Because it switched so often between British and French control, Saint Lucia came to be known as the “Helen of the West Indies,” though the island’s jaw-dropping beauty is what keeps this gorgeous Caribbean country living up to its moniker. Between the beaches, islets and volcanoes, Saint Lucia’s beautiful culture—a combination of French, British, African and Carib influences—thrives through cultural centers that can claim the membership of almost everyone on the island. A successful tourism industry has led to an equally successful international jazz festival as well as traditional festivals that take place throughout the year.

Classical Movements has arranged tours to Saint Lucia for George Washington University. The company has directed many successful tours throughout the Caribbean, particularly as the preeminent musical touring company for creating tours to Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

🇱🇨 Sights & Sounds 🇱🇨

  • Castries
  • St. Lucia Jazz Festival
  • Morne Fortune Hill
  • La Woz and La Magwit Traditional Festivals
  • Marigot Bay
  • Carnival in July
  • Les Pitons
  • Sulphur Springs at the “World’s Only Drive-In Volcano
  • Jwé and Kwadril music
  • Rodney Bay & Gros Islet
  • Gros Piton Mountains



Classical Movements is based in Alexandria but works mainly overseas, arranging tours by American orchestras and choruses and running music festivals all over the world. ‘Choral music is becoming so international,’ Helms says. ‘There was a time when it was all Handel, Bach, Mozart and such. But now there are so many fantastic composers. And in the course of their tours, so many American groups have started learning Maori, Chinese, South African and Brazilian songs. In the process of taking American groups around the world, we have had so many exchanges and collaborations, and we’ve had a great number of groups that wanted to come to the States,’ Helms says.

-Washington Post, Mark Jenkins | June 22, 2011

Neeta Helms, president of Classical Movements explains: ‘We are very aware that parents of the children pay a lot to give their children this [travel and music] experience. For them it’s a trip of a lifetime, and we want to deliver a high-quality music product.’

-Opus Osm, Mary Matz | July 18, 2011

Can you afford to ignore the company that does the tour arrangements for some of Washington’s premier institutions…the best tour agents in the world?

-Gala News, Judy Brophy (Choral Arts Society of Washington) | Fall, 1996

Classical Movements is the go-to company for ensembles planning concert tours.

-Baltimore Sun, Tim Smith | June 29, 2012

Music moves people. And then there are the people who move the music. From the corner of her second-story command center in a charming-but-creaky three-story townhouse in Old Town, Classical Movements founder Neeta Helms delivers musicians and singers all over the world with the precision of a Steinway piano tuner.

-Washington Post, Thomas Heath | Sept. 16, 2013

The tour is a very special occasion for us. It is important that the music and the long tradition of the Escolania is known.’ It is why Neeta Helms, founder of Classical Movements, the group presenting the choir in Washington and New York, considers this tour to be a rare look at the Escolania’s long tradition and exceptional talent.

-Washington Post, Katherine Boyle (quoting Bernat Vivancos) | March 16, 2014

Classical Movements is a concert touring company dedicated to arranging tours for choirs and ensembles all over the world. [Neeta] Helms calls the group a one-stop shop; booking hotels and meals for the touring ensembles and connecting them with performance venues. In addition, the group also produces four international music festivals every year (in Argentina and Brazil, Austria, South Africa and Washington, D.C.).

-Bethesda Gazette, Cara Hedgepeth | June 25, 2012

For comfort and safety a comprehensive tour package run by an experienced company such as Blue Heart Tours is the way to go.

-McCall’s | April 1998

Few companies can count 2,034 clients in their very first year of operation.

-Jax Fax Travel Magazine | June 1994