Norway evokes thoughts of smoked salmon, winter sports and breathtaking fjords (rightfully so: they were listed by National Geographic as the world’s top tourist attraction). Major cities like Oslo and Bergen—with the homes of Ibsen, Munch and Grieg as well as remnants of Viking history—demonstrate Norway’s impressive contributions to literature, art and music. With one of Europe’s most active classical music scenes, Norway can be a tour all on its own or paired with nearby Denmark, Sweden, or Iceland for a Scandinavian experience.

Classical Movements has organized tours to Scandinavia for 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. The company has worked closely with Scandinavian groups such as the Finnish Tapiola Sinfonietta, Tapiola Chamber Choir and Sibelius Youth Symphony Orchestra to arrange their tours to the United States. Classical Movements also maintains close ties with ensembles such as Oslo Chamber Choir, Viva Children’s Choir, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Edvard Grieg Kor and Bærum Pikekor, arranging tours, concerts and collaborations with them.

🇳🇴 Sights & Sounds 🇳🇴

  • Oslo
  • National Theater and Opera
  • Henrik Ibsen’s Home
  • Munch Museum
  • Viking Ship Museum
  • Bergen
  • Breathtaking views from the Fløibanen
  • Grieg’s Home in Troldhaugen
  • International Music Festivals
  • Fjords
  • Stave churches
  • Trondheim Jazz Orchestra
  • Vigelands Sculpture Garden
  • Trondheim
  • Stavanger

Testimonials

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