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Entries Open for Llangollen 2018

Festival of music, dance and peace opens for entries for the 2018 International Eisteddfod

The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is calling out to talented singers, dancers and instrumentalists from Shropshire to join others from across the globe and enter its competitions, which will take place from 3rd – 8th July 2018.

Successful entrants will compete for a range of prestigious titles including Dance Champions of the World, International Voice of the Future, International Voice of Musical Theatre and the jewel in the crown of the festival, Choir of the World.

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Manic Street Preachers Rock Llanfest 2017

Iconic Welsh rock band bring Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod 2017 to a roaring close

Llangollen’s annual International Musical Eisteddfod drew to a triumphant close last night with an epic set from Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers at Llanfest 2017.

The band’s first ever Llangollen appearance raised the roof of the Royal International Pavilion as they stormed through favourites from throughout their career, including Everything Must Go, If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next, and A Design For Life.

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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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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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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.

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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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