a TALENTED group of young musicians from Kirkcaldy have just returned from a trip to strengthen the town’s bonds with its twin town in Ingolstadt.
Ten young people, aged 15-22, accompanied by three youth leaders spent a week in the Bavarian town sharing their love of music and other cultural experiences, culminating in a concert in the town park, where they performed some of their work.
The trip was the return leg of the exchange programme after a group of German youngsters came to Kirkcaldy last November to share a similar experience.
Jennifer Knight and Mark Burdette, youth leaders, and Kirsten Warburton, a trainee youth leader at Kirkcaldy YMCA, led the trip, with musicians Martin Snoddy, Peter Docherty, Lewis Agnew, Aarton Pettigrew, Conner Cullen, Richard Guion and Daniel Hutchison taking part. Cheryl Berry, Cairinne MacDonald and Callum Wood went along to help organise the events.
“We went over to take part in a programme of sharing our musical experience by writing and performing songs with our German counterparts,” explained Martin. “At the end of the week we all took part in the Konrad and Klenze Park Festival, similar to our Beveridge Park Festival, but on a bigger scale.
“Unfortunately, although we had good weather earlier in the week, it was raining on the day of the festival, which meant that a lot of people had left before we played. However it was still really good fun and we all gained a lot from it.”
The young people also had the opportunity to do some sightseeing and took part in a Highland Games event.
“Ingolstadt was a really nice place. We renewed friendships, and some of us are already planning a holiday next summer,” added Lewis.
Liz Easton, general manager at YMCA, added: “It is always great to bring young people from Kirkcaldy and Ingolstadt together.”