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Wednesday 29 July

Aberdeenshire Youth Theatre: Our Scotland Festival Ceilidh for participants

Lemon Tree University of Aberdeen

7.00pm 8.00pm

Thursday 30 July

Welcome Ceremony Aberdeenshire Youth Theatre: Our Scotland Patrick Kunka Quartet

His Majesty’s Theatre Lemon Tree Lemon Tree

3.00pm 7.00pm 8.30pm

Friday 31 July

Lunchtime Music Chamber Series: Bostanci Doga College Music Ensemble Balmoral Group Splore School Sharing Aberdeenshire Youth Theatre: Our Scotland Choral Evening Noordhollands Orchestra Ceol Mor Later at the Lemon Tree

Lemon Tree Queen’s Cross Church Newkings Building Lemon Tree Holburn West Church His Majesty’s Theatre Beach Ballroom Lemon Tree

12.30pm 3.00pm 3.00pm 7.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 8.00pm 9.00pm

Saturday 1 August

Chamber Series: NESMS Colin Brockie & Richard Bailey Lunchtime Music: SCAT SYT: Performance Course Chamber Series: Pure Brass & Hi Notes Welcome to Scotland Concert Project Y (Y Dance) & Oxford Youth Dance Later at the Lemon Tree

Cowdray Hall Lemon Tree Lemon Tree Cowdray Hall His Majesty’s Theatre Lemon Tree Lemon Tree

11.00am 12.30pm 1.00pm 3.00pm 7.30pm 8.00pm 9.00pm

Sunday 2 August

Festival Parade Festival in the City Lunchtime Jazz: The Sideline Quartet YMT: UK (Peter Pan) Burns Ceilidh

Union Street City Centre Lemon Tree Arts Centre Beach Ballroom

11.00am 12.30pm 12.30pm 7.00pm 7.00pm

Monday 3 August

Chamber Series: ACMS Lunchtime Concert: Shell RSAMD Opera Residency Chamber Music Competition YMT: UK: Peter Pan YMT: UK: Peter Pan Basque Youth Orchestra SYT: Hamlet

Zeste Elphinstone Hall Queen’s Cross Church Aberdeen Arts Centre Aberdeen Arts Centre His Majesty’s Theatre Lemon Tree

11.00am 1.00pm 3.00pm 3.00pm 7.00pm 7.30pm 8.00pm

Tuesday 4 August

Chamber Series: NESMS SYT: Hamlet Chamber Series: Petra Paskova Dance Show Opera Concert PACE: Romeo & Juliet

Ferryhill Church Lemon Tree Queen’s Cross Church Aberdeen Arts Centre Elphinstone Hall Lemon Tree

11.00am 1.00pm 3.00pm 7.00pm 7.30pm 8.00pm

Wednesday 5 August

Chamber Series: George Duthie & Sean Shibe A Picture of the Enlightenment Good Vibrations PACE – Romeo & Juliet Chamber Series: Seenu Singh Opera Masterclass Dance Show NYOS PACE – Romeo & Juliet

Zeste Elphinstone Hall Beach Ballroom Lemon Tree Craigiebuckler Church Elphinstone Hall Aberdeen Arts Centre His Majesty’s Theatre Lemon Tree

11.00am 2.00pm 2.30pm 3.00pm 3.00pm 5.00 - 6.30pm, 7.30 - 9.00pm 7.00pm 7.30pm 7.00pm

Thursday 6 August

Chamber Series: St Mary’s Music School Umkhathi Theatre Company: African Tales Chamber Series: Ogston Prize Winner Chamber Series: Ian Watt Umkhathi Theatre Company: African Tales Dreamfighter Dreamfighter Chamber Series: Ian Watt + Lauren Steel Festival Dance Gala Stavanger Jazz Ensemble & Groove Academy

St.Mary’s Church, King St Lemon Tree Ferryhill Church Holburn West Church Lemon Tree Queen’s Cross Church Queen’s Cross Church Foyer Restaurant His Majesty’s Theatre Lemon Tree

11.00am 11.00am 1.00pm 3.00pm 3.00pm 5.00pm 7.30pm Evening 7.30pm 8.30pm

Friday 7 August

Chamber Series: Pequenos Violinos de Metropolitana Lunchtime Music: Ian Watt & Lauren steel Lunchtime Concert: Shell RSAMD Opera Residency Chamber Series: Christopher Baxter & Laura Sergeant Little Larks Umkhathi Theatre Company: African Tales Voices across the Sea Choral Concert

Queen’s Cross Church Lemon Tree MacRobert Hall, Univ of Abdn Craigiebuckler Church tbc Lemon Tree His Majesty’s Theatre

11.00am 12.30pm 1.00pm 3.00pm 5.00pm 7.00pm 7.30pm

Saturday 8 August

Little Larks Dance Lab Sharing Chamber Series: Alba Quartet International Variety Gala

tbc Harlaw Academy Cowdray Hall His Majesty’s Theatre

11.00am 11.00am 3.00pm 7.30pm

Welcome to the 37th Aberdeen International Youth Festival. The Festival is a unique platform for young talent and a celebration of youthful creativity and innovation. This year we are welcoming an astonishing array of talent from across the world, including dancers and traditional storytellers from Africa, ballet and traditional dance from the Caribbean, classical music from India and singers from Norway, as well as whole lot more.

This year we have developed our Chamber series, increasing the number of concerts to enable us to feature more wonderful musicians from the North East and beyond. As well as our headline galas and concerts in His Majesty’s Theatre, we have a wide range of other theatre and dance shows along with concerts and a Ceilidh celebrating the Scottish year of the Homecoming. Following on from last year’s success, Festival in the City on Sunday 2 August will bring the Festival into the city centre with free performances and events, alongside the Gordon Highlanders Beating the Retreat and international market stalls.

Once again the important Extended Festival programme will be taking many shows out and about from Arbroath to Aberlour, Inverurie to Inverness and Peterhead to Perth. We also have a great range of special ticket offers, including Family Tickets and incredible discounts on the Festival Pass so you can see a whole range of Festival shows for as little as £2.50 a show. See page 23 for details. Come share the excitement and try something new! Stewart Aitken AIYF Artistic Director Whilst the programme details were correct at the time of print, please understand that we may have had to make some changes, so reserve the right to make discretionary changes as and where required

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Acknowledgements Aberdeen City Council Events Team Aberdeen Performing Arts Academy Shopping Centre Arts & Business Scotland Arbroath Improvement Trust Bon Accord St Nicholas Centre Children’s Hospice Association Scotland David Gordon Memorial Foundation Evening Express Finnies the Jeweller

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Gordon Highlanders Museum Jennie S Gordon Memorial Foundation The Mall Aberdeen NEPAM Press & Journal RSAMD Ribnort Ltd St Nicholas Kirk The Seven Incorporated Trades of Aberdeen The Society of Friends of Brechin Cathedral Tiger Tiger

Diamond Stars: Mr R and Mrs P Finnie GSS Developments (ABD) Ltd Professor E Russell Mrs L Sim Mrs R E M Tayler Dr H and Mrs J Wilson The Festival Stars are donors who have supported the Festival, enabling our exciting work to continue. Festival Stars help assist the international arts companies taking part in the Festival and enables the Festival to continue its education projects creating opportunities for local young people.

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Wednesday 29 July

Friday 31 July

Aberdeenshire Youth Theatre Our Scotland

Lunchtime Music The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street 12.30pm Free

The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street 7pm Tickets: £5 +50p bf

Lunchtime music from the young Festival participants.

‘Wir comin by the boatload – Wir doon the end o your road Wir no awa tae bide awa.’ Our take on Homecoming year and all things Scottish, in the style of the nation’s favourite form of entertainment – the television. Fiddles, bagpipes, sheep, castles, Burns, tatties, tartan, porridge and a look at the life of the ordinary Scot. Funded by the Aberdeenshire Council Homecoming Scotland 2009 Sponsored by

Splore Showing

Choral Evening with Viva!

