Established in 2009 with a special focus on collaboration and outreach, the extraordinary, life-changing Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival features a true diversity of international choirs performing for effusive audiences in every venue imaginable, making for what the Cape Times calls “the largest international choral gathering in South Africa.” For 2018, in both song and service, the 10th anniversary edition of Ihlombe! will honor the centennial of South African revolutionary, politician and philanthropist Nelson Mandela, specifically, his leading example in achieving “Equality, Unity, Truth and Reconciliation.”

10th Annual Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival:
June 30—July 18, 2018

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth with concerts and events in the greater Soweto and Johannesburg areas of Gauteng, Eastern and Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and more!

Pre- and post-World Choir Games tour options are available, in cooperation with Interkultur.


Memories of a perfect itinerary, round-the-clock assistance, unforgettable cordial encounters, impressive landscapes and great concerts remain with us.

Christoph Bachmann | Founder & Director of Choirs, Jugendchor Konservatorium Winterthur

Musically, we 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. You have given these students memories that will last a lifetime.

Dr. Eric Conway | Choir Director & Fine Arts Chairman, Morgan State University

Classical Movements is making leaps and bounds in promoting not only music, but cultural diversity, sharing and appreciation of humanity.

George Gobingca Mxadana | Director, Imilonji kaNthu Choral Society

South Africa is an extraordinary destination for choral music, and the team at Classical Movements helped us create an unforgettable trip.

Dr. Jeffrey Douma | Music Director, Yale Alumni Chorus

 This was the best travel/performance experience I have ever had. The choirs we performed with were all outstanding, as were the excursions. Thank you for the positive change on my life and the lives of all who experienced Ihlombe!

Timothy Sharp | Music Director, Miami Children’s Chorus


Singing That Nourishes Body and Soul.

Terri Dunbar-Curran, Cape Times


Zimbabwean Artists to Re-Unite  in South Africa for an Explosive Show.

Future Moyo, Bulawayo 24 News


More Than Just Music, Choirs and Orchestras Showcase Best of SA Talent.

-Sibusiso Mkwanazi, The Citizen


Toronto Children’s Chorus sings tribute to Nelson Mandela in South Africa.

Trish Crawford, Toronto Star


Music brings people together.

Thokezile Mnguni, Pretoria East Rekord


For Prince George’s choir, performances and lessons of a lifetime in South Africa.

Petula Dvorak, Washington Post


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