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.
There are cash prizes of up to £6,000, international medals and also the opportunity for aspiring musical singers to win the chance of a lifetime to perform at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod in Australia.
As well as the International Eisteddfod’s most renowned competitions, the 2018 syllabus also features a number of new categories. These include two new solo competitions for performers under 19 years old. The programme also builds on the competition strands successfully launched in 2017 such as the Jayne Davies Award for most outstanding conductor in the Choir of the World competition and the International Acapella Group.
The prestigious International Musical Eisteddfod has taken place in the beautiful Welsh town of Llangollen every year since 1947, welcoming around 4,000 performers and as many as 50,000 visitors to its International Pavilion and surrounding fields and stages. The festival brings together performers from across the world to sing and dance in a unique combination of competition, performance, and international peace and friendship.
Its globally acclaimed competitions climax with the prestigious ‘Choir of the World’, which determines the best overall choir of the event and has launched many an iconic career. In 1955 the winning choir, from the town of Modena in Italy, included a young trainee teacher named, Luciano Pavarotti – the legendary tenor who, in 2005, added his name to the competition trophy in recognition of his appreciation of the festival and its influence on his career.
Entries for all choral, ensemble and dance competitions will close on Friday 24th November 2017, while solo performers will have until Friday 2nd March 2018 to apply.
Applications to follow in the footsteps of non-competitive acts and perform on one of the International Eisteddfod’s stages are also open, with the entries also closing on Friday 24th November 2017.
Chairman of the International Eisteddfod, Dr Rhys Davies, said: “The Llangollen Eisteddfod’s competitions offer the opportunity for performers from across the globe to compete on an international stage alongside some of the world’s most talented musicians and dancers.
“With more than 20 competitions to apply for there really is an opportunity for all types of performers, from all disciplines and of all ages to get involved.
“Every year we aim to extend our offer and both the Outstanding Conductor and International Acapella Group categories are exceptionally exciting additions to the syllabus. We’re looking forward to see this year’s applications.”
For more information on all the competitions or to apply on the Eisteddfod competitors’ website visit: http://eisteddfodcompetitions.co.uk/