Ihlombe SA Choral Festival

Presented since 2009 as a culturally rich choral experience in dynamic settings like Cape Town, Pretoria, Johannesburg, and a Safari / Game park.

Future Dates:

2012: July 5-20

2013: July 4-19

IHLOMBE South African Choral Festival offers a one of a kind choral experience in dynamic settings like Cape Town, Pretoria, Johannesburg, as well as a scenic game park safari. Your choir will have the opportunity to perform with many excellent South African Choirs, as well as participate in workshops with famous Choral Conductors.

Your Choir will experience South African drumming, dancing, and their wonderful, unique singing. Do not miss this wonderful opportunity for your choir.

IHLOMBE activities include: • Individual Choir Concerts in world class Halls, Cathedrals, Universities and Schools with 25-30 minutes for each choir performing their own selections under the direction of their own choral director. • South African music workshops with several leading South African Choirs and Choral Conductors. • Cultural exchange events where you will experience African drumming, dancing as well as their wonderful and unique singing. • Sightseeing in Pretoria, Soweto, Cape Town, Stellenbosch Wine Country, as well as a game park safari experience.

Past Ihlombe Festival Choirs:

2011 Participating Choirs
CANTARE CHILDREN'S CHOIR - Alberton, South Africa
Ms. Ida Strydom, Music Director 
DRAKENSBERG BOYS' CHOIR - Winterton, South Africa
Mr. Johann van der Sandt, Music Director 
THE DUKE OF CORNWALL SINGERS - Randburg, South Africa
Mr. Rudi Olivier, Music Director 
HARMONIA GIRL'S CHOIR - Alberton, South Africa
Ms. Ida Strydom, Music Director 
IMILONJI KANTU CHORAL SOCIETY - Soweto, South Africa
Mr. Gobingca George Mxadana, Founder and Music Director 
KENSINGTON CHORALE - Cape Town, South Africa
Ms. Lizl Gaffley, Music Director 
MIAMI CHILDREN'S CHORUS - Miami, Florida, USA
Mr. Timothy Sharp, Music Director 
PRO CANTU YOUTH CHOIR - Cape Town, South Africa
Mr. Leon Starker, Music Director 
ST. MARK'S SCHOOL OF TEXAS BOYS CHOIR - Dallas, Texas, USA
Mr. Tinsley Silcox, Music Director 
ST. STITHIANS BOYS COLLEGE CHOIR - Randburg, South Africa
Mr. Rudi Olivier, Music Director

2010 Participating Choirs
ALL SAINTS BLIND CHOIR - Ga Rankuwa, South Africa
Dr. Norbett Ntuli, Music Director 
CAPE TOWN MALE VOICE CHOIR - Cape Town, South Africa
Ms. Margaret Barlow, Music Director 
CENESTRA MALE CHOIR - East Rand, South Africa
Mr. Elijah Themba Madlopha, Music Director 
CHANTICLEER SINGERS - Johannesburg, South Africa
Mr. Richard Cock, Music Director 
CHILDREN'S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON - Washington DC, USA
Ms. Joan Gregoryk, Music Director 
COLLEGE VOCAL DE LAVAL - Laval, Canada
Mr. Gregory Charles, Music Director 
CON SPIRITO ENSEMBLE – Bloemfontein, South Africa
Ms. Brigitte Botha, Music Director 
C&N ORANJE MEISIESKOOR – Bloemfontein, South Africa
Ms. Brigitte Botha, Music Director 
DF MALAN HIGH SCHOOL GIRL CHOIR - Cape Town, South Africa
Mr. Leon Starker, Music Director 
DRAKENSBERG BOY'S CHOIR - Winterton, South Africa
Mr. Johann van der Sandt, Music Director
Mr. Rykie Boeke, Assistant Conductor
EAST RAND YOUTH CHOIR - East Rand, South Africa  
Mr. Richter Grimbeek, Music Director
EKURHULENI CHILDREN'S CHOIR - Ekhurhuleni, South Africa
Ms. Christine Dercksen, Music Director 
ERUB CHILDREN'S CHOIR - Cape Town, South Africa
Mr. Peter Roux, Music Director 
FERRUM HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR - New Castle, South Africa
Mr. Walter Butt, Music Director 
HERSCHEL CHORALE - Cape Town, South Africa
Ms. Margaret Barlow, Music Director 
IMILONJI KANTU CHORAL SOCIETY - Soweto, South Africa
Mr. Gobingca George Mxadana, Founder and Music Director 
JAKARANDA CHILDREN'S CHOIR; Michael Barrett - Pretoria, South Africa
Mr. Michael Barrett, Music Director 
KENSINGTON CHORALE - Cape Town, South Africa
Ms. Lizl Gaffley, Music Director 
MANYANO HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR- Khayelitsha, South Africa
Lizwi Dlilanga, Music Director 
MASONWABE ADULT CHOIR – Langa, South Africa
Zolisa Sodinga, Music Director 
MECER CITY OF TYGERBERG CHOIR - Tygerberg, South Africa
Mr. Rudolf de Beer, Artistic Director 
NELSON MANDELA METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY LE-STRADA CHORALE – Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Nkosinathi Sidondi, Music Director 
NORCO CHOIR, NORCO COLLEGE - Norco, California, USA
Ms. Dina Humble, Music Director 
NORTHERN KWAZULU-NATAL YOUTH CHOIR - New Castle, South Africa
Mr. Walter Butt, Music Director 
PRETORIA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR - Pretoria, South Africa
Mr. Michael Barrett, Music Director 
PALISSANDER CHAMBER CHOIR - Pretoria, South Africa
Ms. Sarita Hauptfeisch, Music Director 
PRO CANTU YOUTH CHOIR - Cape Town, South Africa
Mr. Leon Starker, Music Director 
RANDBURG HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR - Randburg, South Africa
Mr. Richter Grimbeek, Music Director 
SINGERS MARIN GIRL CHOIR - San Francisco, California, USA
Jan Pedersen Schiff, Music Director 
SOUTH CAPE CHILDREN'S CHOIR - George, South Africa
Mr. Jan-Erik Swart, Music Director 
STATISTICS SOUTH AFRICA CHOIR - Pretoria, South Africa
Ms. Anna Setshogoe, Music Director 
UNIVERSITAS PRIMARY SCHOOL CHOIR – Bloemfontein, South Africa
Maretha Steyn, Music Director 
UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG CHOIR - Johannesburg, South Africa
Ms. Renette Bouwer, Artistic Director
Mr. Sidumo Jacobs, African Music Specialist 
UNIVERSITY OF THE FREE STATE CHORAL CHOIR – Bloemfontein, South Africa
Mr. Edward Shago, Conductor 
UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE CHOIR - Cape Town, South Africa
Mr. Peter Roux, Music Director 
WITS CHOIR, UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND - Johannesburg, South Africa
Ms. Dalene Hoogenhout, Music Director