New Kings Building, University of Aberdeen 1pm Tickets: free

Holburn West Church, 9 Ashley Park Drive 7.30pm Tickets: £5 (+50p bf)

Showing of work by students taking part in the Balmoral Splore Traditional Music School.

Viva! last visited the Festival on 2002 as Sandnes Music School Choir and delighted audiences with their mix of classical songs, Norwegian folk music and medleys from the musicals.

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Ceol Mor

Ceol Mor performs new arrangements of traditional material for trad instruments (fiddles, accordions, pipes, clarsach) along with cello, piano, bass, drums and brass. The result is a variety of interesting new compositions and great music!

Thursday 30 July Chamber Series Bostanci Doga College Music Ensemble The Sanctuary, Queens Cross Church, Albyn Place 3pm Tickets: £5 (+10% bf) An afternoon of violin, recorder and choral music from students at the Bostanci Doga College Music in Turkey.

Aberdeenshire Youth Theatre Our Scotland Welcome Ceremony His Majesty’s Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct 3pm Tickets: £1 (free to Friends of the Festival) Official Festival Opening and welcome to the participants. Participant National Anthems played by the Noordhollands Youth Orchestra. A colourful celebration to which all public are warmly invited.

Aberdeenshire Youth Theatre Our Scotland The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street 7pm Tickets: £5 (+10% bf) ‘Wir comin by the boatload – Wir doon the end o your road Wir no awa tae bide awa.’ Our take on Homecoming year and all things Scottish, in the style of the nation’s favourite form of entertainment – the television. Fiddles, bagpipes, sheep, castles, Burns, tatties, tartan, porridge and a look at the life of the ordinary Scot. Funded by the Aberdeenshire Council Homecoming Scotland 2009

Patrick Kunka Quartet The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street 8.30pm Tickets: £10/£8 (+10% bf) Aberdonian drummer and composer Patrick Kunka presents a transatlantic project featuring some of the top students from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. The Patrick Kunka Quartet includes award winning Scottish students Alan Benzie (piano), Leah GoughCooper (saxophones), Patrick Kunka (drums and compositions), and US bass player Dylan Coleman. Performing original music from their new CD “The Edge” recorded February 2009, expect an energetic mixture of hard-swinging and cutting- edge contemporary jazz. This will be an unmissable gig!

The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street 7pm Tickets: £5 (+50p bf) Set in a TV Studio, this new piece written for Homecoming Scotland explores Scotland and Scottishness, with a variety of engaging and quirky characters, Burns’ songs and original music. Funded by the Aberdeenshire Council Homecoming Scotland 2009 Sponsored by

Beach Ballroom, Beach Boulevard Tickets: £10 / Concessions &Friends: £6 (+10% bf)

Later at the Lemon Tree The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street 9pm Tickets: tbc

Noordhollands Youth Orchestra His Majesty’s Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct 7.30pm Tickets: Dress Circle £12 / Front Stalls &Upper Circle £9 / Rear stalls £6 (+£1 bf) Concessions and Friends £3 off. This leading young Dutch orchestra visit Aberdeen for the first time. The Noordhollands Youth Orchestra was founded in 1962, aiming to provide a platform for youngsters aged 12 to 26 to gain experience playing in an orchestra. It now draws 90 young people from the small schools across the county of Noord-Holland. Debussy Kortekaas Bantock Rachmaninov

Marche ecossaise sur un theme populaire Opdrachtwerk Ouverture to a Greek Tragedy Symphonic Dances

Full Spektrum – a host of dedicated young junglists bring their diverse selection of drum and bass, jungle and dubstep from across the spectrum to the Youth Festival and Lemon Tree for the first time.

Special Offers: Festival Pass see 20 shows priced £5 for £2.50 each. See page 23 for details Box Office: 01224 641122 boxofficeaberdeen.com

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Saturday 1 August

Sunday 2 August

Project Y (YDance) & Oxford Youth Dance

Lunchtime Jazz: The Sideline Quartet

The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street 8pm Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf)

The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street 12.30pm Free

YDance brings together the best young dancers Scotland has to offer for Project Y 2009 (Scotland’s Contemporary Youth Dance Company). Joined by Oxford Youth Dance, audiences can look forward to an exciting programme of new contemporary dance work.

Chris Barr - tenor/soprano saxophone Ben Sinkie - piano / Alan Anderson - bass Ross Dryburgh - drums The Sideline Quartet is a versatile and exciting young group of musicians based in Aberdeen with a wide repertoire, encompassing everything from established standards and classic show tunes, to cool grooves and little-known gems.

Festival Parade

Chamber Series NESMS: Colin Brockie (Baritone) & Richard Bailey (Piano)

Union Street 11am

YMT:UK Peter Pan

AIYF participants, pipe bands and celebrities will join together for a spectacular parade down Union Street, as part of the Homecoming celebrations.

Aberdeen Arts Centre, 33 King Street 7pm Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf)

The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street 1pm Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf)

Cowdray Hall, Schoolhill 11am Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf) Students from North East of Scotland Music School, with a programme including pieces by Chopin, Debussy and Joplin.

The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street 12.30pm Free Lunchtime music from young musicians from the Scottish Culture & Traditions Association. SC&T is run by people who love tradition and want to help everyone else appreciate the cultural heritage of Scotland.

Gallowgate Festival St Margaret’s Church, St Margaret’s Brae 10am - 2pm Free AIYF are delighted to provide a number of performers to this year’s Gallowgate Festival which will also feature organ and instrumental music plus a fantastic flower festival. To be opened by Lord Provost Peter Stephen.

Writer – Nick Stimson Composer – Jimmy Jewell

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An improvised piece based on work the students have developed during the two week course in Aberdeen.

Chamber Series Pure Brass & Hi Notes

Lunchtime Music SC&T

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Scottish Youth Theatre Performance Course

Cowdray Hall, Schoolhill 3pm Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf) Pure Brass is a vibrant, young and well established brass quintet formed in 2006 at the RSAMD. Their concert includes Partita on a Krakov Fanfare by Philip Wilby, Handel’s Sarabande, Die Bankelsangerlieder, Superguy from Jimbo’s Aliens by David Wilson and 12th Street Rag by Euday Bowmen. Hi Notes is an ensemble consisting of ten Deaf young musicians, who are members of the Deaf Youth Orchestra of West Yorkshire. They have developed a highly accomplished compositional and performance repertoire and won the New Group Composition Award at the finals of the National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham as well as performing at the Music for Youth Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2008.

Burns Ceilidh

Welcome to Scotland Concert

Family Ticket - Any of the £5 shows for £16 for a family (up to 4 people)

His Majesty’s Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct 7.30pm Tickets: Dress Circle / Front Stalls £12, Upper Circle / Mid Stalls £9, Rear Stalls £6 (+£1 bf)

See page 23 for details Box Office: 01224 641122 boxofficeaberdeen.com

A night of music and dance celebrating Scotland’s cultural heritage and links with guests from around the world, including dancers from African and the Bahamas, Hi Notes Music Ensemble, a Canadian steel band and a Norwegian choir, all hosted by AIYF’s own traditional big band Ceol Mor.

Festival in the City 12.30 – 3.45 Aberdeen City Centre Part of Aberdeen’s Tartan Day and Homecoming Scotland

The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street 9pm Tickets: £tbc

Join us in celebrating Homecoming – the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns. Aberdeen will come alive with a dazzling Tartan Day festival of parades, markets, concerts and historical events.

Four local Aberdeen City bands take to the Lemon Tree stage as part of a showcase of local talent.

The day of city centre festivities will include the Wallace 700 celebration and culminate with Gordon Highlanders International Beating Retreat.

