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Live Finals: Results

It was a #TeamAsia final with one of the most closely fought contests seen in Llangollen for many years. Here are our judges winners:

Choir of the World:

Winners: Kammerchoir Manila – Philippines
Jayne Davies International Conductor’s Prize: Heather Johnson of Cantilon Chamber Choir – Canada

Runners Up to COTW:
Cantilon Chamber Choir – Canada
Delaware Choral Scholars – USA
Le Voci – England

Lucille Armstrong Dance Champions 2023:
Winners: Labschool Kebayoran Senior Highschool – Indonesia

Runners Up:
Loughgiel Folk Dancers – Northern Ireland
Soul Oasis Cultural Ambassadors – Trinidad & Tobago

Pendine International Voice of the Future:
Winner: Zihua Zhang – China
Runner-Up: Owain Rowlands – Wales
Charlotte Kelso – Australia

A huge congratulations to everyone who has competed and performed over the last week, we’ve had an absolute ball, and your joy in sharing your music and dance has really captured the town and far beyond.

Cân i Llan (A Song for Llan): Songwriting competition for untapped talent officially launched!

Calling all budding contemporary music stars: a new songwriting prize has been launched to discover and support grassroots popular music, giving a platform to the next generation of original commercial music artists.

Cân i Llan (A Song for Llan), is open to unsigned individuals and bands aged 14-22yrs, writing and performing in any contemporary commercial style, from any country and in any language. Acts must submit two examples of original song material to enter, and selected acts will perform sets of up to 8 minutes in the first round on Sunday 09 July. The best writers continue to our live final that evening.

The stage of the Royal Pavilion Llangollen has played host to a starry line-up of popular music acts during the 76 years of the International Eisteddfod, including Status Quo, Van Morrison, The Stereophonics, McFly, Jools Holland, Kizzy Crawford, Elles Bailey, Shirley Bassey and The Manic Street Preachers.

Could you be the next act to join their ranks? Apply by 28 June to find out.

Entry Fee: £5 visit our main website to pay.

Sing with us!

Sing with us! / Canwch gyda ni!

Come and join Lleisiau Llan, a choir of massed Welsh and international voices, singing together for The White Flower; Into the Light. Weds 05 July. 8pm, in the magnificent 4,000 seat Royal Pavilion, Llangollen.

Produced with our friends at NEW Sinfonia and in collaboration with Remembering Srebrenica, The White Flower is a concert of remembrance and hope, featuring NEW Sinfonia, soloists from Bosnia, Wales and Ukraine, with works including extracts from Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man.

For a sign-up form email:

Everyone welcome, all music provided with rehearsals in venues around NE Wales during May and June.

Don’t miss out! / Peidiwch â cholli allan!

Concert tickets £16-£40 available from our website

Review of Motto Usage

Having considered the public response at length, the Board has voted to continue using T. Gwynn Jones’ motto. However, we are committed to a public discussion in the future, to ensure that the Eisteddfod motto is reflective of the world we live in today and the world we want to live in tomorrow.

In discussing our approach to language as an organisation, and developing a new Welsh Language Policy (which we will be sharing soon), we believe it is only right to consider many different voices, and to question how language continues to evolve.

We would like to thank those who have contributed constructively to this meaningful discussion; arguments have been made very powerfully both for keeping the Eisteddfod’s motto, and for commissioning new poetry. To ensure clarity of meaning to our audiences across the globe, the Welsh and English language versions of the motto will appear alongside each other wherever possible.

Our focus now is on delivering an Eisteddfod which will bring together communities from around the world, in a joyful celebration of the power of music and dance to create understanding and harmony.

Solo Competitions Now Open!

This summer from 04-09 July, we’ll be presenting our first full-length Eisteddfod since the pandemic, with a new improved outdoor site, the annual Parade back, bigger and better than ever, and some exciting new competitions on our closing Sunday.

We are thrilled to announce that our Solo Vocal & Instrumental competitions have opened for applications (closing 24 March), we’ve added new categories including an International Accompanist Prize, and don’t forget that you can still apply for our new Dance competitions and Instrumental Ensemble categories (Young Folk & Community Bands)….

View full details on our dedicated competitors website

2023 Choral applications now OPEN!

After a roof-raising return in 2022, celebrating our historic 75th anniversary, it is a huge pleasure to announce that the 2023 Choral Syllabus is LIVE! Next summer from 04-09 July, we’ll be presenting our first full-length Eisteddfod since the pandemic, with a new improved outdoor site, the annual Parade back, bigger and better than ever, and some exciting new competitions on our closing Sunday.

Some things never change, though, and competitors can rely upon our warm welcome to make them feel right at home. Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is located in the idyllic mountain town of Llangollen in North East Wales, with our main competitions taking place in the magnificent 4,000 seat Royal International Pavilion.

We are continually working to improve our offering, and so this year we’ve made applying much simpler. We’ve also separated our competitions into syllabuses for choral, dance, soloists and instrumental groups, with choral released first and the others to follow shortly (dates to follow).

We look forward to welcoming performers from around the world to share in the joy of friendly competition!

View the full syllabus and online application form on our dedicated competitors website

Or open the syllabus PDF here: 2023 Choral Syllabus Final