Sunday, 7 August 2011

Music Festival

This evening Variety Gala marks the end of the week-long annual Aberdeen International Youth Festival 2011.

On our way to catch the show at His Majesty's Theatre.

Some of the highlights of the show....

Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra
This multi award winning orchestra was formed in 1976 by the Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council.
Their repertoire is extensive and features music by the likes of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Buddy Rich and many others.

Stord Ungdomskor Choir
An all-female choir from Norway performed a haunting selection of traditional choral music.

Krayon Kids
Oregon-based musical theatre troupe performs Vaudeville-style variety, ranging from comedy and puppetry, to dance and drama.

Isa Mubarak al-Najem
Cheeky and charismatic oud player from Bahrain.

Hamrahlíðarkórinn (The Hamrahlid Choir)
Highly entertaining and energetic bunch from Iceland. They made Bjork looked pretty normal!

Virtuoso violinist Dragos Manza, accompanied by renowned Romanian pianist Alina Elena Bercu.

Albroz Dance Troupe
Lastly, my absolute favourite!
The troupe, formed in 1974, is the flagship group of the Prince Hamzeh Dance School based in Jordan's capital, Amman. They made up of youngsters between the ages of 10 and 17 years.
I was truly in awe with their unique repertoire of the traditional Circassian dance. The girls were breathtakingly beautiful while the boys were a bundle of delightful energy.
We were lucky enough to catch their 2-hours show last Monday but missed out on their dance workshop.
Will definitely catch their show again next year!

photos courtesy of the world wide web, since photography and audio video recording were not permitted in the theatre.

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