Formerly known as Ceylon, the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” has Hindu, Buddhist and Christian communities, it produces world-renowned tea leaves, and its music has diverse influences, counting Sinhalese, Tamil, and Portuguese among them. With music classes built into the school curriculum and the founding of the National Youth Orchestra, Sri Lanka grows its long extant interest and participation in orchestral and choral music. Pair with a trip to South India for a concert tour that explores this religiously diverse and musically receptive region.

Classical Movements has been arranging tours to South Asia since 2000 and has worked with Sri Lankan groups, such as the Soul Sounds Choir, who participated in the Ihlombe! Choral Festival in South Africa. 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. Thanks to her knowledge and experience, the India Choral Fellowship is now underway and drawing attention to Western classical music’s growing presence in South Asia.

🇱🇰 Sights & Sounds 🇱🇰

  • Colombo
  • Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka
  • Soul Sounds Choir
  • St. John Dal Bastone Church
  • Historic Stupas
  • Beachside elephant preserves
  • Buddhist Temple of the Sacred Tooth
  • Dutch history at Galle Fort

Testimonials

Press

A university choir established 150 years ago in the United States is preparing to perform in Turkey for the first time as a part of its European tour. 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. ‘Because we take ‘dost’ seriously, we wanted to visit Turkey to celebrate our singing tradition with our newfound friends.’ The Yale Glee Club has been called the United States’ ‘singing university’ because of the remarkable tradition and history of choirs at the school. ‘It is our mission to travel to parts of the world that are not often exposed to the musical traditions of US colleges,’ said Douma.

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

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

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 | December 12, 2003

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