1969 08 International Festival of Youth Orchestras
The International Festival of Youth Orchestras was started in 1969 by Lionel and Joy Bryer together with Blyth Major. The event took place from 18th to 30th August, 1969 in St. Moritz, Switzerland.
The Midland Youth Orchestra from the U.K. took part in this inaugral gathering. The MYO was founded in 1956 by its conductor Blyth Major. The MYO associate conductor was James Langley. The MYO was incorporated into the CBSO Youth Orchestra in 2004.
The final concert of the Festival was given by the International Festival Youth Orchestra.The orchestra was made up of players drawn from each of the participating orchestras.
The photos in this set show this orchestra rehearsing with conductor Leopold Stokowski.
Participating orchestras were:
San Diego Youth Symphony
Helsingin Suomalaisen Yhteiskoulun
Haarlems Jeugd Orkest
Toronto Youth Symphony
The Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra
Glarner Musikkollegium
The Midland Youth Orchestra
Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth
Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik
Rogaland Ungdomssymfoniorkester
Komorni Orchestr Lidova Skola Umeni Mlada Boleslav
Montgomery County Youth Orchestra
The 1969 International Festival Youth Orchestra.
The Swiss TV broadcast of the 1969 IFYO performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 7 is available on DVD on VAI 4408 from Video Artists International.
The 1969 IFYO sound recording of Bach Passacaglia and Fugue is available on Cala CACD0551. This recording was made on 31st August 1969 in the Ballroom of the Hotel Reine Victoria, St. Moritz.(Audio-Visual Enterprises AVE 30696)
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