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Directed by Christian Durham with Music Director Dean Austin, from the new production of Zorro, this new musical of JM Barrie’s classic tale, returns Peter Pan to its powerful and magical roots and re-invents it for the 21st century - not a pantomime or bedtime story but an unforgettable adventure that takes us from the ordinary to the extraordinary. A story of fear and enchantment discovering a place that time has forgotten...

An evening of traditional Scottish entertainment, with music, song, poetry and drama all brought to you by another generation of Scots inspired by the work of Burns. The cast will feature a range of local and national young Burnsian of the year winners including the newly crowned 2009 champions. Along with these local & national star performers we have invited some special guests to be part of the celebration including senior members of Scottish Youth Theatre Productions sharing an off-beat view of Burns and international performers from Russia. Music by Fiddlestix ceilidh band. In partnership with the World Burns Federation

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Later at the Lemon Tree

“But wouldn’t it just be an awfully big adventure? The final jape, great escape, avoid the scrape and damn the boy who says he cannot die.”

Beach Ballroom, Beach Boulevard 7.00pm Tickets £10, Concessions £6 Tickets plus trad Scottish food £15, Conc £11 (please arrive 30 mins early if having food)

10 city centre stages Showcasing AIYF’s international talent alongside local young performers in the streets and shopping centres.

Local, national and international talent All afternoon, across the city centre there will be an exciting, jam-packed schedule of performances. A full range of entertainment, suitable for all the family, including drummers, traditional music, song, exotic dance and street theatre. Come along and experience the colour, music and festival buzz for free! Share the excitement – see something new. Sponsored by

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Monday 3 August

Tuesday 4 August

Chamber Series ACMS: Hannah Macbeth, Mhairi Macfarlane, Lucy Neil & Tom Neil

Chamber Series Norman Cooper Chamber Music Competition

Zeste, High St, University of Aberdeen, Old Abdn 11am Tickets: £5 includes coffee and a cake (+ 10% bf)

The Sanctuary, Queens Cross Church, Albyn Place 3pm Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf)

Treat yourself to a morning cup of coffee and a cake with music from talented young players at Aberdeen City Music School – a mix of solos and ensemble pieces for voice, Saxophone, Cello and Bassoon.

The Chamber Music Competition has been running since the Festival began. It is open to any chamber ensemble taking part in the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, and to local young musicians who live or study in the area.

Basque Youth Orchestra His Majesty’s Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct 7.30pm Tickets: Dress Circle / Front Stalls £12, Upper Circle / Mid Stalls £9, Rear Stalls £6 (+£1 bf) A. Khachaturian N. Rimsky Korsakov

Concerto for piano and orchestra Scheherazade. Op 35

A popular programme including Khachaturian’s Concerto for piano and orchestra and one of the world’s most beloved symphonic compositions; Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

Contact Festival office for details on how to apply.

Shell RSAMD Opera & Song residency Lunchtime Song Elphinstone Hall, Kings College, University of Abdn 1pm Tickets: Free, donations welcome A varied and entertaining programme of song, informally introduced and performed by talented young artists from the RSAMD. Sponsored by

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YMT:UK Peter Pan Aberdeen Arts Centre, 33 King Street 3pm & 7pm Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf) Writer – Nick Stimson Composer – Jimmy Jewell “But wouldn’t it just be an awfully big adventure? The final jape, great escape, avoid the scrape and damn the boy who says he cannot die.”

Special Offers: Festival Pass - See 10 shows priced £5 for £3.50 each See page 23 for details Box Office: 01224 641122 boxofficeaberdeen.com

Directed by Christian Durham with Music Director Dean Austin, from the new production of Zorro, this new musical of JM Barrie’s classic tale, returns Peter Pan to its powerful and magical roots and re-invents it for the 21st century - not a pantomime or bedtime story but an unforgettable adventure that takes us from the ordinary to the extraordinary. A story of fear and enchantment, discovering a place that time has forgotten...

Scottish Youth Theatre Hamlet The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street 8.00pm Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf) This re-interpretation with a modern twist of Shakespeare’s most famous play sees the infamous titular character played as a woman. Artistic Director, Mary McCluskey is no stranger to adapting Shakespeare and making the plays accessible to young people. SYT Productions have toured nationally with Macbeth in 2000 and Romeo and Juliet in 2003. “another fine example of how to rethink Shakespeare and make it really work .... a beautifully modulated performance .... an exciting production .... spellbinding”’ SYT’s Macbeth (Mail on Sunday****)

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Chamber Series NESMS: Kay Ritchie (Flute) & Cheryl Bell (Oboe)

Shell RSAMD Opera & Song residency Opera Gala Concert

Ferryhill Church, Fonthill Road 11am Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf)

Elphinstone Hall, Kings College, University of Abdn 7.30pm Tickets: £10 (£6) +10% bf

Kay and Cheryl, both psychology students at the University of Aberdeen, will play a selection of solo pieces plus duets for flute and oboe.

A thrilling evening of opera and song favourites, informally presented by students taking part in the Shell RSAMD Opera Residency, music from such composers as Mozart and Puccini, including many breathtaking arias and duets, backed by musicians from the RSAMD and directed by Mark Hathaway and Tim Dean (RSAMD Opera School Director & RSNO Chorus Director).

Chamber Series Petra Paskova (Piano) Scottish Youth Theatre: Hamlet The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street 1pm Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf) This re-interpretation with a modern twist of Shakespeare’s most famous play sees the infamous titular character played as a woman. Artistic Director, Mary McCluskey is no stranger to adapting Shakespeare, making the plays accessible to young people. SYT Productions have toured nationally with Macbeth in 2000 and Romeo and Juliet in 2003.

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The Sanctuary, Queens Cross Church, Albyn Place 3pm Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf)

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Petra Paskova, currently a graduate student in music at the University of Aberdeen is last year’s winner of the Ogston Music Prize. Her expressive playing has been described as “blowing away all the mists of uncertainty and making the music come shining through with dazzling clarity.”

Ballet Prague, Happy Feet from Norway and Ruciteme-Culture from Burundi

Family Ticket - Also available on Orchestral, Jazz, Traditional Music & Choral Events

Aberdeen Arts Centre, 33 King Street 7.00pm Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf)

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An entertaining mix of ballet, contemporary and traditional dance styles, from these leading young dancers from Europe and Africa.

PACE Theatre Company Romeo & Juliet The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street 8pm Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf) First performed at PACE’s annual Arts festival in Paisley, this abridged production of Romeo & Juliet, performed by 20 young actors, uses the enduring themes raised in this classic and applies them to the youth of today, creating an energetic and fast moving production.

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Wednesday 5 August

Thursday 6 August

Chamber Series RSAMD: George Duthie (Piano) & Sean Shibe (Guitar)

Chamber Series St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh St. Mary’s Church, Kings Street 11am Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf)

Zeste, High St, University of Aberdeen, Old Abdn 11am Tickets: £5 includes coffee and a cake (+ 10% bf)

Programme: Haydn Bartok Schubert

Pianist George and classical guitarist Sean will be playing a mix of original works and transcriptions for piano and guitar.

Lyell Cresswell

Mozart

Flute Quartet Duos for two violins String Trio in one movement in Bb major Variations on ‘Songs my mother taught me’ by Charles Ives for cello & flute Flute Quartet

Chamber Series Seenu Singh – Chopin Recital

Shell RSAMD Opera and Song residency - Masterclass

Chamber Series Ian Watt

Craigiebuckler Church, Springfield Road 3pm Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf)

Elphinstone Hall, Kings College, University of Abdn 5pm - 6.30pm / 7.30pm - 9.00pm Tickets: Free, Donations Welcome

Holburn West Church, 9 Ashley Park Drive 11am Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf)

Seenu graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Flanders in Antwerp, Belgium. He presents the Chopin Recital, including Fantasie-Impromptu and Nocturne Op. 27 No. 1 and No. 2.

