Harrogate International Youth Festival (HIYF) confirms further international attendance

25 February 2014

As the much loved Harrogate International Youth Festival (Music and Performing Arts) draws ever closer, music and dance groups from around the region have confirmed their attendance at the historic event, including two further international acts.

Taking place from 18thApril to the 24th April, audiences can look forward to hearing The Youth Wind Orchestra of the Velbert Music and Arts School. A 40 piece orchestra comprising boys and girls aged between 12 and 14, the performers are considered a flagship ensemble in their home city of Velbert. With a repertoire of symphonic wind pieces, popular tunes and musical film scores they are expected to entertain with their crowd rousing numbers.

In addition the HIYF Liaison Committee has successfully secured majority funding for a Rwanda Youth Choir to participate in the Festival. The choir, consisting mainly of orphans has been funded via a series of fundraising events coordinated by the committee as well as generous donations by Taylors of Harrogate, the Liz and Terry Bramall Charitable Trust and an Arts Council grant.

Colin Gibbs, HIYF Liaison Committee member commented: Everyone has worked incredibly hard to raise funds for the Rwanda Youth Choir and people have been very generous. Whilst we have raised the majority of the funds, there are more events planned in which we hope to reach our financial target.


Additional fundraising events include Primary Sing which will take place at Constance Green Hall, St Aiden’s, February 28th at 7pm. Conducted by Carmel Wake and Helen Mills, the event will bring together 250 key stage one and two pupils from Primary Schools across the Harrogate Area. Tickets can be purchased on the door for £5 with refreshments on sale along with raffle tickets prior to the concert.

For more information on the festival or Primary Sing please visit www.hiyf.co.uk or call 0844 858 1545.

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