Posts Tagged: Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod

International Eisteddfod preparations off to a flying start

The Welsh hills were brought alive with the sound of music last week, as members of the Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir demonstrated their vocal technique whilst swinging through the sky on Europe’s highest five seater swing.

Hoisted at over 80ft in the air, members aged between 60 – 80 years were put through their vocal paces, holding their notes, not breath, whilst reaching dizzying heights in preparation to sing under pressure at this year’s International Eisteddfod.

Based a short distance from Llangollen, the Fron Male Voice Choir was formed in 1947 specifically to compete at the second International Eisteddfod. The choir’s 72 choristers come from all walks of life and include policeman, undertakers, teachers, cooks, bankers, accountants, bakers, construction workers and retirees.

Competing at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is a huge opportunity for choirs throughout the world especially for the Fron Choir with two of its founding members both aged 86 still singing in the choir today!

Vicky Yannoula, Music Director at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod said:

“Competitors in this year’s Eisteddfod are taking their preparation in the lead up to the festival very seriously.

“The International Eisteddfod is at the heart of the local community in Llangollen and it is truly special for us to welcome the Fron Choir back for its 70th year, especially following their exceptional training program displayed at Zip World last week.”

The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod will run from Tuesday 3rd July to Sunday 8th July 2018.  As well as a series of evening concerts featuring Alfie Boe, Van Morrison and Kaiser Chiefs, The Hoosiers and Toploader, there will also be live performances from competitors, emerging bands, musicians and street performers from across the globe, as well as activities to entertain the children and food, drink and local craft stalls.

For more information or to book tickets visit www.llangollen.net or contact the box office on 01978 862001. For regular news and updates about the festival follow us on Twitter @llangollen_Eist or like our Facebook page Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.

International Eisteddfod celebrates World Piano Day by revealing repertoire for two-pianos performance

To celebrate World Piano Day [Thursday 29th March] the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has revealed the repertoire for its Music Director, Vicky Yannoula’s performance with acclaimed pianist Peter Jablonski.

Forming part of The Classical Collection on Wednesday 4th July, pianists Vicky and Peter will take to the stage of the International Pavilion for a moving collaboration, featuring well-known and much-loved pieces, in a performance inspired by the power and magic of the piano.

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Llanfest Headline Sponsor Announced as Tickets Hit General Sale

Wrexham-based multidisciplinary contractor, Knights Construction Group, has lent its support to the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, through the sponsorship of its hugely popular Llanfest festival on Sunday 8th July 2018.

The announcement comes as tickets for star-studded line up of Kaiser Chiefs, The Hoosiers and Toploader go on general sale on Thursday 22nd March 2018.

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SCOTTISHPOWER FOUNDATION TO DONATE £1 MILLION TO GOOD CAUSES ACROSS THE UK

 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has been selected to receive part of a £1 million funding boost from the ScottishPower Foundation.

Backing charity initiatives as diverse as wildlife conservation and science-themed education to mental health awareness and theatrical productions, ScottishPower Foundation selected the international music festival’s Inclusion Project, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.

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International Eisteddfod celebrates International Women’s Day 2018

This International Women’s Day, the Llangollen Eisteddfod celebrates the achievements of global women on a worldwide stage – both literally and figuratively.

Renowned across the world for its message of unity and peace, the International Eisteddfod is a firm advocate of equality and gender parity, which is continuously demonstrated throughout the duration of the weeklong festival in July.

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We Predict a Riot at Llanfest 2018

Multi-platinum English indie pop legends Kaiser Chiefs have announced their headline appearance at Llanfest, the finale party of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, on Sunday 8th July in Llangollen, North Wales.

The concert will be the band’s first Welsh gig in almost two years and one of the first opportunities in 2018 for fans in the region to see the band live.

The five-piece band from Leeds, who shot to stardom in 2005 with their sophomore album Employment and are best known for songs including Oh My God, I Predict a Riot and Ruby, will be joined on the bill by renowned pop rock band, The Hoosiers and nineties icons, Toploader.

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Final Call for Pendine International Voice of the Future competition

The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is seeking talented young soloists to enter before the March 2 deadline so they can vie for the prestigious title.

A “sensational” soprano who won one of the main prizes at an international festival is urging young soloists from around the world to enter this year’s competition to launch their career on the global stage.

According to Sian Dicker, 27, being crowned the Pendine International Voice of the Future at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has been a boost to her career aspirations to become a leading opera singer.

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Alfie Boe and Van Morrison to star in International Eisteddfod’s 2018 Concert Series

The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has announced its star-studded concert line-up for 2018, featuring performances from best-selling artist, Alfie Boe, prolific recording artist, Van Morrison, renowned baroque instrumental group, Red Priest, and award winning Welsh folk band, Calan.

The Festival will run from Tuesday 3rd July – Sunday 8th July 2018 and tickets for the main concert series will be available to Festival Pass holders and Friends of the Eisteddfod from 9.30am today [TUESDAY 28TH NOVEMBER]. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 9.30am on Thursday 14th December online or via the box office on 01978 862 001.

Anyone purchasing a membership to the Friends of the Eisteddfod during the two-week priority booking period will also gain access to advance tickets.

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Last Call For Group Entries for Llangollen 2018

Deadline for group entries for the 2018 International Eisteddfod Festival of music, dance and peace set for 24th November 2017

The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is calling out to talented groups of singers, dancers and instrumentalists from across the globe to enter its competitions, which will take place from 3rd – 8th July 2018 before the looming deadline of Friday 24th November. (more…)

Plymouth “Kindness Capital” of the UK

Port town named as the kindest place in country, but research reveals that the nation believes people are less kind than a decade ago.

People from Plymouth do good deeds more frequently than anywhere else in the UK, but people across the UK believe that we are less kind as a nation than we were 10 years ago.

The survey, commissioned by international peace festival the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod to mark World Kindness Day [Monday 13th November], also revealed that 83% of people across the country believed that doing a good deed positively affected their mental health. More than half the women polled agreed that undertaking an act of kindness boosted happiness, compared to just a third of men.

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