On the evening of 28th July 2014, the Incorporated Trades one again hosted a concert for members and guests with entertainers from the Aberdeen International Youth Festival.
The Aberdeen International Youth Festival is now a truly international event, with participants travelling from all four corners of the globe to take part, it is also committed to supporting emerging talent from across Scotland and the rest of the UK.
Over the years the festival has hosted more than 25,000 young people from around the globe, making it one of the biggest and most successful gatherings of youth talent held anywhere in the world.
Aberdeen International Youth Festival continues to offer some of the most intimate classical and chamber music performances in Scotland through its series of ‘Up Close and Musical’. The Festival also delivers an ‘extended’ programme of events, where our artists take their shows out to communities in rural areas and further afield around Scotland.
AIYF also offers inclusive, participatory workshops and master-classes such as the ‘Dance Lab’ and ‘Splore’, where up and coming artists can polish their craft.
The first part of the entertainment was from Charlie Drummond and David Horton, both accompanied by Tim Dean
After he studied music at Reading University, and then piano and conducting at the Royal College of Music, he then became Chorus Master and Head of Music for Kent Opera for ten years. Then was appointed first Music Director of British Youth Opera, of which he is now Vice-president.
He was instrumental in developing the company into a vital part of the national infrastructure for training young singers and musicians to an advanced level. Many other substantial projects preceded his appointment as Head of Opera at the RSAMD in Glasgow in1994, where he is in charge of new postgraduate courses in opera training for singers and repetiteurs. He has also been recently involved in collaborative projects with the Conservatoire in Rostov-on-Don in Russia, conducting performances including Prokofiev’s ‘War and Peace’ in 2010, which received a Royal Philharmonic Society Award nomination.
After graduating from King’s College London with an honours degree in English Literature, Charlie moved to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Judith Howarth and has just finished her first year on the Masters Vocal Studies Course. Recent engagements include Haydn’s Creation at St John’s Smith Square, and Rossini’s “Petite Messe Sollenelle” at Glasgow Cathedral.
David is a 26 year old Baritone from Devon in England and is about to enter his second year Masters in performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. David has recently spent a year studying in Australia and has performed a number of times at the Sydney opera house.
After the meal, a Prize Draw was arranged and funds raised on the evening will be donated to local charities
The second half entertainment was provided by three member of the North East Folk Collective.
Sharron Hassan (Fiddle)
North-east multi-instrumentalist Sharon Hassan graduated from the RSAMD with a BA in Scottish Music in 1999, played with the popular folk band Dochas, and performed all over the world. Sharon currently runs Gadie Music and regularly delivers workshops to young people. She set up the North East Folk Collective in 2010 to help advanced young people gain performance and recording experience. In the past year the collective has performed at AIYF, The Royal Albert Hall, the Traditional Arts Awards and as part of the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention.
Hamish Ritchie (Guitar)
Attended Gordon High School in Huntly, but has just completed his sixth year attending Just finished his sixth year at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plocton high school, Ross-shire He now is about to start a Law degree course at Glasgow University
Kate Lennox (Fiddle)
is studying at Glasgow University, music, theatre and history and has just completed her second year.