Cathedral date for youth choir

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Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF) is hitting the road and heading to Brechin.

Some of the world’s most talented musicians, singers and dancers will be entertaining local audiences as part of the drive to introduce performers to towns and villages outwith the main festival performance hub in Aberdeen.

The National Youth Choir of Scotland’s male division make a welcome return to AIYF and will be performing in the splendour of Brechin Cathedral on Sunday, July 31 at 3 pm.

The choir gives boys a unique opportunity to sing together to the highest standards.

Membership is granted by audition on a yearly basis and only the very best youngsters between the ages of 10 and 16 are accepted into the choir.

Tickets for the performance are available from the cathedral office and are priced £8 or £4 for concessions.

Children under the age of 16 go free.

Stewart Aitken, artistic director and chief executive of AIYF, said he was delighted that audiences outwith Aberdeen would get the opportunity to see some of the world’s greatest young musicians, singers and dancers.

He added: “This year’s festival plays host to one of the largest ever contingents of international groups and performers.

“We have expanded the number of venues in the extended festival programme as one of the key aims for AIYF in the next few years is to capture new audiences from around Scotland and enable them to experience the wealth of international talent that the festival attracts.”

The festival takes place over ten days in the summer from Wednesday (today) to Saturday, August 6 and the full festival line up can be found on the festival’s website –

Now in its 39th year AIYF is regarded as one of the world’s foremost celebrations of youth arts.

More than 100 performances in music, dance and theatre are scheduled to take place with many of the world’s leading young artists taking part.