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Mared Williams Named International Voice of Musical Theatre 2018

Welsh performer scoops prestigious title and opportunity-of-a-lifetime prize to sing at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod in Australia

A Welsh performer has been named Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod’s International Voice of Musical Theatre for 2018.

Mared Williams, aged 21, wowed audiences and adjudicators with her performances of “So Big / So Small”,  “Pulled” from The Addams Family and “Being Alive” on the stage of the Royal International Pavilion in the competition’s final on Wednesday 4th July. (more…)

Inclusion Project SENDS A Message of Peace for Tenth Year

The Llangollen Eisteddfod celebrated ten years of its Inclusion Project today [WEDNESDAY 4TH JULY] with the performance of its newly commission piece, SEND A Message on the Royal international Pavilion stage.

Facilitated by a generous grant from the ScottishPower Foundation, the performance captured the hearts and minds of festival audiences, as five unique groups from across Wales and Shropshire came together to deliver the piece to excited crowds. (more…)

Alfie Boe Dazzles at International Eisteddfod Opening Night

Much-loved tenor captivates audience as he makes his fourth appearance in ten years at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod

Acclaimed tenor, the much-loved Alfie Boe, provided a dazzling start to the 2018 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod as he took the pavilion stage last night [TUESDAY 3RD JULY].

Dubbed ‘Britain’s favourite tenor’ the hugely successful recording artist, West End and Broadway sensation was joined by his ensemble of stellar musicians, as he showcased some of his new and best loved songs to a full house.

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NSPCC’s Pantosaurus drops into Llangollen Eisteddfod to help keep children safe

Hundreds of schoolchildren have seen a musical performance with a difference at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod while learning how to keep themselves safe.

The NSPCC’s dinosaur mascot Pantosaurus appeared on the main stage on Tuesday (3 July) to promote the leading children’s charity’s ‘PANTS’ campaign to children from around 45 schools.

The campaign has helped more than 400,000 parents across the UK talk to their children about sexual abuse since it launched four years ago. Talking PANTS is designed to teach children that their body belongs to them, they have the right to say no and to tell someone they trust if they’re ever worried about anything. (more…)

Llangollen to join the big NHS Singalong Live!

The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod will be joining the NHS choir, staff and music stars from throughout the UK, in a national live singalong to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS.

A brand new one-off live ITV programme on Wednesday 4th July will capture the crowds in Llangollen, NHS choir, celebrities and crowds coming together to try and beat a record for the biggest live sing along to be broadcast. The singalong in Llangollen will take place as the finale to the Classical Collection concert. (more…)

Ysgol Dinas Brân School Children Send Message of Peace

The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has selected local secondary school, Ysgol Dinas Brân to participate in its annual peace initiative at this year’s festival.

Performing on the main Royal Pavilion stage on Thursday 5th July, the school is set to deliver the International Eisteddfod message of peace in a performance of mime and narration, complete with a song entitled ‘Peace at Last’. (more…)

Peace through time at the International Eisteddfod

As we approach the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod (3rd – 8th July), its historical peace message remains at the core of the festival’s ethos. Since 1952, through to present day, Llangollen children have shared a message of goodwill to the world from the festival’s Royal Pavilion Stage.

Children from Ysgol Dinâs Bran will present this year’s message on Thursday 5th July during the evening concert, through a special performance of mime and narration – bringing modernity and flair to the initiative. They will close with a contemporary peace song entitled ‘Peace at Last’, in keeping with the theme of the message. (more…)

John Lennon’s sister honoured to be first Day President of Llanfest

Julia Baird, John Lennon’s sister, will be the first person ever to be honoured as the Day President for Llanfest, the finale day of the International Eisteddfod.

There has been a long tradition of Day Presidents being honoured at the week-long Eisteddfod. Day Presidents are invited to the event to recognise the ongoing work they do in spreading the message of peace and goodwill, which is at the heart of the event.

Llanfest is the final Sunday of the festival and has evolved into a modern mix of rock, pop and indie music, including bands such as the Manic Street Preachers and this year’s headliners, indie-pop legends the Kaiser Chiefs. (more…)

Chester to host International Eisteddfod Outreach Project

During the week of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, singers from across the Atlantic will be performing throughout Chester to help promote the festival’s message of peace and goodwill.

Attracting up to 4,000 performers and up to 50,000 visitors annually, the International Eisteddfod takes place every year during the first week of July.  This year, there will be an opportunity for Chester audiences to appreciate some of the exceptional talent, with several free performances scheduled at the Storyhouse and Chester Cathedral. (more…)