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The Harrogate International Youth Festival

Be Part of this Great Festival - We invite you to take part in England’s oldest youth music festival.
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13 July 2024

Dear friends,

2025 Registration is Open!

We are pleased to advise HIYF will take place Friday 18th April to Wednesday 23rd April 2025, marking 52 years since the Festival's inception.

This will be a significant milestone and we are looking forward to you joining us to celebrate Harrogate International Youth Festival in 2025!

Best wishes
HIYF team

Are you a choir, orchestra, band or dance troupe that would like to perform in the UK? We invite you to take part in England’s oldest youth music Festival. Be part of something great!

The Harrogate International Youth Festival is a unique music and performing arts Festival that offers a richly rewarding opportunity to meet and perform with other ensembles from around the World.

The Festival programme includes 6 nights and 5 full days of performances, meals, transport and local visits. Many groups also take the opportunity to extend their itinerary and explore more of the UK.

Performance Opportunities & Highlights

  • Opening and closing concerts at The Royal Hall Harrogate
  • Perform in stunning historical venues including: Ripon Cathedral, UNESCO World Heritage Site Fountains Abbey and many more
  • Perform with local and international musicians and artists
  • Play to guaranteed appreciative audiences
  • Build lifelong friendships

What We Offer

  • Assistance on arrival (airport and check-in)
  • Close contact with local authorities
  • A HIYF Tour Specialist dedicated solely to your group leaving you free to enjoy the Festival
  • An array of accommodation options to suit budgets and requirements
  • Executive style coaches to ensure the comfort of your group
  • Prestigious and varied venues
  • Rehearsal and storage facilities
  • Inspection visits available to meet your exact requirements

We are happy to tailor a tour to your requirements

We would love to talk to you about the budget you have your group and your requirements in order to put together the perfect music tour for your group.

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Watch the Highlights from the Festival

Take a look at the highlights from the festival with performances from Choirs, Orchestras, Bands and Dance troupes from around the world.

The Magic of Theatre

  • Tread the boards at iconic London theatres
  • Collaborate with a West End director to explore the themes, ideas and backstage workings of a show
  • Interaction with like-minded students at a performance school
  • Visit Shakespeare's birthplace
  • Tickets to a leading West End Show


London International Music Festival
  • 4 day annual festival centred around the prestigious Central Hall Westminster
  • Access to a vast pool of teaching talent during clinics, workshops and lectures
  • Adjudicated concert performances
  • Massed performance grand finale
  • Open to all musical and performing arts disciplines including choral, instrumental and dance

Sounds of Europe

  • A fantastic programme that includes the very best of Italy and Austria
  • Experience Salzburg including a visit around Mozart's birthplace and Sound of Music Tour around the Lake District Salzkammergut
  • Explore Vienna on a music-themed city bike tour allowing your group to see the Hofburg Palace, the Opera House, St. Stephen's, Mozart's Figaro House and a visit to the Emperor's chambers at Schoenbrunn Palace
  • Ability to include concert performances in key historical buildings throughout the programme