About us


The London International Music Festival is owned and operated by Live Travel and Tours, a UK-based receptive tour operator specialising in performing arts tours across Europe.

The London 2012 Olympic Games were a celebration of culture as well as of sport. The Olympic organisers, LOCOG, invited Live Travel and Tours as one of only three companies worldwide to work directly with them to bring performing groups to the Olympic Park and other venues.

This experience proved to be transformational not only for the young groups involved but also for our company. Seeing young people interact, participate and learn in such an environment convinced us that the time was right to continue the legacy of the Olympic Games and to establish a new type of music festival that built on the energy, passion and pride of the summer of 2012.

In this way, the London International Music Festival was born.

ANDRÉ DE QUADROS - Artistic Director

"The London International Music Festival is a unique and musically compelling event bringing together musicians from different parts of the globe. A festival of this kind in London, one of the world's greatest cities, brings great musical sharing and global understanding."

André de Quadros, conductor, ethnomusicologist, music educator, writer, and human rights activist has conducted and undertaken research in over forty countries around the globe.

He is a professor of music at Boston University. A sought after conductor and clinician, he is Music Director and Conductor of the Manado State University Choir (Indonesia) with which he has toured France, Sweden, Sri Lanka, and Poland in 2010 winning a first prize at the Warsaw International Competition, and in summer 2012 took the US by storm at the Yale International Choral Festival, New York City's River to River Festival, and engagements in Boston, Cincinnati, and Los Angeles.

KEITH ALLEN - Advisory Board

Keith Allen studied clarinet and piano at the Royal College of Music in London, and has played clarinet and saxophone in many orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and with the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 1992, he founded the 45 strong Birmingham Symphonic Winds and is still the Music Director. Since then, they have performed around the world including at the Mid-West Clinic in Chicago, the 2007 WASBE conference in Ireland, the Lincoln Center, New York in 2011 and Macau University, China in 2014. In educational terms, he was the Saxophone Tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire and for five years from 1987 he was the Head of the Music Service for Birmingham in the UK. In addition, he has been adjudicator and conductor at many events and festivals internationally. He is Director of the UK's National Concert Band Festival (NCBF), a highly prestigious annual event that showcases the best of the UK's concert bands.


Jean-Baptiste Bertrand has been the Artistic and Pedagogic Director of the Loire’s choir school (Maîtrise de la Loire) since 2011. Previously, he was the conductor and professor of the National Conservatory of St Etienne for 7 years. He participated for twelve years as singer, conductor and then Artistic Director of the International Choir Academy “In Terra Pax” (Poland). Jean-Baptiste has been involved with many international festivals, including the Yale International Choral Festival in the USA and the Bali International Choir Festival, where he was a presenter and juror. Since 2010, he has been the French representative at the "World Choir Council" – (World Choir Games in Shanghai, China and Riga, Latvia).


Tommyanto Kandisaputra is the chairman and founder of the Bandung Choral Society, a member of the World Choir Council and the chairman of Interkultur Indonesia since 2006. He is also a partner of the International Federation for Choral Music. He is the founder, music director and conductor of Studio Cantorum Bandung Choir and Orchestra as well as the conductor of the State University of Manado Student Choir and the Balikpapan City Choir. Moreover, he has a long involvement with international festivals. He was the Artistic Director of the 1st Asian Choir Games in 2007, and also the Artistic Director of the North Sulawesi International Choir Competition 2008. In addition, he organises the annual Bandung International Choir Competition and the Bali International Choir Competition in Denpasar.

SHANNAN CARTER - Executive Director

Shannan Carter assumed the role of LIMF Executive Director in September 2019 after working with the team since June 2017. Shannan has over 20 years' professional experience in music performance events and international performing arts tours, especially in the student and youth travel industry.

Shannan’s experience includes all aspects of touring large marching bands internationally for major events, small and large-scale concerts in some of the most prestigious venues including the Sydney Opera House, establishing an annual Australian regional outdoor concert event “Opera in the Paddock”; as well as being an integral member of the management team (and on-site Festival manager) which created and established the “Chengdu International Music Festival” in Chengdu, PR China in 2007.

Shannan is a recognised leader in the student travel industry having served as President of the Student and Youth Travel Association following two consecutive terms on the Board of Directors. She has served and continues to serve on multiple advisory committees and is regularly invited to contribute as a panellist for a variety of international educational and travel industry events.

As a vocalist of many years, Shannan has first-hand experience with performance and the joy it brings to both performers and audiences alike. She is thrilled to be working with a great team and all the wonderful ensembles travelling to London to share their talents and love of all things music and dance.