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Individual & collaborative concerts with enthusiastic audiences Workshops with celebrated local choral conductors Outreach and musical exchanges Once in a lifetime sightseeing Scenic safaris and African drumming

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fåíêçÇìÅíáçå=íç=fÜäçãÄÉ= Classical Movements Inc. is pleased to bring you the Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival presented annually since 2009. Classical Movements Inc. has been touring to South Africa since 1994 and we greatly admire their beautiful and diverse choral traditions. Our festival incorporates diverse South African ensembles from traditional, ethnic, classical, church choirs, university and symphonic ensembles of all demographics into our festival to present an accurate picture of South African music and culture. We have made an extraordinary effort to ensure that all our venues and local and foreign choirs are rich in diversity and of the highest standards. We are honored that some of the most prominent South Africa choirs have joined our festival, and of course we are proud of the excellent international choirs that have made a long journey to visit this beautiful land. THE MEANING OF IHLOMBE The Xhosa use Ihlombe, a word that has no equivalent in the English language, to express the transcendental feeling induced by music. It transports people to a state of overwhelming joy in which they become so acutely moved that they are compelled to stand up and participate. In Zulu Ihlombe translates into applause, what better way to describe this festival and the beautiful choral traditions of South Africans.


tÜó=fÜäçãÄÉ>=ïáíÜ== `ä~ëëáÅ~ä=jçîÉãÉåíë= Classical Movements has very close relationships with the leading choirs, venues, orchestras and top music organizations in South Africa. It is our belief that each concert tour should be a joyous learning experience and include enthusiastic audiences; here are additional reasons to travel with us to South Africa for the Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival. CULTURAL IMMERSION Workshop opportunities to sing and dance with traditional Cape Malay, Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans & English Choirs. Varied and dramatic itineraries, from classical to traditional concerts and visits to tourist venues and a wildlife safari. A belief that a tour to South Africa should show case the many faces of South Africa- displaying the multiple cultures that make up this fascinating rainbow nation. Visits to major sights can include the Cape of Good Hope, Table Mountain, Scenic drives, Wildlife Safaris, Apartheid museums, Soweto, Robben Island and historic locations. Authentic foods and a traditional South African “braai” in varied settings which can include African drumming. Outreach opportunities, choir exchanges in poorer communities, orphanage visits, school exchanges, and home building projects and opportunities to collaborate and potentially give to youth choral and music programs.


tÜó=fÜäçãÄÉ>=ïáíÜ== `ä~ëëáÅ~ä=jçîÉãÉåíë= `çåíáåìÉÇ= AMAZING PERFORMANCES Each concert is hosted by a local South African music ensemble, showcasing the musical facets of this country, including Traditional African choral ensembles, drumming, rhythms and internationally award-winning choirs. Concert proceeds to benefit South African music groups and local choirs. Home stays and hosting options with collaborating choirs are available. YEARS OF EXPERIENCE Classical Movements has had groups visiting South Africa since 1994 (the year Nelson Mandela was elected). A South African and many musicians on the Classical Movements staff to understand your group’s specific needs. Classical Movements owns and produces the Ihlombe! South African Choral festival since 2009 and has now had over 125 choirs participate in the first 8 years. Classical Movements also produces numerous customized tours to South Africa on a regular basis which can be tailored to your individual expectations. Contacts in all major towns in South Africa, including Pretoria, Soweto, Johannesburg, Sandton, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown, George, Bloemfontein, Potchefstroom, Alberton and Winterton, to name some of those most recently visited.


