Nepal’s Himalayan mountainscapes have historically attracted those intrepid travelers who wish to scale the world’s greatest heights. Today, more travelers come to visit ancient religious sites, go on elephant or rhino safaris, stay in mountain resorts or participate in internationally acclaimed music festivals like Jazzmandu. The views (as well as being a short trip to India or Bangladesh) may be enough to draw one to the Roof of the World, but with a number of young Nepalese musicians eager to work with and see international musical groups, a concert tour can be a memorable experience in more ways than one.

Classical Movements has been arranging tours to South Asia for many years. President Neeta Helms was born and raised in India. Along with her family, she sang and toured in many choirs while being involved in major western classical music institutions such as Delhi Music Society, the Delhi School of Music, the Delhi Symphony Orchestra and the Paranjoti Chorus. Even before she established Classical Movements she arranged tours to the sub-continent in the 1980s for pianists and quartets. Thanks to her knowledge and experience and generosity, the India Choral Fellowship is now underway and drawing attention to Western classical music’s growing presence in South Asia.

🇳🇵 Sights & Sounds 🇳🇵

  • Kathmandu
  • Mount Everest & the Himalayas
  • Crescendo International Orchestra
  • Jazz Conservatory & Jazzmandu Festival
  • Sherpa culture
  • Durbar (Palace) Square
  • Lumbini: Birthplace of Buddha
  • Hindu festivals & Buddhist stupas
  • Traditional music in Gunla

Testimonials

“The musical director and conductor of the Yale Glee Club said the group chose the destination ‘because of the wonderful friendships they discovered in Turkey.’ The Turkish word ‘dost’ (friends for life) is the reason we are performing in Istanbul,’ said Jeff Douma.”

-Hürriyet Daily News, Hatice Utkan | August 5, 2010

“Khubat Abbas Abdul Razaq, a cellist and one of the orchestra’s four women members, said: “I just want to say this is an honor to come to Washington and to play here.”

Samir Yosif, a double-bass player, said: “We want to let the American people know that we have a culture, that we have something to give them. It’s a great honor to be here and we thank the people who have helped us here to play.”

-The lndependent/UK, December 12, 2003

“Blue Heart has followed its clients’ suggestions to map out its expanding destinations. Vacationers travel from Guangzhou to Hong Kong by train visit the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and Tian’anmen Square and take in a performance of the famed Shanghai Acrobats.”

-Tour and Travel News, Michael Milligan | May 8, 1995

“The Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra visit involved a human element that transcended the usual business of arranging orchestra tours for Neeta Helms, executive vice president of Classical Movements. She ushered the musicians from their first nerve-wracking security checks at New York’s JFK Airport to their last tourist stop at Rockefeller Center on the way out of the country.”

-Symphony Magazine, Rebecca Winzenreid | March, 2004

“Kevin Fox, who is working with the Neemrana Foundation, the Capital City Minstrels and Delhi School of Music in the Capital, says that the Indian singers are very keen on the music and are eager to do more and learn more about choral singing. He adds, ‘I’ve met some excellent directors and teachers here who are working very creatively to spread the musical and social benefits of group singing.'”

-Mail Today, Srijani Ganguly | Feb 15, 2017

Press

“Kevin Fox, who is working with the Neemrana Foundation, the Capital City Minstrels and Delhi School of Music in the Capital, says that the Indian singers are very keen on the music and are eager to do more and learn more about choral singing. He adds, ‘I’ve met some excellent directors and teachers here who are working very creatively to spread the musical and social benefits of group singing.'”

-Mail Today, Srijani Ganguly | Feb 15, 2017