Be a fly on the wall! This is your chance to see ‘behind the scenes’ and observe an experienced and distinguished opera singer coach and advise young artists at the start of their careers

Festival favourite, Ian Watt, has been described as “one of Scotland’s foremost young guitarists”. He regularly gives recitals in venues across the UK and Europe and has performed as a soloist with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Philharmonic Orchestra and the City of London Sinfonia.

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A Picture of the Enlightenment Elphinstone Hall, Kings College, University of Abdn 2.00pm Tickets: £tbc (+ 10% bf) Around 15 young performers, all excellent exponents of Burns’ music, verse or song, have been brought together to present this world premiere production “A Portrait of the Scottish Enlightenment”. A theatrical afternoon of debate, discussion and diversions, including refreshments, all set in the historic backdrop of the University of Aberdeen’s Elphinstone Hall. In partnership with the World Burns Federation

Good Vibrations Beach Ballroom, Beach Boulevard 2.30pm Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf) A family friendly exploration of drumming and rhythm making, with the Toronto All Stars Steel Orchestra from Canada, African dancers and Bankhead Academy’s Steel Band. This concert will offer an opportunty for audiences of all ages to join in the vibrations

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PACE Theatre Company Romeo & Juliet The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street 3pm & 7pm Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf) First performed at PACE’s annual Arts festival in Paisley, this abridged production of Romeo & Juliet, performed by 20 young actors, uses the enduring themes raised in this classic and applies them to the youth of today, creating an energetic and fast moving production. Directed by PACE founder and Director – David Wallace

National Dance Company of the Bahamas, Royal Art Group Alkuone & Edo State Arts Company from Ghana Aberdeen Arts Centre, 33 King Street 7.00pm Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf)

Bach Sonata in a minor BWV 1001 Paganini Grand Sonata M. S. 3 Castelnuovo - Tedesco Sonata (In memoriam Boccherini) Op. 77

The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland with Alexander Baillie His Majesty’s Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct 7.30pm Tickets: Dress Circle / Front Stalls £12, Upper Circle / Mid Stalls £9, Rear Stalls £6 +£1 bf Dvorák Lutoslawski R Strauss

Overture op. 67 Cello Concerto Ein Heldenleben

Alexander Baillie, internationally recognised as one of the finest cellists of his generation, joins the cream of Scotland’s young musical talent in an exciting and rare performance of Lutoslawsi’s unusual Cello Concerto. Revered conductor Takuo Yuasa leads, as this energetic and dynamic ensemble also performs Dvorák’s powerfully nationalistic Hussite Concerto and Strauss’s epic tone poem, Ein Heldenleben, the composer’s autobiographical ode to a hero’s journey through love and life. Experience the future of classical music in a unique and entertaining concert, guaranteed to inspire. Sponsored by

AIYF’s second dance night, featuring dynamic flag dance and acrobatics and lively choreography from talented passionate young dancers from Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.

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Festival Dance Gala His Majesty’s Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct 7.30pm Tickets: DC / Front Stalls - £19.50 / Mid Stalls - £17.50 / Upper Circle - £14.50 / Rear Stalls - £10.50 / Balcony - £7.50(+ bf £1) Concessions and Friends of AIYF £3 off “As a compilation programme of dance it was flawless” - Press & Journal. As many different dance styles as we can fit into one night! Ballet, contemporary, Caribbean, Bahamian, African traditional dance and choreographed flag acrobatics, with companies from the Bahamas, Belgium, Burundi, Czech Republic, Ghana, Norway and the UK. Sponsored by

Umkhathi Theatre Company African Tales The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street 3pm & 7pm Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf) This highly thought of Zimbabwean theatre company make a welcome return to AIYF, bringing an imaginative and powerful storytelling tradition presented through music, dance, song and theatre.

Chamber Series Kay Ritchie - Ogston Prize Winner

Dreamfighter NYCoS & Scottish Ensemble The Sanctuary, Queens Cross Church, Albyn Place 5pm & 7.30pm Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf) Based on the short stories by Ted Hughes, Dreamfighter presents an enchanting and provocative perspective on how the natural world came to be. As God and his mother hammer away in their workshop, the Scottish Ensemble will capture the bustle, moods and colour of his new creations and the NYCoS Girls Choir will sing the songs of these bewildered creatures as they lope, mope, scurry, wing and rage, struggling to be born.

Ferryhill Church, Fonthill Road 1pm Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf)

The 5.00pm performance will also feature local Aberdeen Youth Choir Music 4U who will be participating in workshops with the Scottish Ensemble as part of the project

The 2009 University of Aberdeen, Ogston Prize winner will perform a varied programme for flute.

This new commission is coming to the Aberdeen International Youth Festival from its premiere at the Lichfield Festival in July 2009.

Stavanger University Jazz Ensemble & Groove Academy The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street 8.30pm Tickets: £10/8 (+ bf) Stavanger University Jazz Ensemble, is made up of leading students from the Jazz Conservatory of Stavanger. They’re joined by students from the Groove Academy from London in a double bill of refreshingly vibrant, creative and accessible jazz. Sponsored by

The annual Ogston prize is sponsored by Prof Derek Ogston and is open to all students from the University of Aberdeen

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Friday 7 August

Saturday 8 August

Little Larks Take Flight Northfield, venue tbc 11.00am Tickets: £3, Concessions and Friends of AIYF £2 (+ 10% bf) This performance is the result of an exciting new project between AIYF and Little Larks, a new music and performance company based in Glasgow.

Chamber Series Pequenos Violinos da Metropolitana The Sanctuary, Queen’s Cross Church 11am Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf) This light and accessible programme includes Brahms, Bach, Vivaldi, Handel and a selection of popular songs. The students, part of the Metropolitan Conservatory of Music in Lisbon, range in age from 3 to 16 years old and over 50 of them will be coming to Aberdeen for the festival.

Chamber Series Christopher Baxter (Piano) & Laura Sargeant (Cello) Craigiebuckler Church, Springfield Road 3pm Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf) Performing this vibrant programme, including Beethoven and Debussy are local musician Christopher Baxter and fellow RSAMD student Laura Sargeant.

Umkhathi Theatre Company African Tales The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street 7.00pm Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf)

The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street 12.30pm Free Ian Watt & fellow RSAMD student Lauren Steel will present a mixed programme of classical guitar and cello.

Shell RSAMD Opera and song Residency Lunchtime Song MacRobert Building, King Street, University of Aberdeen 1pm Tickets: Free, Donations welcome

Little Larks Take Flight Northfield, venue tbc 11.00am Tickets: £3, Concessions and Friends of AIYF £2 (+ 10% bf) This performance is the result of an exciting new project between AIYF and Little Larks, a new music and performance company based in Glasgow. Little Larks will work with local young people in the Northfield area of Aberdeen over a week exploring song and singing. The performance will include a new festival composition in a project that will involve developing teamwork and communication skills, and increasing self-confidence as well as experiencing the enjoyment of performance. Contact the AIYF office for information on how to get involved. Sponsored by

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Cowdray Hall, Schoolhill 3pm Tickets: £5 (+ 10% bf) The Alba Quartet is a young, vibrant Scottish-based ensemble made up of graduates of the RSAMD and the Royal College of Music. The Quartet was awarded the inaugural Enterprise Music Scotland residency project, which led to performances and tours throughout the country, and the commissioning of David Fennessey’s “bow your head”, which premiered at the 2008 S-O-U-N-D Festival. They were also the resident musicians for the 2008 AIYF Compose competition and will include the winning piece as part of their programme.

His Majesty’s Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct 7.30pm Tickets: Dress Circle / Front Stalls £12, Upper Circle / Mid Stalls £9, Rear Stalls £6 (+£1 bf) A choral extravaganza featuring NYCoS National Girls Choir, Viva Sandnes choir and Ås childrens choir both from Norway, in a wonderful showcase of young voices.

