What a trip: music, social work, scenery, pioneering performances in Swaziland, food, drink, and history! Johan, our guide, was terrific.
–Dr. Thomas Duffy | Professor of Music & Director of Bands, Yale University
Thank you for your tireless energy and enthusiasm over the past few weeks. You have made our festival experience truly amazing and we have some wonderful memories. We can now say we ‘have been everywhere!’ I look forward to seeing you at the future Classical Movements festivals.
-Rachel Walker | Choir Member, Daley Road Singers, 2012
This tour was such a success that I wish to make this trip to South Africa a regular rotation for future choral tours. We feel confident that we can continue to learn and enrich our experience in this beautiful country in the capable hands of Classical Movements.
–Gisele T. Becker | Director of Choral Activities, George Washington University Singers, 2009
You did such a spectacular job of following the ever-moving target in the months before the trip, finding us the venues we needed and working with us to make the tour the enormous success that it was. And then once the tour began, there you were, always thinking of how to improve things, quietly taking care of the problems, form lost tuxes to too-many Delft passengers. There are many smiling YAC faces as a result of your hard work and great competence.
–Sherry Agar | President, Yale Alumni Chorus Foundation, 2007
The Children’s Chorus of Washington has just returned from the 2010 Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival, and choristers, chaperones and staff all agreed that this was the most enriching and life-changing tour we have taken. The shared concerts with the other international choruses and the South African choirs were musically exciting. We at CCW are grateful to Classical Movements for having the vision to plan and carry out all the details that made this such a memorable tour.
–Joan Gregoryk | Music Director, Children’s Chorus of Washington, 2010
I am amazed at how many sights we were able to see, places we were able to visit, and great meals we were able to share, quite apart from the gathering of the choirs and their musical experiences together. Tour guides were wonderful. You all do an excellent job. Thank you.
–Heather Keith | Staff, New Zealand Secondary Students Choir, 2008
You just don’t know how exciting it was working with the kids of the two choirs from the USA namely the St. Mark’s Choir from Texas and the Miami Children’s Choir. It was one of the most enjoyable sessions we have ever had. Classical Movements is making leaps and bounds in promoting not only music but cultural diversity, sharing, and appreciation of humanity. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
–George Mxadana | Director, Imilonji kaNthu Choral Society, 2011
I have toured many countries, but never have experienced such a professional relationship with a tour organization. Memories of a perfect itinerary, round-the-clock assistance, unforgettable memories of cordial encounters, impressive landscapes, and great concerts remain with us.
–Christoph Bachmann, Founder & Director of Choirs, Jugendchor Konservatorium Winterthur, 2011
South Africa is an extraordinary destination for choral music, and the team at Classical Movements helped us create an unforgettable trip. The musical collaborations and the extra musical experiences were superb. The great beauty of the country, the wild life, the high standards of hotels, meals and venues and the warmth of the people were better than we could have wished for.
–Jeffrey Douma | Music Director, Yale Alumni Chorus, 2007
This was the best travel/performance experience I have ever had. The choirs we performed with were all outstanding, as were the excursions. The history of South Africa is worth exploring. Classical Movements has crafted an experience in South Africa that is not to be missed. Our lives will never be the same. Thank you for the positive change on my life and the lives of all who experienced Ihlombe!
–Tim Sharpe | Music Director, Miami Children’s Chorus, 2011