International youth Festival
|| The first International
Youth Festival was held in 1969 in St Moritz in Switzerland, after
Blyth Major and Lionel Bryer conceived the idea of bringing together
youth orchestras from across the world.
In 1973, however, the festival moved to the UK and established a base
both in Aberdeen and London for the next five years. By 1978 though
Aberdeen had adopted the event as its own, and expanded it to incorporate
all forms of dance, jazz and choral music.
Over the past 20 years or so, the festival has grown significantly
and now includes two summer schools – The Splore Scottish
Traditional Music School and the Dance Summer School.
Last year the event organisers launched a Music Theatre Course,
and it was such a success that it will now be open to local youngsters
throughout the year.
The youth festival’s impressive worldwide reputation attracts
leading youth arts groups from across the globe, which flock to the
Granite City every August to perform at one of the festival’s
many venues, including His Majesty’s Theatre [map]
and the Lemon Tree [map].
To ensure that rural parts of Aberdeenshire don’t miss out on
the ten-day event, the festival also has a touring programme that
takes venues across North East Scotland.
The 2004 festival featured leading ballet schools from Asia and Europe,
celebrated European choirs, and leading international youth ensembles
from Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. But organisers say the
2005 festival, which takes place between the 3rd and 13th August
will be the biggest and best yet.