Take a quick peek behind the scenes at the Eisteddfod Competitors’ Club. Much more than a “Green Room”, this is where our competitors relax, forge friendships, and have fun. It’s their home for the week.
These are just some of the things people get out of volunteering with the Llangollen Eisteddfod!
We’re seeking volunteers for a multitude of roles and thought we’d share the experiences of other volunteers with you.
So, what can a Llangollen Eisteddfod volunteer expect?
Just as the "Games Makers" made the Olympics, so this is your chance to make the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
Nearly 800 people volunteer every year, some just for the festival week and others through the year in preparation of the Festival.
There are so many great reasons to volunteer. We list a few here. One of our existing volunteers also describes the excitement of being right in the thick of it...
Musical director Islwyn Evans knows all about the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
He’s led children’s choir Ysgol Gerdd to seven trophies at the event, and chamber choir Cywair won Choir of the World in 2005, winning the inaugural Pavarotti Trophy.
Wrexham County Youth Choir was formed in 2009 by Tim Jones and Tina Boycott to encourage singing in the North Wales county’s secondary schools.
Members range in age from 13 to 18 with some progressing to the Four Counties Youth Choir and the National Youth Choir of Wales.
Ysgol Penrhyn-coch near Aberystwyth has just 86 pupils – yet up to 35 of them sing in the school choir. How is it so popular?
Deputy head of the school is choir musical director and soloist Gregory Vearey-Roberts. Greg has been competing and performing in Eisteddfodau around Wales from an early age and has previously won first prize at Llangollen.
It is not just the South Wales valleys that ring with the sound of singing… in Snowdonia, the Penrhyn Male Choir rejoice from the slate quarry village of Bethesda.
The village marks the entrance to the Ogwen Valley and its fortunes were built on the world-famous slate industry based at nearby Penrhyn Quarry.
Gregory Vearey-Roberts is well known as a soloist and successful conductor having appeared in many Eisteddfodau around Wales.
In 2013 he faces one of his sternest tests as he brings Aberystwyth-based Ger y lli’s SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) choir to Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
A choir that performed before the first professional rugby league match in North Wales will be tackling the Eisteddfod competition this July.
Euphony choir was established 15 years ago and in that time has made a name for itself in native New Zealand.
Attached to Kristin School in Auckland, the choir is undertaking its first overseas tour in 2013, and competing at Llangollen as part of its UK visit this summer.
Saskatoon Children’s Choir uses its extensive repertoire to promote understanding of global issues…just as Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod’s message is one of peace.
In September 2002 classical singing teacher Inge Sykora asked her students to sing together, thereby forming the Waelrant Vocal Ensemble. Only one year later, the ensemble won a first prize at the European Music Festival for Young People at Neerpelt (Belgium).
We stress that the Llangollen Musical Eisteddfod is a truly international event, and choirs don’t come more international than this!
All the way from Alaska, this children’s choir was formed in 1979 and will be looking to make its mark in this year’s Senior Children’s Choir competition on Wednesday 10 July.
The Romanian SOUND Choir was founded in 1994 and has been supported by the SOUND Cultural Foundation since 1996.
The organisation has done very well, winning a string of awards and performing regularly on its country’s radio and TV stations.
The award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is the UK's oldest surviving professional symphony orchestra and has been at the heart of Liverpool’s cultural life since 1840.
The Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir is lucky enough to perform and record with this esteemed musical institution.
They start singing early in the Czech Republic – from the tender age of three in this choir!
Puellae Cantantes features four training choirs of more than 80 children from the age of three. The main concert choir has 41 singers from 11 to 18 years old.
Dusty Springfield, The Beatles, hit Musical numbers and Doris Day – you may hear them all, Barbershop-style, with the Milltown Sound Chorus.
Based in Belfast and funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Open Arts Community Choir is an award winning inclusive choir for adult singers with and without disabilities.
