From the shores of Nova Scotia to French-speaking Montreal and the rushing waters of the dramatic Niagara Falls all the way to hip, bustling, and diverse Vancouver, the world’s second-largest country has no shortage of sights to see and a wide spectrum of cities to travel and perform in.

Classical Movements has been arranging tours in Canada since 1996. With fluent French speakers and knowledgeable musicians on staff as well as local contacts and tour guides, concerts, collaborations and homestays have been part and parcel of many of our Canada tours. Past groups to Canada include the English Concert, the Moscow Symphony, University Glee Club of New York City, Young People’s Chorus of New York City, Iowa Youth Chorus, Wits Choir (University of Witwatersrand) and Fairfield Children’s Chorus

Classical Movements has also taken multiple Canadian groups on tour, including the Toronto Children’s Chorus, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Cantare Children’s Chorus, and Youth Singers of Calgary. The Cantare Children’s Choir, Countermeasure, Les Petits Chanteurs de Laval and The Watch have been part of the Serenade! Festival in D.C.

🇨🇦 Sights & Sounds 🇨🇦

  • Vancouver
  • Victoria
  • Montreal
  • Quebec City
  • Ottawa
  • Toronto
  • Rocky Mountains
  • Niagara Falls
  • Romantic coastlines in Nova Scotia
  • Musical New Foundland


We had good performing experiences and the singers really loved the homestays with Les Petits Chanteurs…I especially appreciate that you were calling to check on us. I’ve never had a tour manager call during the duration of the trip. Thank you!
-Iowa Youth Chorus

Thank you so much for providing the Fairfield County Children’s Choir with an amazing experience in Vienna, Salzburg & Prague. The concert venues were truly incredible… My choristers, parents, chaperones and I had an unforgettable time both as musicians and tourists. I hope that we will be able to work with you again.

-Fairfield County Children’s Choir

For starters I would like to thank you and everyone at Classical Movements for the wonderful work you did on behalf of the VSO. The compliments continue to flow in on how smoothly everything went. To say we couldn’t have done it without you would be the understatement of the year! The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is extremely proud to have undertaken this historic tour.  Audience reaction to our performances was most enthusiastic and it is heartwarming to consider the number of lives we touched through the concerts as well as the dozens of educational activities in which Maestro Tovey and our musicians participated.

-Vancouver Symphony Orchestra


Classical Movements is based in Alexandria but works mainly overseas, arranging tours by American orchestras and choruses and running music festivals all over the world. ‘Choral music is becoming so international,’ Helms says. ‘There was a time when it was all Handel, Bach, Mozart and such. But now there are so many fantastic composers. And 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

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

-Baltimore Sun, Tim Smith | June 29, 2012

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

The tour is a very special occasion for us. It is important that the music and the long tradition of the Escolania is known.’ It is why Neeta Helms, founder of Classical Movements, the group presenting the choir in Washington and New York, considers this tour to be a rare look at the Escolania’s long tradition and exceptional talent.

-Washington Post, Katherine Boyle (quoting Bernat Vivancos) | March 16, 2014

Classical Movements is a concert touring company dedicated to arranging tours for choirs and ensembles all over the world. [Neeta] Helms calls the group a one-stop shop; booking hotels and meals for the touring ensembles and connecting them with performance venues. In addition, the group also produces four international music festivals every year (in Argentina and Brazil, Austria, South Africa and Washington, D.C.).

-Bethesda Gazette, Cara Hedgepeth | June 25, 2012

For comfort and safety a comprehensive tour package run by an experienced company such as Blue Heart Tours is the way to go.

-McCall’s | April 1998

Few companies can count 2,034 clients in their very first year of operation.

-Jax Fax Travel Magazine | June 1994