
Most of our business comes to us by word of mouth and is based on a strong relationship with repeat clients. Some of our clients have more than 25 M&T tours under their belt! We work with Directors of Music, Regional Music Services, University Music departments and Managers of Arts organisations, predominantly from Britain, USA, Canada and Australia. Our head office is in Oxfordshire, UK, and we have a network of long-standing associates all over the world who are keeping their ear to the ground for the next exciting musical opportunity. We are all musicians, most are also linguists and we all have a hunger for travel and sharing music-making and culture.
Operating for nearly two decades, we have survived the impact of terrorism in 2001, volcanoes in Iceland and Sicily, and we will survive the current hiatus which Covid-19 has brought us. In a typical year we handle around 25 tours, which can easily represent well over 1000 participants – yet we still operate as a small, family run business with a very personal and bespoke service. And we take very seriously our responsibility of influencing so many young, and not-so-young, minds.
MATTHEW GROCUTT -
He shares a passion for cricket and theatre with David Horsburgh, and it is probably the result of too many lengthy visits to Test matches and the National Theatre together that they ended up co-founding Music & Travel Tour Consultants.
DAVID HORSBURGH -
Elisabeth Cawood -
She has a degree in Music and Italian from Royal Holloway, University of London, where she was also a choral scholar. Elisabeth is a keen amateur violinist and viola player, and plays in a local string quartet and the Henley Symphony Orchestra. She is always trying to escape to Italy and dreams of one day living in the Valpolicella hills.
Mike Norris -
Mike first encountered Music & Travel as the head of a large Performing Arts Department in the US High School system bringing over 200 student performers to Europe every couple of years. On taking early retirement, Mike, his taste for travel and having seen the positive effect of it on young people, wanted to become more involved. We were only too happy to bring Mike on board and he looks after all our ensembles which visit North America.
Alongside his work with M&T, Mike is Adjunct Professor and Coordinator of Student Teaching at Temple University in Philadelphia. His long career in music education means he is extremely well connected in both those fields and is passionate about introducing musical and cultural opportunities and exchanges to students. Mike is not the retiring kind of man and since 2007, in addition to his tour planning and teaching he has been tinkling the ivories in several big bands and jazz ensembles in and around Chester County and as resident pianist at his second home, the Kimberton Inn.
Diane de Souza -
Her interest in personal travel has taken her all over the world – from New Zealand to Croatia, the USA to China and many places in between. When relaxing Diane loves nothing more than developing her talent as an artist and singing with her local choir, something she hopes she will be able to resume very soon.
They generally fit in touring around other diverse freelance activities such as acting, teaching, composing, performing, translating, writing & yoga coaching.
Their role is to ensure the smooth running of the tour and oversee every logistical aspect, from hotel check-ins, restaurant liaisons, driver communications, locating light switches and loos, to introducing conductors to Bishops and Mayors and sometimes even spontaneous translation of the intricacies of Renaissance madrigals in concerts! By the end of the tour the TM will usually be your new best friend.
We are indebted to the energy of Valeria, Ian, Claire, Jess, Clare, Andreja, Ruth, Wendy, Richard, Sara, Mike, Lissie, Esther, Ruta, Alec, Nacho, Tessi, Catriona and Marta in leading so many tours.
Gianluigi in Mantova, John in Prague, Marta in Budapest, Ruta in Vilnius, Davide and Fiorella in Garda, Michele in Montecatini, Harpa in Reykjavik, Herbert in Vienna, Yae-Joon in Daegu, Andrea in Buenos Aires, Alain in Paris, Kerstin in Remagen, Emilio in Verona, Jacek in Krakow, Vicente in Madrid, Gilbert in Brussels, Tiago and Rui in Lisbon, Andreja in Maribor, Roberta in Pisa, Johanna in New York, Mike in Philadelphia, Lucy in Vancouver, Andy in Sydney, Zhang Lei in Shanghai to name but a few….
These inspiring people act as the bridge into local communities. They have the ability and connections to sniff out the most rewarding and memorable opportunities.