The 2013 Eisteddfod will see the introduction of new competitions designed to showcase excellence in the children’s choir and dance categories.
A little piece of Basque folklore will come to Llangollen in July with the Eisteddfod performance of Spanish choir Landarbaso.
Kantiléna from the Czech Republic is nearing 1,500 international performances as it bids to impress the judges at Llangollen in 2013.
(Photo by Jakub Holas)
Jinggaswara National Institute of Technology Choir will be a few days short of celebrating its 26th birthday when it performs at Llangollen this year.
The choir will be busy, competing in no fewer than four competitions including Show Choir (Thursday 11 July) and Mixed Choirs (Saturday 13 July).
Jubilate is known for its high standard of performance, its varied repertoire, and its sense of fun. It’s a recipe for success, as some of its members have been with the choir for 25 years!
Highcliffe Junior Choir from Christchurch will perform a newly commissioned piece for its appearance at the Eisteddfod this year. It will be the first time for the performance, but the 41st time this choir has performed at Llangollen.
This Filipino choir has the small task of travelling more than 6,700 miles (as the crow flies!) from Quezon City, Manila, to Llangollen, to compete in this year’s Eisteddfod.
One of our most “distant” performers, The Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir (HMtQCC) has the aim of preserving the heritage of sacred music through Latin, English and Filipino repertoire.
Not every choir can boast a king as its patron. The Royal Bafokeng Youth Choir of South Africa can. Even with royal tribal connections, they are one of several overseas groups striving hard to raise money to reach Llangollen this year. Can you help them?
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Have you ever listened to choral performances or classical music live? Its power and emotion can make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up! We realise choral and classical music has a language all of its own, and finding something you might like can be daunting.
A debut appearance at Llangollen has got one Midlands school choir a little nervous, but very excited!
The Four Oaks Cluster Choir admits it is “daunted but excited” about its “biggest gig to date” when it competes in the Junior Children’s Choir on International Children’s Day, Tuesday 9 July.
Since launching in 2005, this Hong Kong school choir has won every championship in its class…!
Can they win in Llangollen this year?
One of the top provincial youth choirs from South Africa gives underprivileged children the chance to fulfil their talent and their dreams.
The Colla Voce Youth Choir was formed in 1986 and recently celebrated its 25th reunion by launching its sixth CD recording.
Peace Choir mark 20th anniversary of bomb outrage at world festival
A choir will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Warrington bombing at an international festival dedicated to world peace and harmony.
Through our contact with choirs and dance groups around the world, the story we hear most often is their battle for funding. We would like to share some of their inspiring efforts with you. Perhaps you, or someone you know, may be able to help...?
They sang in front of 42,000 rugby fans at Twickenham. Can this ladies barbershop chorus turn on the style at Llangollen?
Lake District girls’ choir Amabile are back in North Wales in July having already won competitions in this area.
Amabile won the Senior Children’s Choir Class at Llangollen and in October 2012 clinched first prize in the North Wales Choral Festival in Llandudno.
Hear a BBC Radio 3 performance next.
The Adelaide Chamber Singers will be competing in our chamber choir completion on Friday 12 July this year. Read more about them and enjoy a recent recording here.
The former royal harpist who enchanted Prince William and Kate Middleton at their wedding reception is looking forward to her own dream date in North Wales.
Strictly Come Dancing couple James and Ola Jordan will add glitz and glamour to the star-studded line-up at this year’s Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
West End star Mark Evans is appealing to folk dancers across Wales to represent their country against teams from around the world at Wales’s biggest international cultural festival.
Television Series filmed at the Llangollen Eisteddfod
We would like to share with you a great email that we received from one of the choirs who competed in 2013. Thank you Amarylca, Belgium!
DelicaTon from Germany win Choir of the World Competition
DelicaTon (Germany) have been crowned winners of the 2012 Choir of the World competition at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. The renowned Pavarotti Trophy now heads for Germany.