Posts Categorized: Music

Arty Local Students ‘Makeover’ Eisteddfod Building

A local school has provided a key building on the site of the International Eisteddfod with a makeover for its 70th anniversary celebrations.

Pupils from Ysgol Dinas Brân were invited by the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod to create a piece of artwork that represented the festival’s message of peace, goodwill and international friendship, which have been transformed into a mural to brighten up the Eisteddfod’s hospitality building.

The mural was formally unveiled on Tuesday 4th July, when 12 of the 100 children involved attended a reception with President of the International Eisteddfod, Terry Waite CBE.

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Standing Ovation for ‘World Class’ Tosca Line-Up

Crowds at the Llangollen Eisteddfod were brought to their feet to deliver a roaring standing ovation following a breathtaking performance of Puccini’s Tocsa on Tuesday 4th July.

Internationally renowned opera stars Sir Bryn Terfel, Kristine Opolais, Kristian Benedikt shared the stage at for the very first time to deliver the powerful and unique rendition of the dramatic love story.

The performance at the International Eisteddfod, sponsored by Pendine Park, featured three of the opera world’s most admired talents, accompanied by the acclaimed Welsh National Opera Orchestra, and saw a successful end to the second day of the 70th anniversary festival.

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Ysgol Y Gwernant Peace Message – Photocaption

Pupils from Ysgol Y Gwernant in Llangollen practising hard ahead of their performance of the poignant Peace Message. The local pupils will perform the Peace Message – an annual highlight of the festival – on the International Pavilion stage on Thursday 6th July as part of the International Celebration. The performance will also be delivered tomorrow [TUESDAY 4th JULY] during Children’s Day. This year the message – which has been coordinated by former Eisteddfod employee, Christine Dukes – reflects on the history of the Eisteddfod and in particular its relationship with the weather.

Dancing in the Street: Mini Eisteddfod Comes to Chester

The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod’s outreach project with St Mary’s Creative Space in Chester saw Palmdale High School Chamber Singers from USA, Lovely Professional University dance group from India, Baao children and youth choir from the Philippines, Parkie Choir (Monument Park High School) from South Africa join with children from St Werburghs Primary School and Mill View Primary School to open the festivities.

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Blooming marvellous: Liverpool company provides 8,000 flowers to international festival

An Edge Lane-based florist has provided 8,000 stems to the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod for the stage displays at the festival’s 70th anniversary evening concerts.

F & H Flowers, who are based at Liverpool Flower Market on Edge Lane, provided the flowers to the floral committee of the International Eisteddfod on Saturday 1st July. Following the collection a team of green-fingered volunteers worked over the weekend to weaved each stem into the famous displays.

The tradition of decorating the main stage at the International Eisteddfod with flowers began at the first festival in 1947, when a few blooms were placed in jam jars to hide the tent poles that held up the stage’s awning. Over the past 70 years the tradition – and the quantities of flowers – has grown, with the displays as iconic as the festival itself.

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Symphonic Spectacular at Llangollen Eisteddfod

Grammy award-winning American composer, Christopher Tin, returned to Llangollen last night [WEDNESDAY 5TH JULY] to lead a performance of his renowned 2009 song cycle, Calling All Dawns.

Communicating the message of global unity, the first half of the concert presented audiences with a spectrum of music from symphonic overtures to video game fantasies. The second half of the concert was a special performance of Tin’s song-cycle Calling All Dawns, which included his iconic composition for computer game Civilisation IV, Baba Yetu.

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Rousing 70th Anniversary Launch for International Eisteddfod

The world number one brass band and four formidable male voice joined forces on Monday 3rd July to provide a rousing opening for the Llangollen Eisteddfod’s 70th Anniversary festival.

The Cory Brass Band joined forces with the Colne Valley, Canoldir, Froncysyllte (Fron) and Rhosllanerchrugog (Rhos) male voice choirs and euphonium soloist, David Childs, under the leadership of acclaimed conductor Owain Arwel Hughes CBE.

International Voice of the Future 2015 winner, Meinir Wyn Roberts, also took to the stage with the impressive line-up for the landmark opening concert, making the leap from competition winner to headline performer in just two short years.

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Wales Welcomes the World in International Celebration

International competitors were provided a warm and resounding Welsh welcome last night [THURSDAY 6TH JULY] at the Llangollen Eisteddfod’s 70th anniversary International Celebration.

A colourful procession of representatives from some of the 29 countries at this year’s festival were welcomed by a moving performance of beloved Welsh Hymn Calon Lân by Only Boys Aloud Gogledd, as a poignant symbol of Wales welcoming the world.

The procession followed a performance of the annual Peace Message by Ysgol Gwernant and a recital of the newly composed Peace Anthem by Only Boys Aloud Gogledd. Entitled Gobaith yn Ein Cân (Hope in Our Song), the piece was composed by Nia Wyn Jones, with words by Nia and songwriting partner Iwan Hughes, specifically for Only Boys Aloud Gogledd.

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‘UK’s Most Multilingual Choir’ to Mark International Festival’s 70th Anniversary

A choir of 80 amateur singers is set to become the UK’s most multilingual chorus after learning an eight-language performance from scratch in just 10 rehearsals.

The ambitious ‘Celebration Chorus’ will perform Calling All Dawns, by renowned composer and video game music composer Christopher Tin, at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod’s 70th anniversary festival, as part of it’s evening concert on Wednesday 5th June 2017.  

The piece features 12 songs in distinct languages including Farsi, Sanskrit, Swahili, Japanese, Irish, and Maori, eight of which have been taken on by the talented amateur choir.

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Welsh Refugee Council Nominated for International Peace Prize

Organisation nominated for the Rotary International Peace Award, which recognises peace initiatives both in the UK and internationally

An organisation that works to empower and protect refugees in Wales has been nominated for an international peace prize.

The Welsh Refugee Council has been nominated for the Rotary International Peace Award, for its work promoting tolerance and respect towards refugees, as well as empowering refugees and asylum seekers to build new lives in Wales. (more…)