- Performance Locations
Fountains Abbey, founded in 1132, is one of the largest and best preserved ruined Cistercian monasteries in England. Participating choirs, orchestras, bands and dance troupes have the opportunity to perform in the undercroft and ruins of Fountains Abbey, which was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Set in 800 acres of National Trust land this is a perfect location for groups to showcase their musical skills and take advantage of the fantastic acoustics and atmosphere of the undercroft chamber. Fountains Abbey is one of our most popular outdoor public performances and provides yet another unique opportunity for your ensemble to perform in grand historical surroundings to large audiences.
We spent a very eventful weekend in Harrogate. The beautiful venues were very impressive and our pupils were very enthusiastic. It was great that we were able to get to know so many groups from around the world. Many thanks to the organizing team for the good cooperation and the great support.
We got the chance to participate in several concerts in marvellous venues in the Yorkshire region. We met groups and orchestras from various countries all over the globe. In times of increasing political and religious intolerance in some parts of the world this festival contributes an essential part to international cultural exchange and understanding
Year after year my kids have stayed in touch with people they’ve met at the Festival. For some of them, it is the single most important memory they have from high school.
We had the privilege of bringing the Africa New Life Children’s Choir from Rwanda to HIYF and what an amazing experience we had. Not only did the choir get to sing in some amazing and historical venues, but being able to mix and get to know other performers from around the world was fantastic.