Belgium for some means world-class chocolate, beer, mussels and fries. For others, it means first-rate museums filled with the work of the Flemish masters like Rubens, Bruegel and van Eyck. And still for others, it evokes thoughts of cosmopolitanism: multilingual, multicultural and even multilateral (considering the EU and NATO headquarters there).  No matter what one’s first thoughts about Belgium, its culture as rich as its cuisine lends itself to being an excellent choice for a concert tour.

Classical Movements has arranged concert tours to Belgium since 1996.  Groups have included the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Vocal Essence, the Children’s Chorus of Sussex County and many others. 

🇧🇪 Sights & Sounds 🇧🇪

  • Brussels
  • Belgian National Orchestra
  • L’Eglise de Minimes
  • Bruges
  • Antwerp
  • Royal Music Conservatory
  • Fête de la Musique
  • La Monnaie Opera House
  • Ruben’s House Museum
  • Ghent
  • River Leie
  • Gravensteen Castle

Testimonials

Let me thank you for the work Blue Heart’s staff [now Classical Movements] did on our spring tour to Europe…Keeping everyone happy in an orchestra is not an easy task. Everyone appreciated the fact that when we arrived in every hotel, it was ready. If there was a problem with any part of hotel or transportation arrangements, a Classical Movements staff member was always in advance of the orchestra solving them.

-The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

We’ve worked with Classical Movements since 2000. Since that time we have developed a very successful partnership. They are responsive, creative, attentive and reliable. We couldn’t ask for more from a travel agent.

-The Philadelphia Orchestra

It was an amazing 2 weeks – the best tour choir ever, singing in some of the most beautiful spaces in Europe. Thanks to Amy and Classical Movements for planning a spectacular tour, and thanks to Marianne (our Tour Manager) for executing a life-changing experience for us all!

-The Children’s Chorus of Sussex County

Press

We were met by friendly and caring guides who spoke excellent English and were sophisticated in matters relating to history, architecture and the way of life in Russia, both at the times of the czars and of the Soviet Union. A folkloric performance was of outstanding artistic quality. We were offered flexibility in the choir of the sightseeing sites…my appreciation of the tour itself is quite reliable.

-International Travel News | Aug, 1998

Deputy Chief of US Mission Kent Logsdon thanked Classical Movements for organizing such an amazing concert tour and praised YAC (Yale Alumni Chorus) musicians for their great charity activities and Vakhtang Kahidze for his wonderful orchestra.

-Georgia Messenger, Salome Modebadze | June 28, 2011

The Rhapsody! Children’s Music Festival organizers have chosen Prague as a concert destination for the festival’s various choirs every year for the past decade. Neeta Helms, president of Classical Movements, Inc., explains that Prague has been a destination of choice along with Vienna and Salzburg ‘because of its beauty and the country’s rich music history, culture, and heritage. For [children] it’s a trip of a lifetime, and we want to deliver a high-quality music product. Prague allows us to do that year after year.’

-Opus Osm, Mary Matz | July 18, 2011

There is talk of the current vacuum in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s leadership (president/CEO James Undercofler recently left; board president Hal Sorgenti just stepped down), even in such exotic settings, but it’s not noticeable in the tour’s day-to-day life, which is organized by the outside firm Classical Movements. One encouraging economic indicator: Neeta Helms, president of Classical Movements, which works with major orchestras as well as tours by youth orchestras and choirs, says 2009 looks to be its busiest year ever. But Helms works hard for that business. The Wednesday flight from Barcelona to Lisbon had the most stringent bag restrictions yet, with hefty fines for those deemed too heavy. But the loaded-down musicians were allowed to board unimpeded. ‘Neeta worked her magic,’ murmured one.

-Philadelphia Inquirer, David Patrick Stearns | Feb. 6, 2009

The warm reception from the French people restored energy and health, as did the raucously enthusiastic audiences, packed houses, rave reviews, radio broadcasts, and extended ovations…

-Peabody News | Sept, 1996

Yale Glee Club’s first trip to Spain in more than 50 years earlier this month ‘was fantastic,’ says maestro Jeffrey Douma. ‘We had a great time. We gave concerts in Barcelona and Madrid and in two smaller towns.’

-New Haven Register, Joe Amarente | March 26, 2015

Blue Heart Tours, the only U.S. operator that visits security-restricted Russian space centers, is planning a package around the first stay by American astronauts on Mir, the world’s only permanent space station…travelers will have the opportunity to meet the astronauts and watch their space shuttle launch from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

-Travel Weekly | Oct. 10, 1994