England:

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.

Scotland:

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.

Wales:

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.