Later at the Lemon Tree The Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street 9pm Tickets: £tbc The ‘Outside the City’ night of music will showcase top young bands from Aberdeenshire. For up to date details see www.boxofficeaberdeen.com

International Variety Gala His Majesty’s Theatre, Rosemount Viaduct 7.30pm Tickets: DC / Front Stalls - £23.50 / Mid Stalls - £20.50 /Upper Circle - £17.00 / Rear Stalls - £13.50 / Balcony - £9.50 (+ bf £1) Concessions and Friends of AIYF - £3 off Our most popular show – a spectacular night of highlights from the best of the Festival. Experience the true magic of the Festival, featuring a range of music, dance and theatre from the world’s most talented young performers.

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This highly thought of Zimbabwean theatre company makes a welcome return to AIYF, bringing an imaginative and powerful storytelling tradition presented through music, dance, song and theatre.

Voices Across the Sea Lunchtime Music Ian Watt & Lauren Steel

Little Larks will work with local young people in the Northfield area of Aberdeen over a week exploring song and singing. The performance will include a new festival composition in a project that will involve developing teamwork, communication skills and increasing self-confidence as well as experiencing the enjoyment of performance.

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Extended Festival

Festival Projects

The Extended Festival programme of events takes performances across the North East and beyond. For performance times and ticket information please contact the venue directly or check local publicity and the festival website - www.aiyf.org. Some tickets will be available through www.boxofficeaberdeen.com

Aberdeen City & Shire Film Festival

Thursday 30th July

Stonehaven Town Hall

Ceol Mor & Nathan Zaake

Friday 31st July

Findhorn - Universal Hall Inverness - Eden Court Aberlour - tbc Montrose - Links Hotel

National Dance of Bahamas & Happy Feet Y-Dance & Oxford Youth Dance Co Nathan Zaake Patrick Kunka

Laurencekirk - tbc Tarves - Melvin Hall Alford - tbc Inverurie - Town Hall Newtonhill - Bettridge Centre

Noordhollands Youth Orchestra ensembles Noordhollands Youth Orchestra ensembles Noordhollands Youth Orchestra ensembles Edo State Arts Co, Doga, Ballet Prague & Nathan Zaake Happy Feet & Burundi

Inverness - Eden Court Aberlour - tbc Banchory - Woodend Barn

Noordhollands Youth Orchestra Ian Watt Patrick Kunka

Saturday 1st August

Sunday 2nd August

Monday 3rd August

Turriff Show Linksfield Academy - Aberdeen Fraserburgh - Dalrymple Hall

Alkuone, Edo State Arts Co, Nathan Zaake, Toronto All Stars National Dance Company of the Bahamas, As Choir, Ballet Prague Burundi, Umkhathi, Viva Sandes

Perth - Concert Hall Ballater - tbc Kemnay Village Hall Peterhead - Community Centre Brechin Cathedral

Basque Youth Orchestra Toronto All Stars Nathan Zaake & Ås choir Groove Academy Viva Sandes

Montrose - Links Hotel Arbroath - Webster Theatre Westhill - Trinity Church Banchory - Woodend Barn Inverurie – Acorn Centre

St. Mary’s School, Edinburgh Ballet Prague & Happy Feet Oxford Dance Co & Nathan Zaake Umkhathi Groove Academy & Stavanger University

Thursday 6th August

Kemnay - Church Centre Aboyne - Academy Theatre Haddo House Strathdon - Lonach Hall

Seenu Singh PACE RSAMD Shell Opera and Song Residency Viva Sandes Choir

Friday 7th August

Banchory - Woodend Barn Montrose - Links Hotel

Groove Academy & Stavanger University Seenu Singh

Sunday 9th August

Edinburgh Mela - Pilrig Park

Umkhathi & Nathan Zaake

Tuesday 4th August

Wednesday 5th August

24th July – 2nd August 2009 Interested in Film? This July sees the launch of the first ever Aberdeen City and Shire Film Festival. With a mixture of exciting events, including a Screen Machine tour of Aberdeenshire along with a celebration of films either made locally or by local directors - July’s the time to get the popcorn in! In Aberdeen we’ll have a range of events in The Film Festival Hub, a place to chill out with a drink, and take in screenings, talks, and workshops along with the chance to meet with film directors and producers.

Workshops

For those wanting a more hands-on approach there’s a Film School at Aberdeen College, offering filming, directing and editing as well as be other workshops and information sessions on funding and promotion. For screening venues and locations plus all the other information log on to the Film Festival website www.aberdeenfilmfestival.com

Photography Exhibition During AIYF 2008 we ran a photography workshop in partnership with Gray’s School of Art. The project produced over 1000 photographs and a selection of these will be turned into a photo exhibition for the 2009 festival. This exhibition will give a pictorial story of the 2008 festival celebrating the work of the 1000+ participants across the many art forms and from across the many countries.

Exhibition We are all born free At 4 BLNK WOLS, Aberdeen Arts Centre, King Street, Aberdeen The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed on 10th December 1948. After World War Two it was compiled to declare and protect the rights of people from all countries. We Are All Born Free celebrates the Universal Declaration. It features the work of acclaimed artists and illustrators such as John Burningham, Korky Paul, Polly Dunbar, Satoshi Kitamura, Jane Ray and Axel Scheffler. Each artist offers a personal interpretation of one of the 30 Articles of the UDHR, making them easy to understand and accessible to young readers and their families.

As part of the 2009 workshop programme AIYF is offering opportunities for local youth arts groups, community youth schemes and other summer projects for young people to be matched up with one of the festival groups. There are opportunities to host a group for one or two hours and have them work with one of our dance, theatre or music companies or individual artists including jazz, world and orchestral music. Already planned through this generous sponsorship with Wood Group are a Steel Drum workshop for Bankhead Academy steel band, music workshop with HI-Notes ensemble for young deaf musicians & a drama workshop with PACE theatre co for the new Youth Theatre in Northfield. For further options please contact the AIYF office on 01224 213800. Sponsored by

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Festival Projects

Participants - Orchestras

Little Larks Community Singing Project

Shell RSAMD Opera & Song Residency

Aberdeen College Media Exchange Project

AIYF are joining forces with “Little Larks”, a new music and performance company based in Glasgow.

Following on from our partnership with RSAMD Opera School in 2008 producing an Opera for Children and a recital, this new residency project continues the relationship. The project has two main aims: to make opera and the arts more accessible; and to produce high quality performance and workshop opportunities for young people.

A partnership between Aberdeen College and ESB Media College in Dresden, in conjunction with AIYF. Last year Aberdeen students visited Dresden, this summer Aberdeen will be hosting students from Dresden, as part of this international exchange project.

The company is made up from present and exRSAMD students and are therefore some of the most talented young artists in the country. AIYF has invited the company to work with Aberdeen City Schools in June and then deliver a summer school during the festival, working towards a public performance. The project is open to anyone who wants to sing with no audition and is about giving an experience to the young people they otherwise may not get. Working with young tutors gives an added energy to the project and also supports the development of the tutors skills.

The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama has for many years held an international reputation for producing exciting young singers, many of whom are currently performing all around the world. The eight day residency offers young singers and musicians an intense week working with professional tutors, through workshops, masterclasses and performances of an opera gala concert in Aberdeen and at Haddo House. As part of the project AIYF is offering 3 placements for local young singers. For more information please get in touch with the AIYF Office on 01224 213800.

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AIYF – Dance Lab Wednesday 29th July – Saturday 8th August For the 2009 Festival AIYF are producing a new Dance development called Dance Lab in partnership with Aberdeen dance development company, City Moves. With limited places only the school will offer a wonderful opportunity for the young dancers to get an in depth and intense 10 days of dance education from leading national and international choreographers and tutors.

