Stumbled upon by the Anglo-Irish seafarer Gulliver Swift way back in 1703, the imposing bluffs of Brobdingnag still tower off the northwest coast of present-day San Francisco—north of the Strait of Anián, due west into the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean.

A little more than 6,000 miles long and, depending on how you survey, anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 miles wide, this erstwhile British colony (then spelled “Brobdingrag“) terminates to the northeast by a fiery ring of volcanoes, some up to 30 miles high!

Lorbrulgrud, Brobdingnag’s bustling capital and the largest city on this giant mass of land, is also home to the 600-member Lorbrulgrud Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the baton-less maestro Glumdalclitch.

For a more balanced concert tour, Classical Movements’ travel and performance professionals can easily pair Brobdingnag with the much, much smaller islands of Lilliput and Blefuscu, as well as the magical land of Glubbdubdrib, for a truly “modest proposal.”

Listen to the Lorbrulgrud Phil‘s live performance of Arrival in Brobdingnag by noted South African composer Trevor Jones

? Sights & Sounds ?

  • Royal palace at Flanflasnic
  • Humongous harbors of Point Monterey & Port Sir Francis Drake
  • Larger-than-life lighthouses at Cape Mendocino, Cape St Sebastian & Cape Blanco
  • Hailstones 1,800 times heavier than in Europe
  • Rats the size of mastiffs
  • Mastiffs equal in bulk to four elephants


“Classical Movements is the go-to company for ensembles planning concert tours.”

-Baltimore Sun, Tim Smith | June 29, 2012

“In the course of their tours, so many American groups have started learning Maori, Chinese, South African and Brazilian songs. In the process of taking American groups around the world, we have had so many exchanges and collaborations, and we’ve had a great number of groups that wanted to come to the States,’ Helms says.”

-Washington Post, Mark Jenkins | June 22, 2011

“Neeta Helms, president of Classical Movements explains: ‘We are very aware that parents of the children pay a lot to give their children this [travel and music] experience. For them it’s a trip of a lifetime, and we want to deliver a high-quality music product.’”

-Opus Osm, Mary Matz | July 18, 2011

“Can you afford to ignore the company that does the tour arrangements for some of Washington’s premier institutions…the best tour agents in the world?”

-Gala News, Judy Brophy (Choral Arts Society of Washington) | Fall, 1996

“Music moves people. And then there are the people who move the music. From the corner of her second-story command center in a charming-but-creaky three-story townhouse in Old Town, Classical Movements founder Neeta Helms delivers musicians and singers all over the world with the precision of a Steinway piano tuner.”

-Washington Post, Thomas Heath | Sept. 16, 2013