Extravaganza of talent
YOUNG performers from America, Scandinavia and Israel underlined the global credentials of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival at an HMT gala show. The artists swept through a programme of more than 30 songs and dances as the two week extravaganza approached its crescendo. The US based Krayon Kids anchored the show, reeling off performance after performance. It was an eclectic set, ranging from the weird to the wonderful, with classic musical theatre solos including San Francisco also thrown in. His Majesty’s Theatre roared its particular approval to a moonwalking Michael Jackson tribute and an acrobatic circus show which brought down the curtain on the first half. Accompanying the US act were two other touring ensembles from overseas. Scandinavian choir Stord Ungdomskor opened the gala with their simple but effective brand of theatre. A performance of Macavity, from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats stood out among the group’s four offerings. And Israeli youth band Kfar Vradim Orchestra completed the line up. The massed ranks of musicians performed in both halves of the gala, visiting West Side Story and Miss Saigon.