The mountain kingdom of Lesotho is one of the few enclave countries in the world and one of the only places in Southern Africa where there is snow. Combined with the presence of Stone Age artifacts, cave houses, dinosaur footprints aplenty and the unique Basotho culture, this small country packs quite a different and exciting punch from its surrounding South Africa. Local choirs are getting international exposure along with Lesotho itself, making the country a more-than-worthwhile performance site or runout trip during a Southern African concert tour.

With a native South African on its staff and organizing tours to Southern Africa since 1994, Classical Movements has very close connections with top choirs, venues, orchestras and music organizations in Southern Africa.  Past clients include the Yale Concert Band, Pacific Boychoir, Morgan State University Choir and Children’s Chorus of Washington.  Concert tours around the world have also been executed for Southern Africa groups such as Drakensberg Boys’ Choir, Voices of Namibia, UCCSA Broadhurst-Botswana and Wits Choir (University of Witwatersrand).

Classical Movements also owns and produces the Ihlombe South African Choral festival. Since its inception, the festival has presented 125 choirs from various African countries, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Belgium and even Trinidad & Tobago.

🇱🇸 Sights & Sounds 🇱🇸

  • Maseru
  • Basotho Youth Choir
  • Bokong Nature Reserve
  • Morija Arts and Cultural Festival
  • Cave houses and painting
  • Skiing at Afriski Mountain Resort
  • Katse Dam

Testimonials

Thank you for inviting us to participate in this wonderful IHLOMBE festival.  Musically, we, the Morgan State University Choir had an opportunity to hear some very fine choirs from South Africa and the United States. Culturally, we visited places that will change our lives forever…I personally know how much time and effort went into every detail of this trip.  You have given the students of these choir memories that will last a lifetime.

-Morgan State University Choir

Classical Movements proved to be the best decision we made for our trip to South Africa.  Their staff was efficient, friendly and dependable. Our guide – incredible!  This company provided a broad diversity of musical engagements that provided fine audiences, high-profile collaborations and attractive venues.  With 25 years of touring, I have never experienced such a supportive and dependable company.

-Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir

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 2011.

-Miami Children’s Chorus

Press

“In keeping with one of the core beliefs of Classical Movements, and building on donations to the three benefactors of last year; some of the profits from the concerts will be shared between South African groups that work to help under-privileged communities and youth programmes. Classical Movements is also empowering local choirs by directly sharing the profits from ticket sales.”

-Tonight Newspaper, July 2010

 

Abundant enthusiasm. That is the first thing you notice about Neeta Helms, President of Classical Movements…[Ihlombe] showcases not only local talent but unique circumstances too, such as the All Saints Blind Choir from Ga-Rankuwa. They have also partnered with accomplished names in choral music, like George Kamxadana. Then there is the issue of the premiere taking place in Soweto. The township affords the Canadian and American choirs a chance to witness a part of our country that they would otherwise not have seen.

-The Citizen, Sibusiso Mkwanazi, July 2010