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m~ëí=fÜäçãÄÉ== m~êíáÅáé~åíë= CHRIST THE KING CHURCH CHOIR ‐  Kampala, Uganda  CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION CHOIR‐ Bonteheuwel, SA    COLLEGE VOCAL DE LAVAL ‐   Laval, Canada    CON SPIRITO ENSEMBLE ‐     Bloemfontein, SA    DALEY ROAD SINGERS                   (Australian Na onal University) ‐    Canberra, Australia    DF MALAN HIGH SCHOOL GIRL CHOIR ‐  Cape Town, SA  DONALDIAN ENSEMBLE ‐   Owerri, Nigeria  AMAZWI KA NTHU CHOIR ‐   DRAKENSBERG BOYS' CHOIR ‐  Tshwane, SA  Winterton, SA  AMY BIEHL YOUTH CHOIR ‐   EAST RAND YOUTH CHOIR ‐                  Khayelitsha, SA  East Rand, SA  BETHEL YOUTH CHOIR ‐   EASTERN CAPE CHILDREN'S CHOIR ‐   hayelitsha, SA  Port Elizabeth, SA  BISHOP ANTSEY HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR ‐  EKURHULENI CHILDREN'S CHOIR ‐  Trinidad and Tobago  Ekhurhuleni, SA  C&N ORANJE MEISIESKOOR ‐  ERUB CHILDREN'S CHOIR ‐                  Bloemfontein, SA  Cape Town, SA  CANTARE CHILDREN'S CHOIR ‐     Alberton, SA    CAPE TOWN MALE VOICE CHOIR ‐     Cape Town, SA  CAPE TOWN YOUTH CHOIR ‐                Cape Town, SA  CENESTRA MALE CHOIR ‐                      East Rand, SA  CHAMBER CHOIR OF SOUTH   AFRICA ‐ East Rand, SA  CHANTICLEER SINGERS ‐   FERRUM HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR ‐          Johannesburg, SA  New Castle, SA  CHILDREN'S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON‐  FEZEKA ALUMNI CHOIR ‐   Washington DC, USA  Gugulethu, SA  AFRICAN CHORD MELODIES ‐  Gugulethu, SA  ALL SAINTS BLIND CHOIR ‐   Ga Rankuwa, SA 


m~ëí=fÜäçãÄÉ== m~êíáÅáé~åíë=J=`çåíK= LOS ANGELES CHILDREN'S CHOIR ‐        FEZEKA HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR ‐  Los Angeles, California, USA  Gugulethu, SA  MAMELODI MELODIC VOICES ‐  HARMONIA GIRLS CHOIR ‐   Mamelodi, SA  Alberton, SA  HEAVENLY SOULS MALE CHOIR ‐                           Soweto, SA  HERSCHEL CHORALE ‐                           Cape Town, SA  IGUGU LE KAPA CHAMBER CHOIR ‐                           Cape Town, SA  IMBIZO ‐   Bulawayo, Zimbabwe  IMILONJI KANTU CHORAL SOCIETY ‐  Soweto, SA  IMPUMELELO SHINGING STARS ‐  MANYANO HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR ‐  Bulawayo, Zimbabwe  Khayelitsha, SA  JACARANDA CHILDREN'S CHOIR ‐  MASONWABE ADULT CHOIR ‐           Pretoria, SA  Langa, SA  JOYFUL HARMONIES ‐   MECER CITY OF TYGERBERG CHOIR ‐  Gugulethu, SA  Tygerberg, SA  KENSINGTON CHORALE ‐   MEDICINE HAT COLLEGE GIRLS’ CHOIR ‐  Kensington, SA  Canada  LESEDI CHURCH OF CHRIST CHOIR ‐        MELODIES OF DIEPSLOOT ‐   Lesedi, SA  Diepsloot, SA    MELOMONIA VOCALWAVES ‐   East Rand, SA    MIAMI CHILDREN'S CHORUS ‐     Miami, Florida, USA  MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY CHOIR ‐  Bal more, MD, USA  MPUMALANGA YOUTH CHOIR ‐  Mpumalanga, SA  NAZARETH YOUTH CHOIR ‐   Khayelitsha, SA  NELSON MANDELA METROPOLITAN  LIRICA CHOIR ‐  Belgium  UNIVERSITY LE‐STRADA CHORALE ‐     LORETO CONVENT SCHOOL CHOIR ‐        Port Elizabeth, SA  Pretoria, SA     


