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 Rolihlahla Mandela, specifically, his leading example in fostering “Hope, Freedom and Unity.”

2018 Ihlombe! Choirs

The Singing Sensations Youth Choir was founded with the expectation of exposing underprivileged youth in the Baltimore Metropolitan area, to the diverse and multifaceted aspects of the performing arts. They support the belief that all youth deserve the right to thrive in and be empowered by the arts. The ensembles is committed to helping children master skills and experience the joy of performing with artistry, and developing the self-discipline and confidence that will ultimately enhance many areas throughout their lives.

Now in its 29th season, the Seattle Children’s Chorus, under the direction of Kris Mason, has been uniquely committed to the preservation of sacred literature for young voices. SCC has also provided a rich base of outstanding choral literature from a variety of historical and cultural backgrounds. The group has had many opportunities to participate in festivals and performances regionally, nationally and all over the world, including Europe, South America and Canada.

The Mt. San Antonio College Chamber Singers from Los Angeles consists of thirty-nine auditioned singers who perform works from the Renaissance through new works of the 21st Century. They have won numerous awards throughout the United States and have been international recognized for performances in Canada, Australia, China, and have toured to Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, the British Isles, Bulgaria and Italy.

Founded in 1995, Children’s Chorus of Washington (CCW) was led for its first 20 years by founder Joan Gregoryk, who established the organization’s reputation for artistic excellence. Widely recognized as one of the country’s leading youth choruses, CCW provides outstanding choral music education to young vocalists, ages 5-18, from throughout metropolitan Washington, DC, regardless of their background, economic status, or prior experience. This season the CCW embarks on a new era under the artistic leadership of Margaret Nomura Clark.

Nurturing current and future artists, Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde provides performance, education, and service opportunities boys and girls ages 7-18 in five different choir levels.  Singers are encouraged to join at a young age and continue their commitment and development throughout their elementary, middle and high school years. Currently, over 180 Singers ages 7-18 representing over 100 public, private, and home school environments and 65 zip codes serve, grow, learn, and sing together!

10th Annual Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival:
1-20 July, 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.

(Ihlombe! 2019: 12-19, July; Ihlombe! 2020: 17-24, July)

Ihlombe! Testimonials:

“Unforgettable memories of a perfect itinerary, around-the-clock assistance,
impressive landscapes, the most cordial encounters 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, giving us all 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 sharing, cultural diversity and a true 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

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

Timothy Sharp | Music Director, Miami Children’s Chorus

Ihlombe! Press:

“Ihlombe! is a life-changing cultural, social, and educational opportunity to travel to another country.”

-Washington Informer, Gale Horton Gay | April 24, 2013

“A grand concert at Pretoria City Hall…exhilarating performances.”

-Pretoria News | July, 2013

“One of the aims of the [Ihlombe!] festival is to see choirs performing out of their usual areas, and that goes beyond merely just hosting international groups. Even local choirs will have the opportunity to branch out into new communities. ‘The music here is very compelling. People around the world should know about it,’ says Neeta Helms.”

-Cape Times, Terri Dunbar-Curran | Aug. 5, 2010

“Despite cultural differences, music does play a huge role in bringing people together. This was endorsed during the Ihlombe! South African Music Festival held at the University of Pretoria on Saturday.”

-Pretoria Rekord, Thokozile Mnguni | July 25, 2014

“Ihlombe! showcases not only local talent but unique circumstances too, such as the All Saints Blind Choir from Ga-Rankuwa. They have also partnered with accomplished names in choral music, like George Kamxadana. Then there is the issue of the premiere taking place in Soweto. The township affords the Canadian and American choirs a chance to witness a part of our country that they would otherwise not have seen.”

-The Citizen, Sibusiso Mkwanazi | July, 2010

“The prestigious Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival…”

-Washington Post, Petula Dvorak | July 25, 2013

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