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Legendary peacemaker Terry Waite unveils plaque at site of first Llangollen Eisteddfod

On the first day of the historic 70th Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, its President, legendary peace campaigner Terry Waite, unveiled a plaque on the field where the first festival was held.

Intended to help heal the scars of World War Two which had ended only two years earlier, that 1947 Eisteddfod was staged on what is now the playing field of Llangollen’s Ysgol Dinas Bran. (more…)

Saying it with flowers is deeply

IT started with just a few blooms in jam jars to hide the tent poles but over the past 70 years the tradition of beautifying Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod with flowers has become as well rooted as the iconic festival itself.

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Priceless Pavarotti recording discovered in festival archives

A long forgotten recording of the choir which launched the career of legendary Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti has been rediscovered in the archives of an iconic music festival.

The priceless recording was on a CD hidden among the archives in the Eisteddfod offices and it was found by the festival’s Operations Manager Sian Eagar. (more…)

Ex-TV war correspondent hails iconic peace festival

Former TV war correspondent Martin Bell has hailed an iconic festival that was created to promote world peace as an “inspiration”.

Martin Bell OBE, known as the man in the white suit, will be the Day President at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod on Thursday, July 7. (more…)

Hollywood actor Julian heads for blockbuster night in North Wales

A Hollywood actor who has worked with movie greats Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman is heading for a blockbuster performance in North Wales.

The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod have pulled off a major coup in signing up Julian Lewis Jones to narrate the concert adaptation of Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen starring internationally acclaimed opera stars Kate Aldrich and Noah Stewart at the opening concert tomorrow evening (Tuesday, July 5). (more…)

It’s going to be scrumdiddlyumptious!

The colourful cast of “scrumdiddlyumptious” will come to life at an iconic music and dance festival.

The centenary of the birth of a Welsh-born literary genius, Roald Dahl, will be celebrated at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. (more…)

100-strong diversity choir will sing out message of peace

A super-choir of over 100 children and adults that celebrates diversity will send out a clarion call for world peace when they perform at an iconic festival.

Thanks to an £8,000 boost from power company ScottishPower’s charitable foundation, the group of choirs and dance groups from across North East Wales will showcase their talents at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. (more…)

Overseas entries up as festival is set to celebrate historic milestone

The number of overseas choirs and dance troupes heading for an iconic international North Wales international musical festival is up for the first time for several years

The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, which was set up to promote peace and harmony in the aftermath of the Second World War, and this month it celebrates an historic milestone, has seen an upsurge in the number of groups entering its competitions. (more…)

World class American opera star Kate steps in to replace the role of Carmen

Kate Aldrich hailed as “the Carmen of her generation”

A virus has forced Katherine Jenkins to pull out of a concert in North Wales on medical advice but organisers have lined up a “truly world class” opera star to replace her.

The classically-trained Welsh singer was “devastated” after being been struck down by a nasty viral infection but now globally renowned American mezzo soprano, Kate Aldrich, will take centre stage at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod instead. (more…)

New boss for iconic music festival

A former Chester solicitor is the new person in charge of the running of one of the UK’s most iconic music festivals.
Sian Eagar has taken on the new role of Operations Manager for the historic Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod which will be held in the tiny Denbighshire town for the 70th time this July. (more…)