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As well as taking part in classes and workshops in video and photography techniques, the students will be documenting the Festival using film and photography, with showcases of work at Aberdeen College for the duration of the Festival. Supported by

Balmoral Group Splore Traditional Music School Monday 27th – Friday 31st July The Splore is an opportunity for young people aged 12 – 16 to meet with other trad musicians, learn from young professionals and have a chance to play and explore the music. The course will be led by award winning band Bodega and offers five days of classes in traditional instruments including fiddle, whistle, accordion and percussion. Aimed at players who have grade 2 experience in their main instrument. For full applications details please see the Festival website or contact the AIYF office. Sponsored by

The school is split into a series of 2 or 3 day masterclasses exploring the technical aspects and creativity of different dance disciplines. The students will be exposed to improvisational and choreographic challenges through ballet, contemporary jazz, body contact and hip hop dance styles. Tutors include Roberto Lori from Italy, French Hip Hop artist Daniel Aing, Aberdeen based choreographer, Ani Tchakmakdjian and Janis Claxton founder of the Scottish based company Janis Claxton Dance Company For full application details see the Festival website or contact the Festival office.

Basque National Youth Orchestra, Basque Country

Noordhollands Youth Orchestra, Netherlands

Bostanci Doga College Music Ensemble, Turkey

The Basque National Youth Orchestra (Joven Orquesta e Euskal Herria) was formed in 1997 by the Department of Culture of the Basque Government. The orchestra aims to offer an educational structure to young musicians through orchestral education, artistic and social development and to act as a stepping stone between college and a professional career, as well as promote Basque music and culture. The orchestra has performed throughout the Basque Country, and has toured within Europe and to China, including at Lisbon during Expo 98 and at the Donostia’s Classical Musical Festival. They have also performed live to Charlie Chaplin’s silent film, The Kid.

The Noordhollands Youth Orchestra was founded in 1962. The objective was to provide a platform for youngsters aged 12 to 26 to gain experience playing in an orchestra. The orchestra now draws 90 young people from the small schools across the county of Noordhollands.

The violin, recorder and choral music ensembles comprise students from the Bostanci Doga College, one of several Doga colleges in Turkey. The school’s philosophy is based around the view that each student is an individual and that happy students are more likely to learn.

The orchestra practises once a month, with a summer camp and a winter camp prior to their public concert season. The NHJO is run by volunteers, and relies on fundraising from their concerts, donations and the contributions of members.

The Doga Concept targets its students to be tied to local values, to be open to universal values and to have an international vision. Each Doga generation representative is one of the architects for an enlightened future. They reflect the virtuous behaviors obtained at Doga to everyone around them.

National Youth Orchestra of Scotland The National Youth Orchestra of Scotland was formed in 1979. Since then the orchestra has met biannually for Winter and Summer Courses, followed by concert tours in Scotland, the UK, Europe and beyond. Residential courses offer students expert tuition from professional musicians and conductors. In early August 2009 NYOS will perform with Cellist Alexander Baillie at Aberdeen International Youth Festival and The Sage, Gateshead. The tour, which will be conducted by Takuo Yuasa, will also include performances in Poland and Germany.

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Pequenos Violinos da Metropolitana, Portugal There are currently 85 students in the Pequenos Violinos da Metropolitana orchestra, ranging in age from 3 to 16 years old. The project is run by the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, under the Artistic Directorship of Professor Inês Saraiva, based upon the beliefs that the study of music is fundamental to the intellectual, physical and cultural development of the children. The professors are very dedicated to this project. The group uses the Suzuki method, which develops visual, hearing and motor skills, while promoting self-esteem and camaraderie between students, parents and teachers.

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Participants - Soloists & Chamber Music Ensembles

Participants - Choirs

Kay Ritchie & Cheryl Bell

Seenu Singh

Winner of this year’s Ogston Prize, Kay has always enjoyed performing, both as a soloist and in groups including principal flute of the University Symphony Orchestra, and intends to continue her involvement in the musical life of the University whilst studying for her PhD in the neuropsychology of vision. Cheryl Bell is also a psychology student at the University of Aberdeen. Music however has always played a very important role in her life. She started studying at the North East Scotland Music School in 2008. Cheryl continues to enjoy mixing university life with musical performances, particularly as a member of the Aberdeen University Symphony Orchestra.

Seenu Singh was born in Bhopal, India. He moved to France at the age of two and has since lived in Australia and Belgium. Seenu started playing piano at the age of six, and after graduating from high-school decided to pursue the art as a profession at the Royal Conservatory of Flanders. He was selected by the “Foundation Conservatory Antwerp” for a special scholarship for the year 2007-2008 for outstanding achievement.

Colin Brockie & Richard Bailey

St Mary’s Music School

Originally from Ellon, Colin started singing and acting at Haddo House, and has been a member of NYCOS for 9 years, touring Sweden, Chicago and Hungary. After gaining a BA Hons from Gray’s, Colin has continued to receive singing lessons at NESMS, with Ruth Black, Alan Watt and Raimund Herincx. Colin hopes to pursue a career in opera after further studies in Manchester. Richard is currently in his third year as a music student at the University of Aberdeen. He graduated from Stevenson College with an HND in music performance in 2006. Last year he gained the DipABRSM performance diploma and is currently working on LRSM diploma repertoire. After graduating Richard would like to pursue postgraduate performance studies with a view to a career as a performer/teacher.

Seenu has also won several prizes in international piano competitions, including “2nd Prize” at the “7th International Piano Competition of the Russian Conservatory Alexander Scriabin” in 2007, in Paris.

Hi Notes Hi-Notes ensemble provides deaf musicians with opportunities to compose and perform their own music, to bring their ideas to realisation and to perform original music that will offer an insight into the player’s interpretation of the world though music. Due to their hearing loss the young people are able to create music which is not only visually stimulating, but groundbreaking too.

Aberdeen City Music School Aberdeen City Music School (ACMS) is a national specialist music school serving the whole of Scotland for young musicians with well above average ability. ACMS offers a specialist music curriculum within a comprehensive secondary education setting at Dyce Academy, providing music tuition of the highest quality.

Petra Paskova Petra graduated from the Music Conservatoire in the Czech Republic and is continuing her studies at the University of Aberdeen. A gifted pianist, Petra has studied her instrument alongside many distinguished musicians from within the field including Magda Stajnochrova and Florian Uhlig.

George Duthie & Sean Shibe

Pure Brass The group have performed in a diverse range of settings as well as collaborating with other Artists. Recent engagements have seen Pure Brass perform alongside John Wallace, Bryan Allen and Dr John Kitchen and include a world premiere of work by polish composer Marek Pasieczny at ‘Sounds New’ contemporary music festival in Canterbury. Pure Brass are part of the very prestigious Live Music Now! Scheme.

George Duthie studied at ACMS from 2004 to 2008 with Dr. Barbara Payne and is currently continuing his studies at the RSAMD with Graeme McNaught,. He earned the Alex Watters Award for “the most promising young pianist in the Aberdeen and North East Scotland Music Festival”. At 15 he received the Gina Dallas Award for “the best Associated Board Grade 8 result in the Grampian region” and at 16 achieved the Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Sean has studied at the City of Edinburgh Music School, Aberdeen City Music School and is now attending the RSAMD. Sean is a recipient of the prestigious Donald Dewar Arts Award and was a finalist in the senior international guitar competition at the “Westfalian Guitar Spring” in Germany. He also performed at Dundee Guitar Festival 2008 and won the Chanterelle guitar prize at the RSAMD. This year Sean reached the final of the Royal OverSeas League arts competition, and received the Len Lickorish memorial prize for a string player of promise.

