“The Land of a Thousand Lakes,” Finland’s immense natural beauty and rich folk traditions inspired a number of Romanticist symphonies and operas that continue to be popular in concert halls and cathedrals all around the country. Pair with ­Sweden and Norway for a Scandinavia tour or with nearby Estonia and Lithuania for a Baltic tour, although we think you could very well let this gorgeous land and its mesmerizing music move you all on its own.

Classical Movements has worked closely with the Finnish ensembles Tapiola Sinfonietta, and Sibelius Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Tapiola Chamber Choir’s U.S. tour to arrange their tours to the United States.

The company has also organized tours to Scandinavia for amongst others, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, College of William and Mary, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Yale Glee Club, Minnesota Orchestra, Os Violinos from the Lisbon Music Academy, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Choral Arts Society of Washington.

🇫🇮 Sights & Sounds 🇫🇮

  • Helsinki
  • Tampere Hall
  • Lahti Symphony Orchestra
  • Sibelius Musical Academy
  • Tempelliaukio Rock Church
  • Savonlinna International Opera Festival
  • Turku Castle
  • Catholic, Lutheran and Eastern Orthodox cathedrals
  • Sami culture in Lappland
  • Arctic wilderness
  • Kantele music

Testimonials

We enjoyed a comfortable flight itinerary, nice hotels, good meals, wonderful sightseeing, and most importantly great concerts.  Our venues included three stunning contemporary halls, an elegant baroque room, a delightful castle courtyard, and a beautiful spa town…We are all ready to do it again!  The Classical Movements staff was awesome!

-Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra

The Glee Club’s 2011 150th anniversary tour through Europe was the most extensive tour we’ve put together and we could not have done it with Classical Movements expert and attentive work – from hotels and buses, to concert venues and publicity.

-Yale Glee Club

Thank you so much for all you did to make LACC’s tour to Scandinavia and the Baltics so successful.  We had a terrific experience and much of this is due to your extensive and effective work on our behalf.

-Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

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