m~ëí=fÜäçãÄÉ== m~êíáÅáé~åíë=J=`çåíK= SOUTH AFRICAN YOUTH CHOIR ‐   South Africa  SOUTH CAPE CHILDREN'S CHOIR ‐  George, SA  SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR ‐   Soweto, SA  S.T.A.R.S ‐   USA  ST. MARK'S SCHOOL OF                      TEXAS BOYS CHOIR ‐    Dallas, Texas, USA  ST. STITHIANS BOYS COLLEGE CHOIR ‐  Randburg, SA  STATISTICS SOUTH AFRICA CHOIR ‐  Pretoria, SA  STELLENBOSCH KONSERVATORIUM  VOCAL ENSEMBLE ‐   Stellenbosch, SA  STELLENBOSCH MADRIGAL SINGERS ‐  Stellenbosch, SA  NORTHWESTERN HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR ‐  ST. PETER CLAVER YOUTH CHOIR ‐  Bal more, USA  Mamelodi, SA  PAARL BOYS' HIGH CANTARE   ST. THERESA CHOIR (STAYPC) ‐   VOCAL ENSEMBLE ‐    Soweto, SA  Paarl, SA  SYMPHONY CHOIR OF   PACIFIC BOYCHOIR ‐                        JOHANNESBURG ‐                       Oakland, CA, USA  Johannesburg, SA  PALISSANDER CHAMBER CHOIR ‐    Pretoria, SA    PRETORIA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR ‐    Pretoria, SA    RANDBURG HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR ‐  Randburg, SA    SINGERS MARIN GIRL CHOIR ‐                 San Francisco, California, USA    SINGING SENSATIONS YOUTH CHOIR ‐    Bal more, Maryland, USA    SOUL SOUNDS ‐     Colombo, Sri Lanka   

NEW AMSTERDAM SINGERS ‐              New York City, USA  NEW ZEALAND SECONDARY   STUDENTS' CHOIR ‐  New Zealand  NORCO CHOIR (NORCO COLLEGE) ‐  Norco, California, USA  NORTHERN KWAZULU‐                       NATAL YOUTH CHOIR ‐                           New Castle, SA 


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UNIVERSITY OF THE FREE                           STATE CHORAL CHOIR ‐                 Randburg, SA  Bloemfontein, SA  TORONTO CHILDREN'S CHOIR ‐   Toronto, Canada  UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN               CAPE CHOIR ‐                                          Cape Town, SA  VISION DETROIT SCHOOL OR ARTS  MALE ENSEMBLE ‐   USA  WITS CHOIR, UNIVERSITY                             OF THE WITWATERSRAND ‐   Johannesburg, SA  WOMEN OF NOTE ‐    TSWELOPELE CHORUS ‐   Victoria, Australia  Tshwane, SA  YALE WHIFFENPOOFS ‐                              UNIVERSITAS PRIMARY SCHOOL CHOIR ‐  Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA  Bloemfontein, SA    UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG CHOIR‐  Johannesburg, SA  UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN                 WOMEN'S GLEE CLUB ‐                                 Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA                               

