AIYF to showcase global talent in Stonehaven

Youth festival Viva Sandes
Youth festival Viva Sandes

Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF) are returning to Stonehaven for an evening of traditional song from Norway, Canada and Colombia.

This performance will be one of more than 100 which will be taking place over a nine day period throughout the full festival which runs from tomorrow (Friday) until August 3.

Next Thursday, August 1, at 7:30pm, VIVA Sandnes Choir from Norway, North Shore Celtic Ensemble from Canada and Los Ninos Vallenatos del Turco Gil School from Colombia will take to the stage of Stonehaven Town Hall to bring traditional songs from their countries.

VIVA Sandnes Choir belongs to Sandnes School of Music and Art and consists of about 40 girls and boys ages 12 to 19.

With a wide musical repertoire, and using drama as an important element, the choir challenges itself by singing everything from opera to jazz and pop styles.

VIVA come highly recommended, having won a lot of national and international prizes and has represented Norway at many festivals all over the world.

North Shore Celtic Ensemble is a whole new kind of musical experience.

What began as Celtic is now a spirited no-boundaries repertoire that reflects a wide range of musical influences – Celtic, jazz, classical, folk and more – creating an exciting genre spanning experience for the players and audience.

Los Niños Vallenatos del Turco Gil are a group founded in 1999 and since then, they have been sharing, with their voices and accordions, the welcoming cultural and artistic sound of traditional Colombia to the world.

These talented children, aged between 10 and 15 years old, are no strangers of international touring having performed at the White House in Washington D.C, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile and Amsterdam.

Stewart Aitken, CEO and artistic director of AIYF said the group looked forward to Stonehaven as they has always been welcomed by the people

He said: “Over the years AIYF has taken many shows to Stonehaven as part of the wider festival programme across the North-east.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring these outstanding and exciting young performers to showcase their talents in this great venue.

We are happy to say we have always been welcomed back with open arms and had continued support from the people of Stonehaven and neighbouring towns as well as from the staff at Stonehaven Town Hall to make each event a success.

Having such top quality youth talent and energy from this group performing as part of our extended festival is very exciting and we are sure it is a performance not to be missed.”

Tickets for the show are available Tickets available from Stonehaven Tourist Office and cost £8 & £6.

For more information on all of the other shows taking place during the festival, visit the festival website or pick up a free copy of the full programme from venues, libraries and tourist offices.