Harrogate International Youth Festival
The Harrogate International Youth Festival in the English Midlands is in late
March or early April each year. This festival takes a more collaborative than
competitive approach, with each concert featuring a program by several
participating groups. There are also joint rehearsals of a major work
culminating in the grand Finale Concert in Harrogate’s Royal Hall. All of
the festival’s concert venues are historic buildings, among them the
Royal Hall, Ripon Cathedral, Fountains Abbey, Harewood House
and Newby Hall.
Stirling Bridge International Youth Arts Festival
Stirling Bridge International Youth Arts Festival in early July offers
performances in castle grounds, beautiful market towns, modern theatres
and ageless churches, culminating in a gala performance at Scotland’s
newest concert hall, the world-class Perth Concert Hall. The festival invites
groups from traditional folk to classical ensembles and jazz. During the
week are visits to Edinburgh, with its world famous Castle and Royal Mile;
Glasgow, Ayrshire, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, and Stirling itself with
its castle and long history.
Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is held in early July.
More than a competition, it is a celebration of music, dance, costume and
culture from nations around the world. There are competitions for every
kind of choir with special categories for instrumental ensembles and dance.
There are many opportunities to tour the region, participate in workshops
and give additional performances in towns and villages nearby.