The Classical Collection

Pianist: Vicky Yannoula
Pianist: Peter Jablonski
Choir: Cantorion Sirenian Singers
The Big NHS Singalong Live

We are delighted to be taking part in a national live singalong to celebrate the NHS’s 70th birthday, during the finale of The Classical Collection concert on Wednesday 4 July.

We will be linking up live with the one-off ITV event, The Big NHS Singalong Live, to try to beat the record for the biggest live singalong, with a landmark performance of the iconic Beatles classic With a Little Help from My Friends.

In partnership with Pendine Park, we are pleased to be able to offer complimentary tickets to this evening concert in recognition of all hard working NHS staff. These tickets can only be claimed by registering your details on our Eventbrite page here.

This evening will encapsulate the magic of two of our favourite instruments – the piano and the human voice.

The three finalists in the Pendine International Voice of the Future Competition will entice us with breathtaking performances as they compete for the prestigious Pendine Trophy and cash prize that aims to advance the career of young singers. Each soloist will present a diverse programme to highlight their vocal and artistic talent, striving to impress the judging panel and audience.

Whilst the adjudicators deliberate on the finalists’ performances, we are delighted to welcome to the stage our own Music Director, Vicky Yannoula, who will join forces with renowned pianist Peter Jablonski, in a dynamic and moving musical collaboration inspired by the singing quality of the piano and the power and magic of its repertoire. Peter has performed extensively worldwide with leading orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for his fluency of playing. In 2015 Vicky, who has performed at Thessaloniki Concert Hall and London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, released her world-premiere recording (with pianist George-Emmanuel Lazaridis) of Beethoven’s symphonies 1 & 5 arranged for piano 4hands by Carl Czerny. Vicky is looking forward to sharing her performance skills and introducing herself to her new Eisteddfod family. As these two thrilling international pianists take to the stage, be prepared for two-pianos fireworks!

This showcase evening will end with a powerful performance from Wrexham-based choir, the Sirenian Singers, who were the first Welsh choir to win the coveted “Choir of the World” trophy here in 1998. The programme celebrates the international nature of the Eisteddfod through the different languages sung and the different nationalities of the composers, before the Pendine International Voice of the Future winner is announced.

Concert Programme
A showcase evening of international and Welsh musical talent

First Half: 

Pendine International Voice of the Future Competition
Following a challenging preliminary round the previous day, three of the best young singing talent will compete in the final for the Pendine Trophy and a first prize of £6,000, along with two runner-up prizes of £2,000. The competition is the perfect platform for aspiring soloists to launch or accelerate their musical careers.
Pendine Park proprietor, Mario Kreft MBE, says: “Our aim in supporting the competition in conjunction with Sir Bryn Terfel is to provide a springboard for brilliant young singers from around the world to achieve their dreams of establishing a career on the global stage.”

Second Half:

A showcase of virtuosic pianism 
Experience the duality of music making, in this musical conversation between two distinguished pianists, Vicky Yannoula and Peter Jablonski. The two-pianos repertoire will begin with some of the most iconic pieces from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite. Arranged by Nicolas Economou, audiences will enjoy the Overture before being transported to the magical Land of Sweets and sharing in an enchanting celebration of sweets from around the world.

I.      Overture
II.    Danses Caractéristiques:
        Danse de la Fée Dragée (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy)
        Danse Russe Trépak (Russian dancers celebrating candy canes)
        Danse Arab (Arabian dancers celebrating coffee)
        Danse Chinoise (Chinese dancers celebrating tea) 
        Danse des Mirlitons (French Mirliton players celebrating marzipan)
III.  Valse des Fleurs (Waltz of the Flowers)

Debussy, arr. by Ravel
Fêtes, from Nocturnes

Paganini Variations

The best of the Cantorion Sirenian Singers:

Parry: I Was Glad (in English)

Rachmaninov: Bogoroditse Devo (in Russian)

Mathias: Hobed O Hilion (in Welsh)

Eric Jones: Y Tangnefeddwyr (in Welsh)

Arr. Moses Hogan: Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel (in English/American)

Arr. James Erb: Shenandoah (in English/American)

Arr. Moses Hogan: Elijah Rock (in English/American)

Announcement of the Pendine International Voice of the Future winner

The Big NHS Singalong Live

Wednesday 4 July 2018 – 7.30pm

Pendine International Voice of the Future is kindly sponsored by Pendine Park and the Bryn Terfel Foundation