Posts Categorized: Music

International Eisteddfod preparations off to a flying start

The Welsh hills were brought alive with the sound of music last week, as members of the Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir demonstrated their vocal technique whilst swinging through the sky on Europe’s highest five seater swing.

Hoisted at over 80ft in the air, members aged between 60 – 80 years were put through their vocal paces, holding their notes, not breath, whilst reaching dizzying heights in preparation to sing under pressure at this year’s International Eisteddfod.

Based a short distance from Llangollen, the Fron Male Voice Choir was formed in 1947 specifically to compete at the second International Eisteddfod. The choir’s 72 choristers come from all walks of life and include policeman, undertakers, teachers, cooks, bankers, accountants, bakers, construction workers and retirees.

Competing at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is a huge opportunity for choirs throughout the world especially for the Fron Choir with two of its founding members both aged 86 still singing in the choir today!

Vicky Yannoula, Music Director at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod said:

“Competitors in this year’s Eisteddfod are taking their preparation in the lead up to the festival very seriously.

“The International Eisteddfod is at the heart of the local community in Llangollen and it is truly special for us to welcome the Fron Choir back for its 70th year, especially following their exceptional training program displayed at Zip World last week.”

The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod will run from Tuesday 3rd July to Sunday 8th July 2018.  As well as a series of evening concerts featuring Alfie Boe, Van Morrison and Kaiser Chiefs, The Hoosiers and Toploader, there will also be live performances from competitors, emerging bands, musicians and street performers from across the globe, as well as activities to entertain the children and food, drink and local craft stalls.

For more information or to book tickets visit www.llangollen.net or contact the box office on 01978 862001. For regular news and updates about the festival follow us on Twitter @llangollen_Eist or like our Facebook page Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.

BRITISH IRONWORKS SUPPORTS INTERNATIONAL EISTEDDFOD FOR SIXTH YEAR

An organisation that is known for its powerful stance against weapons, British Ironworks, is once again sponsoring the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.

After winning the Rotary International Peace Prize hosted at the festival in 2017 and gaining international recognition for its Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife weapons amnesty project, the institution has created a special fixture especially for this year’s celebrations.

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Nominations for Rotary International Peace Award opens 

The Rotary International Peace Award, which recognises peace initiatives both in the UK and internationally, is now receiving entries from nominees until 4th June 2018

Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, is encouraging all community members to submit details of local individuals or organisations responsible for the furtherance of peace, for the chance to gain international recognition.

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Llangollen shares spotlight with the Gold Coast

 

 

Talent from across the globe is gearing up to compete in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod’s 2018 International Voice of Musical Theatre, for the chance to tread the boards on Australia’s Gold Coast.

The winner of the prestigious title will join hundreds of international performers in the Gold Coast Eisteddfod’s Musicale. The concert Down Under is a celebration of musical theatre and one of the highlights of the seven-week long Australian festival of music and dance.

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Group Selections Celebrate the Marvellous Multiculturalism of the International Eisteddfod

 

 

 

Thousands of performers from 28 countries across six continents will bring the hills of the Dee Valley alive with international music and dance this summer, as they descend on the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in July.

Following an intense selection process, the International Eisteddfod’s team has curated a final line up of 84 vibrant, varied and talented international acts from hundreds of applicants who have been invited to perform in competitions at this year’s festival or appear in non-competitive showcases.

With tickets for the 2018 festival (3rd – 8th July 2018) selling fast, the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has revealed 16 of the exciting groups that are set to perform on the iconic Royal International Pavilion stage this summer.

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International Eisteddfod and The Cavern COME TOGETHER

The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod announced today that the world’s most famous music club, The Cavern Club, will host its first ever pop-up stage at this year’s festival. The Liverpool-based music venue will be joining bands including the Kaiser Chiefs at the festival’s finale party, Llanfest, on Sunday 8th July, as the date also marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ animated film Yellow Submarine.

This exciting collaboration on the Lindop Toyota  Globe Stage will see The Cavern Club entertain audiences with performances by their world class resident musicians.

The legendary club has been the beating heart of Liverpool’s iconic music scene for over seven decades and will celebrate The Beatles pop history at the festival – hosting a myriad of music performances by world class singers from Liverpool.

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International Eisteddfod celebrates World Piano Day by revealing repertoire for two-pianos performance

To celebrate World Piano Day [Thursday 29th March] the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has revealed the repertoire for its Music Director, Vicky Yannoula’s performance with acclaimed pianist Peter Jablonski.

Forming part of The Classical Collection on Wednesday 4th July, pianists Vicky and Peter will take to the stage of the International Pavilion for a moving collaboration, featuring well-known and much-loved pieces, in a performance inspired by the power and magic of the piano.

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Llanfest Headline Sponsor Announced as Tickets Hit General Sale

Wrexham-based multidisciplinary contractor, Knights Construction Group, has lent its support to the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, through the sponsorship of its hugely popular Llanfest festival on Sunday 8th July 2018.

The announcement comes as tickets for star-studded line up of Kaiser Chiefs, The Hoosiers and Toploader go on general sale on Thursday 22nd March 2018.

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SCOTTISHPOWER FOUNDATION TO DONATE £1 MILLION TO GOOD CAUSES ACROSS THE UK

 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has been selected to receive part of a £1 million funding boost from the ScottishPower Foundation.

Backing charity initiatives as diverse as wildlife conservation and science-themed education to mental health awareness and theatrical productions, ScottishPower Foundation selected the international music festival’s Inclusion Project, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.

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