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tÜ~í=m~êíáÅáé~åíë= ^êÉ=ë~óáåÖ=~Äçìí=fÜäçãÄÉ= Joan Gregoryk, Music Director – Children’s Chorus of Washington “The Children's Chorus of Washington has just returned from the 2010 Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival, and choristers, chaperones and staff all agreed that this was the most enriching and life-changing tour we have taken. The shared concerts with the other international choruses and the South African choirs were musically exciting and the visits to the historic sites that have shaped the recent history of South Africa, including Robben Island, were sobering. We all loved staying at the Game Park and going on the Safari, and were amazed by the physical beauty of the country, including Table Mountain, Cape Town Waterfront, and the Cape Peninsula. We at CCW are grateful to Classical Movements for having the vision to plan and carry out all the details that made this such a memorable tour." Casey White, Musical Director - Daley Roads Singers ( Australia) “Thank you for the most wonderful South African Experience. I have had the most wonderful and moving time, and have fallen in love with this amazing country.” Timothy Sharp, Music Director – Miami Children’s Chorus “This was the best travel/performance experience I have ever had. The choirs we performed with were outstanding as were the excursions. The history of South Africa is worth exploring. Classical Movements has crafted an experience in South Africa that is not to be missed. Our lives will never be the same. Thank you for the positive change on my life and the lives of all who experienced Ihlombe 2011.” Craig Denison, Artistic Director – Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir “Classical Movements proved to be the best decision we made for our [2008 Concert tour] to South Africa. Their staff was efficient, friendly and dependable. Our guide - incredible! This company provided a broad diversity of musical engagements that provided fine audiences, highprofile collaborations and attractive venues. With 25 years of touring, I have never experienced such a supportive and dependable company.” Eric Conway, Music Director – Morgan State University Choir “Thank you for inviting us to participate in this wonderful Ihlombe 2009 festival. Musically, we, the Morgan State University Choir 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. Our visit to Soweto has shown us how very blessed we are to happen to live where we do and when we do! The South African people are so very warm and receptive, at times I did not even feel like a stranger in a foreign land. I personally know how much time and effort went into every detail of this trip. You have given the students in this choir memories that will last a lifetime.” Thomas Duffy, Professor of Music & Director of Bands – Yale University Concert Band “What a trip! Music, social work, scenery, pioneering performances in Swaziland, food, drink, and history! Johan [our guide] was terrific.” - South Africa and Swaziland Tour 2011 Chorister – Children’s Chorus of Washington “I felt less like a tourist because I got to interact (and sing) with all the wonderful, different people of South Africa. Thank you so much--this trip has truly changed my life. I know I will be back to South Africa soon, maybe attending the University of Cape Town!”


mêÉëë=`çîÉê~ÖÉ== Ñçê=fÜäçãÄÉ= Terri Dunbar-Curran, Writer Cape Times Newspaper (A South African Publication) "Singing is an integral part of our psyche and it's not uncommon to find small choirs scattered throughout communities. This phenomenon is one which prompted Neeta Helms, President of Classical Movements, to arrange a choral festival to celebrate that talent. One of the aims of the 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." Sibusiso Mkwanazi, Writer The Citizen: Weekend Vibe (A South African Publication) “Abundant Enthusiasm. That is the first thing you notice about Neeta Helms, President of Classical Movements… It {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." Tonight Reporter The Star (A South African Publication) “Today marks the start of the second Ihlombe South African Choral Festival and Symposium. Visitors can expect 36 choirs, 11 concerts and several masterclasses, workshops and panel discussions… In keeping with one of the core beliefs of Classical Movements, and building on donations to the three benefactors of the last year, some of the profits from the concerts will be shared between South African groups that work to help under-privileged communities and youth programmes. Classical Movements, which specializes in travel arrangements for some of the world’s most famous orchestras, is also empowering local choirs by directly sharing the profits from ticket sales… Most of South Africa’s best choirs will be performing, including the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir.”


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Classical Movements specializes in custom travel arrangements for many of the world’s finest orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, London Philharmonic, and several other European and American Orchestras. Apart from orchestral tours, Classical Movements is a

leader in making concert and travel arrangements for professional level choirs like the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Pacific Boychoir,VocalEssence,Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and many more! Classical Movements has made travel and concert tour arrangements for

musical groups to and from 144 countries on six continents since 1992 The company also produces four other annual international

choral festivals, including the Rhapsody! International Music Festival, Vienna, Salzburg, & Prague; Serenade! Washington, DC Choral Festival; Melodia! In Cuba Choral Festival; and Prague Summer Nights, a summer academy for voice and orchestra musicians producing operas and concerts in Prague.   In addition, Classical Movements has commissioned 38 new

works for several of our long standing clients by composers from eleven different nationalities through its Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program.

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