2009 Participating Choirs
AFRICAN CHORD MELODIES - Gugulethu, South Africa
Mr. Bongani Magatyana, Music Director 
CENESTRA MALE CHOIR – Dayveton, South Africa
Mr. Elijah Themba Madlopha, Music Director 
CHAMBER CHOIR OF SOUTH AFRICA - East Rand, South Africa
Mr. Michael Dingaan, Music Director 
THE DRAKENSBERG BOYS' CHOIR - Winterton, South Africa
Mr. Johann van der Sandt, Music Director 
FEZEKA HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR - Gugulethu, South Africa
Mr. Phumelele Tsewu, Music Director 
IMILONJI KANTU CHORAL SOCIETY - Soweto, South Africa
Mr. Gobingca George Mxadana, Founder and Music Director 
MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY CHOIR, Baltimore, MD, USA
Mr. Eric Conway, Music Director 
MPUMALANGA YOUTH CHOIR - Mpumalanga, South Africa
Ms. Surette Prinsloo, Music Director 
PACIFIC BOYCHOIR - Oakland, CA, USA
Mr. Kevin Fox, Artistic Director 
SOWETO GOSPEL CHOIR - Soweto, South Africa
Ms. Beverly Bryer, Executive Producer / Director
Mr. David Mulovhedzi, Founding Musical Director 
STELLENBOSCH MADRIGAL SINGERS - Stellenbosch, South Africa
Mr. Rudolf de Beer, Music Director 
STELLENBOSCH KONSERVATORIUM VOCAL ENSEMBLE - Stellenbosch, South Africa
Mr. Rudolf de Beer, Music Director 
SYMPHONY CHOIR OF JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg, South Africa
Mr. Richard Cock, Music Director 
YALE WHIFFENPOOFS - Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
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Comments of Past Tour Groups

"South Africa is an extraordinary destination for choral music, and the team at Classical Movements helped us create an unforgettable trip. The musical collaborations and the extra musical experiences were superb. The great beauty of the country, the wild life, the high standards of hotels, meals and venues and the warmth of the people were better than we could have wished for." Jeffrey Douma, Musical Director, Yale Alumni Chorus; Assistant Professor of Choral Music, Yale School of Music

Classical Movements proved to be the best decision we made for our trip to South Africa. Their staff was efficient, friendly and dependable. Our guide - incredible! With 25 years of touring, I have never experienced such a supportive and dependable company. Craig Denison - Artistic Director, Florida Singing Sons BoyChoir

Thank you so much for an absolutely amazing trip to South Africa! I still cannot put theklaa experience or my gratitude into words but here is an attempt! Our students have been completely effusive about the entire experience and the positive feedback keeps coming from parents as well. As we got on the bus to go to the airport, I handed out the itinerary folders and all the adults were blown away by how everything was organized. (Our headmaster saw the luggage tags and said: Wow, I didnt realize this is a first-class trip!) I thank you for all your patience and hard work to pull the trip together. Your excitement and knowledge about South Africa truly rubbed off on me and our students. I was extremely impressed by the customized extras that you were able to organize for us, like all of the dinners with the choirs, and our trip to (the orphanage), and our visit to the embassy, just to name a few. Best of all, I was more relaxed on the tour than I had been in months! THANK YOU! Colin Lynch, Conductor of the Choir of St. Paul's School.