- Performance Locations
The Royal Hall Harrogate, built in 1903, plays host to the opening and closing concerts of The Harrogate International Youth Festival. It has been the premier venue for the festival since its conception in 1973. Groups are offered the unique opportunity to perform at least once on the stage of this special and historic venue which has played host to famous artists ranging from Elgar to the Beatles.
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.