Taylor, Matthew, Jessica and Raim are pupils of St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh. St Mary’s Music School has 70 pupils who receive full-time specialist music and academic education. Pupils gain a place solely on the basis of musical ability and potential.

Ian Watt Ian made his recital debut at the North of East Scotland Classical Guitar Society’s inaugural concert in November 2005. Since then, he has given many recitals and solo appearances throughout the UK, as well as major festivals including the Dundee Guitar Festival and AIYF. A keen advocate of contemporary music, he has collaborated with composers Rory Boyle and John Maxwell Geddes and is currently working with John Mcleod on the composer’s first guitar concerto, which he will premiere in March 2010. Ian Watt is presently a student at the RSAMD, where he studies with Allan Neave.

Christopher Baxter & Laura Sargeant Laura is currently in her final year of study at the RSAMD, a student of Robert Irvine. Her recent successes include the Governor’s Recital Prize for Strings. At the moment, Laura is in Germany on an Erasmus exchange Programme. Christopher performed at AIYF in 2008. A student at RSAMD, he also receives coaching from Nigel Clayton. Christopher works regularly as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician, and has recently achieved competition success with the Kathleen Ferrier Young Singers Bursary (Accompanist) and the Frank Spedding Leider Competition.

Ås Children’s Choir, Norway

Viva, Norway

NYCoS National Girls Choir

Ås Children and Young People’s choir is from the small university town south of Oslo. The choir started as a school choir in 1970 and during the eighties the choir was very active, winning several national competitions.

Viva was founded as “Sandnes Music School’s Girls Choir” in 1968, and was opened for boys in 1997. The choir’s name was changed to “Viva Sandnes Kulturskolekor”, Viva for short.

Artistically led by Christopher Bell, the National Youth Choir of Scotland (NYCoS) is dedicated to providing high-level singing opportunities for over 2,000 young people across Scotland.

Viva has had the pleasure of performing in a number of musical capacities. They have worked with professionals from the Norwegian Opera and Rogaland Theater when preparing stage shows, and with professional musicians ranging from the jazz group Bayou Blue to the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra.

The NYCoS National Girls Choir was formed in 2007 for singers aged 13 - 15 years. Membership is by audition on a yearly basis and is open to girls who are born, resident or studying in Scotland. The choir meets annually at Easter for a residential course where its time is split between high quality vocal coaching, musicianship training and full choir rehearsals with highly qualified staff who are experts in their fields.

The choir now consists of two groups, the older singers (age 13 – 18) are participating at AIYF. They have created a singing group where students are challenged to develop both musically and in confidence and to realise the joy of singing! The choir’s repertoire consists of Norwegian and European folk songs, traditional carols and children’s songs. They often perform in local churches and old people’s homes and were asked to perform at Norwegian National Day. In 2008 the choir participated in the festival of Youth Choirs in Movement in Bonn.

Viva was invited to participate in the annual New Year’s Concert by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corp, NRK in 2008, the first choir ever to sing in the concert. Over the past years, Viva has won 1st prize in all the competitions they have attended, mostly competing against choirs for adults. Viva attended the Festival in 2002 and we are delighted to welcome them back to Aberdeen.

Concerts are organised at the end of the course as well as at other times throughout the year. The choir has performed in Edinburgh, Perth and Helensburgh. The concert this year was recorded by the BBC for Radio Scotland.

Artistic Director and Conductor: Christopher Bell

Alba Quartet The Alba Quartet is a young, vibrant Scottishbased ensemble. Founded in 2003, it comprises graduates of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and the Royal College of Music in London. They have received tuition and guidance from William Conway, the Brodsky Quartet and Robert Irvine. The Quartet was awarded the inaugural Enterprise Music Scotland residency project, which led to performances and tours throughout the country, and the commissioning of David Fennessey’s “bow your head”, which was premiered at the 2008 S-O-U-N-D Festival.

• National Choirs • Area Choirs • Education • Mini Music Makers • Publications • To find out more about NYCoS activities visit www.nycos.co.uk

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Participants – Dance

Participants – World Music

Edo State Arts Company, Ghana The Edo State Arts Company from Ghana, bring their thrilling performance to the Festival. Keeping African dance culture alive and celebrating tribal customs with rhythm and drums, the dancers will captivate you with their spellbinding performance.

Happy Feet, Norway Happy Feet from Norway are 18 young dancers aged 14 – 19, specialising in ballet, jazz and modern dance. The company is created from the best dancers at the Kirsti Skullerud’s ballet school, and has been the first step to a professional dance career for many Norwegians, including Martin Lofsnes, (Martha Graham Company, New York) and Eugenie Skillnad (National Ballet of Norway).

Alkuone, Belgium Royal Art Group Alkuone, from Aalst, Belgium is a dynamic group of girls and boys, sharing a lively passion for choreography, flag dance and flag acrobatics. They are trained by professional choreographers and highly motivated trainers, in groups according to their age. Since the start up of Alkuone, in 1957, young dancers have been stimulated to show their creativity and enthusiasm with flags and dance in cultural performances of a high quality standard, and with great success in Belgium and abroad. For its 50th anniversary, Alkuone received the title of Royal Art Group from His Majesty, King Albert II of Belgium.

Happy Feet are regulars at AIYF and we are very pleased to welcome back this popular company with their new dancers.

Ruciteme-Culture, Burundi

Nathan Zaake, Uganda

Groove Academy

Ruciteme is the name of one of the eight sacred traditional Burundi drums. Until the dissolution of the monarchy in 1966, drumming was restricted to just a few clans, who passed down their knowledge from father to son.

Nathan is a Ugandan musician who plays folk and traditional music on Ugandan musical instruments that he makes himself. Nathan travelled with school throughout Africa, Europe and Asia. By the year 2002 he had joined professional groups and travelled to Europe and America.

The Groove Academy is a privately-run community music school founded by Mark and Angela Ramsay in Hampton, London. They launched in April 2004 with the aim of offering unique opportunities to musically-gifted young people in the local community. With many public performances to their credit and the release of the first Groove Academy album in June 2005, the academy has grown significantly - attracting students and volunteers from across the borough and beyond.

Today, anyone can join a drumming group and Ruciteme is open to all young people regardless of race, sex or beliefs. Learning this traditional art of communication through drumming, they aim to revive traditional arts, bring their culture to the rest of the world and promote peace and harmony.

Flag waving is an old Flemish tradition. Alkuone has given it a fresh, original and spectacular touch, with large flags of many varieties and percussionists providing the sound and the rhythm.

The National Dance Company of the Bahamas The National Dance Company of the Bahamas represents a developing country of a proud and progressive people, with both European and African influences. The company presents the folk life, myths and issues of the modern day Bahamian and Caribbean Society. The company was established for the Bahamas Quincentennial celebration in 1991, and, as ambassadors for their country, have visited the Miami Beach Festival, the Kent Festival and Carifesta in Trinidad. This is their second visit to Aberdeen International Youth Festival.

Ballet Prague, Czech Republic Company of the Dance Center Prague Conservatorie Ballet Prague is a chamber company consisting of 14 students of the Dance Center Prague Conservatorie, who are on the threshold of their dancing careers. The company was created in the 60s and at that time was an underground ensemble, which later became attached to Charles University and eventually evolved into an artistic group of ‘young dancers’ following the examples of Haag, Paris and Barcelona. The present name originated from the great respect to the famous ‘Ballet Prague’ and the generation of artists that brought contemporary dance to Czech stage. The repertory starts in the workshops during international festivals: Lyon, London, Paris, Aberdeen, Tropea, New York and foremost Prague.

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Nathan is from Lubiri in the heart of the Buganda region which was incorporated into Uganda. He grew up near the palace of the king of Buganda where different kinds of Kiganda music is played daily, giving Nathan an early introduction to drumming and music. The drum is the centre of rhythm in the music of Buganda and Uganda and is also a symbol of respect and power in the Kingdom. Nathan’s participation is Supported by the Wood Group

Oxford Youth Theatre Dance Company

Ceol Mor Ceol Mor is the Aberdeen International Youth Festival’s young traditional big band, made up of some of the most promising young traditional musicians from not only Scotland but also Canada and the USA.

