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US Group Crowned Choir of the World

A week of breath-taking competitions rounded of with exciting battle for prestigious titles of ‘Choir of the World’ and ‘Dance Champions of the World’

The 70th anniversary of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod came to an exciting climax last night [SATURDAY 8TH JULY] as two international groups won the dance and choral competitions’ highest accolades.

After a thrilling final, The Aeolians of Oakwood University from the USA were named Choir of the World, while Northern Irish dance group, Loughgiel Folk Dancers were crowned Dance Champions of the World.

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About That Tenor I Owe You…

The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has plenty to spare as it breaks unofficial ‘world record’

Eighty-nine tenors have created a new World Record after filling the Dee Valley with the sounds of iconic song Nessum Dorma, which was made famous by opera superstar Pavarotti’s performance at the World Cup in Italy in 1990.

The impromptu performance took place after the announcement of the winners of the Male Voice Choir category at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod yesterday evening [SATURDAY 8TH JULY], as performers spilled out of the pavilion towards the bar.

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Liquid Spirit…that’s what this is

Globally renowned singer Gregory Porter praises International Eisteddfod during evening of smooth soul and jazz

Jazz, blues and soul singer, Gregory Porter piled praise on the International Eisteddfod during his stunning performance on Friday 7th July, thanking it for its commitment to bringing together people in the spirit of love and peace and supporting the survival of folk music.

Speaking from the stage of the Royal International Pavilion, Porter related two of his great hits to the ethos behind the annual festival: “There’s good vibes here,” he said.

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

Calling 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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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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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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Mobile App Launched for 2017 Llangollen Eisteddfod

Visitors to this year’s Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod will be able to access vital information about the festival through its new mobile app, Llangollen.

Built by Caernarfon-based creative agency, Galactig the free app contains content in both Welsh and English and is available now on both Apple and Android.

It contains videos of all the competitions from the pavilion stage, a timetable of all the main activities on the Eisteddfod field, information on all evening concerts and an interactive map of the site.

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Joint Winners Announced for International Peace Award

An organisation that speaks out to alleviate suffering and a weapons amnesty initiative have both won the Rotary International Peace Award.

The Oswestry-based British Ironworks and Médecins Sans Frontières were jointly awarded the accolade at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod’s 70th Anniversary Opening Concert on Monday 3rd July.

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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.