Summerfest 2016 in Perth

June 28, 2016 by Perthshire Creates

Anybody who loves singing is in for a treat this August as the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain’s annual Summerfest comes to Perth for a series of performances and events.

Summerfest is a nationwide celebration of choral music by the five choirs of NYCGB, which perform at different locations around the UK every year. This Summer, Perth is playing host to the National Youth Training Choir, which is for mixed voices of ages 14-18, and which most recently performed at the Royal Albert Hall in April. 

The first event is an open morning on Wednesday 10 August at Glenalmond College, where the National Youth Training Choir is holding its Summer residential course. Visitors will see rehearsals, and enjoy their own singing session led by the NYCGB music team. Anyone who would like to attend can  sign up for free online.

The next event is a free pop-up performance at 12pm on Thursday 11 August on Perth High Street. The National Youth Training Choir will be entertaining the crowds with a variety of songs and everybody is invited to stop by.

The final event is the Summerfest 2016 concert at 5pm on Saturday 13 August at Perth Concert Hall. Inspired by NYCGB’s first-ever performance in Perth and directed by Dominic Peckham and Christopher Hann, the National Youth Training Choir will present a beautiful concert of ‘choral firsts’, including James MacMillan’s earliest sacred composition, the Missa Brevis (composed at the age of just 17), and a double first: the premiere performance in Perth of Three Romantic Ballads, the first choral work by Finnish master Jaakko Mäntyjärvi. Tickets are just £5 for under 16s and are available from Horsecross Arts: 01738 621031 /

You can watch the National Youth Training Choir perform with the combined NYCGB at the Royal Albert Hall in April:

Full details about NYCGB Summerfest 16 can be found on their website .