Oxford Youth Theatre was founded in 1962 and continues to flourish with projects in music theatre, drama, dance and physical theatre plus technical theatre and stage design. Oxford Youth Theatre’s Dance Company contains a mix of young people who have been in dance groups or dance residencies at Pegasus and young people who have experience of dance elsewhere. They are working with their professional tutors to create an ensemble company in which each member can contribute their unique element while developing the company’s distinctive and clear style. The company will be supported by a team of three young technicians who will also work with the AIYF production team.

Their mission is to build a community of empowered young people, using music as the essential medium by which to establish commonality, create opportunity and encourage teamwork among students where they - regardless of race, background, culture or gender - can express themselves freely and develop their abilities in an atmosphere of fun, purpose, respect, reward and safety.

Project Y (YDance) YDance (Scottish Youth Dance) is the National Youth Dance Agency for Scotland. As a leading provider of quality dance education, they encourage all young people to get active and develop their creativity through dance. Project Y is Scotland’s Contemporary Youth Dance Company which was established in 2006. It takes place over 4 weeks every July/August and is open to young dancers who want to experience what it is like to work for a professional dance company

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They perform original and innovative arrangements of traditional Scottish songs and music as well as original work exploring the margins between traditional music, jazz and contemporary classical music. They have recently performed arrangements specially commissioned from some of Scotland’s leading traditional musicians. Harris Playfair, Aidan O’Rourke, David Milligan and Corrina Hewat, have all composed and scored unique arrangements for Ceol Mor, which have been hugely successful with the band and audiences alike.

Toronto All Stars Steel Orchestra, Canada At its inception, no one could have predicted the amazing evolution of the steelpan programme at Rosedale Public School and its impact on the community. These musicians have racked up an impressive success rate in competition, consecutively winning the Kiwis Music Festival competition in their categories for a number of years to date. The Toronto All Stars Steel Orchestra (also known as T.A.S.S.O.) was born out of necessity in 2000 as, after graduating from Rosedale Public School, most of the students did not have steelpan offered at the schools they were moving to. Since the band’s inception it has grown to become one of the most exciting new musical ensembles in the city of Toronto as seen by its recent gold win at the Australian International Music Festival in Sydney which included 1,500 participants from 21 other groups from around the world. Today, the group is thirty members strong and they practice weekly and perform regularly. An amazing feat and noteworthy commitment when considering that they are between the ages of twelve and eighteen and now attend upwards of ten different schools across the region.

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Stavanger University Jazz Ensemble

Patrick Kunka Quartet

The Department of Music and Dance of Stavanger University has its roots in traditional classical conservatory education. In recent years they have developed exciting new programmes in jazz and dance. With this multi-disciplinary approach, it has established a uniquely innovative environment within Norwegian higher education.

Created at Boston’s Berklee College of Music during 2008, the Patrick Kunka Quartet brings together 3 of Scotland’s young rising-star jazz musicians in an explosive, hard-swinging and highly creative new project. Scottish students Alan Benzie (piano), Leah Gough-Cooper (saxophones) and Patrick Kunka (drums and compositions) are joined by US bass player Dylan Coleman.

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Supported by the Aberdeen City Council Twinning fund

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Tickets also available on the door at all venues

Tickets for Extended Festival Events Tickets for these shows are available directly from the venue. Please contact the venue or consult the festival website for more information.

Special Offers & Ticket Discounts For events in Aberdeen, the Festival is pleased to offer discounts on full price tickets to everyone aged 26 and under, full time students, registered unemployed, over 60s and Friends of the Festival. Family Tickets: Family tickets are available on: Any of the £5 shows for £16 for a family (up to 4 people) Festival Pass: Available on any of the £5 shows: 4 shows £16 (£4) 8 shows £30 (£3.75) 10 shows £35 (£3.50) 20 shows £50 (£2.50)

Aberdeenshire Youth Theatre (MSD)

Scottish Youth Theatre

All information in this guide is correct at the time of printing. To confirm details please contact the Festival office or visit www.aiyf.org. The Festival reserves the right to make changes to the programme.

Rhona Mitchell has run classes in Aberdeenshire since 1998, in acting, musical theatre, workshops and exam preparation. Productions have been varied, from reworking classics, commissioning new scripts and devising work by the company. For AIYF they have performed Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Lottie. Many former students are working professionally in theatre and television.

PACE Theatre Company

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Sponsorship Opportunities

You can become a Festival Star by making a donation to the Festival. Named stars start at £100, rising to £1500 for a Diamond Star. Please contact us at the address below or donate through the website at www.thebiggive.org.uk

AIYF offers a wide range of partnership and promotional opportunities for businesses throughout the festival and also as part of events throughout the year. With a wide range of performances, workshop projects and other initiatives involving young people from all over the world we offer the chance to engage with a unique mix of people.

Aberdeen International Youth Festival 35 Regent Quay Aberdeen AB11 5BE Tel: +44 (0) 1224 213800

The festival has a number of sponsorship levels offering specific benefits which can include:

Aberdeen International Youth Festival is a charity registered in Scotland. Charity Number SC 014935.

· Logo or credits on printed and web publicity and marketing material · Venue branding opportunities and acknowledgements at performances · Corporate hospitality opportunities & Complimentary tickets · Invitations to festival events and receptions If you wish to discuss potential sponsorship partnerships please call Stewart Aitken, Artistic Director at the Festival Office. 01224 213800

Scottish Youth Theatre, Scotland’s national youth theatre, consolidates its valued relationship with AIYF and Aberdeen by returning with more events in 2009. Scottish Youth Theatre is Scotland’s national theatre ‘for and by’ young people. The company is based at the Old Sheriff Court in Glasgow, but provides theatre arts opportunities to young people from all Scottish communities and sometimes even further afield

Umkhathi Theatre Company, Zimbabwe PACE Theatre Company is a vibrant and thriving arts organisation which runs the largest Youth Theatre in the UK with over 2000 members. PACE and PACE Youth Theatre mount various productions during the year that are seen by over 100,000 people, as well as workshops and performances in which over 35,000 young people participate in or witness. The projects vary from Shakespeare to Byrne, from environmental pieces to musical comedies, from scripted to devised, as well as large scale community extravaganzas. They not only perform in-house but tour nationally to other theatres, as well as schools and community centres. They initiate collaborative events with other youth theatres in Scotland and have also collaborated with youth theatres from Denmark, Germany and Canada.

Members of the Friends receive: Invitation to the Festival’s Welcome Ceremony Friends of the Festival badge Discounts on tickets for events in Aberdeen + priority booking Regular Friends of the Festival Newsletter

Umkhathi is a drama and dance company from Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Their plays are developed by the members to educate and entertain both the local community and audiences all over the world. They also use traditional dance as a way of reviving indigenous African culture and traditions. The young people involved are given an opportunity to develop creatively whilst establishing an economically viable career. Umkhathi first visited Aberdeen five years ago and wowed audiences with their energetic performances and friendly enthusiasm. Supported by a grant from the Aberdeen City Council Twinning Fund.

Youth Music Theatre UK

YMT is the UK’s leading provider of music theatre activities for young people. They create new work that expands the definitions of music theatre with some of the most talented artists from the sector in the UK and around the world. From chamber opera to rap, music theatre has something for everyone – acting, singing, dancing, and making music. YMT:UK Supported by

Aberdeen International Youth Festival | share the excitement, see something new | www.boxofficeaberdeen.com | www.aiyf.org

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AIYF 2009 Brochure  

Aberdeen International Youth Festival 2009 programme

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