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Signed cartoon by musical giant going for a song at festival auction

A signed cartoon by legendary singer-songwriter Burt Bacharach of his hit song Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head is to be auctioned for Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.

The 87-year-old American superstar penned the cartoon on a blank postcard for the iconic festival, writing the first bar of music on one side with some raindrops and then signing the other side. (more…)

Sex and the City singers bring musical fizz to Llangollen

One of the world’s most celebrated vocal groups who put some musical fizz into the hit TV series Sex and the City are heading to North Wales.

The critically-acclaimed Swingles have been wowing audiences around the world since 1962 and the current line-up will feature during the prestigious Choir of the World competition at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod on Saturday, July 9. (more…)

Snowflakes recall their Llangollen glory almost 70 years on

Members of a Cardiff children’s choir that won at the first ever Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod are still going strong as the 70th event approaches.

Back in 1947, the Cardiff Snowflakes took the inaugural festival by storm, being crowned the champion children’s choir and going on to make records and tour extensively. (more…)

Return visit to Llangollen is dream come true for Collabro star Thomas Redgrave

A musical theatre boy band who won TV’s Britain’s Got Talent and reduced star judge Amanda Holden to tears are headed to North Wales.

Collabro will be starring with Kerry Ellis, the First Lady of the West End, in the Voices of Musical Theatre concert at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod on Wednesday, July 6.

And for one of the band members, Thomas Redgrave, it’s going to mean a happy return to Llangollen where he competed as part of a choir from London some years ago.

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California choirs chase choral gold at Llangollen

A choir that has backed the Rolling Stones will be at Llangollen this summer as part of a Californian gold rush.

They reckon there’s choral gold in them thar hills and so four top choirs from the Golden State are headed for the small town in North Wales for a singing shoot-out this July.

The fame of the Choir of the World event and other choral competitions at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has enticed them to make the 5,000-mile trek to Wales for this summer’s 70th festival. (more…)

Top tenor’s musical date with Katherine Jenkins

One of the world’s top tenors has a musical date with classical superstar Katherine Jenkins OBE at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, it’s been revealed.

Noah Stewart is set for a third appearance at Llangollen in four years as he prepares to join the Welsh mezzo soprano on stage for a concert adaption of Georges Bizet’s opera, Carmen.

According to Stewart, who hails from Harlem, in New York, he can’t wait to perform alongside Katherine in her portrayal of the fiery gypsy, Carmen, in ‘special’ Llangollen, which is one of his favourite concert venues. (more…)

Chance meeting with a singing boy was inspiration for iconic festival’s founder

The son of the founding father of the iconic festival will be a guest of honour at the 70th Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod this summer.

And Selwyn Tudor has recalled the occasion when his late father, Harold, gained his initial inspiration to create the event which has become a symbol of worldwide peace and understanding.

In the late 1940s renowned Welsh journalist Harold Tudor had a vision of creating a grand cultural gathering in Llangollen to help heal the scars left by World War Two. (more…)

Punjabi group who danced with Prince Charles become Llangollen Eisteddfod Ambassadors

Punjabi dancers who inspired the Prince of Wales to get down to the Bhangra beat have been appointed honorary ambassadors of the iconic festival where it happened.

The Sheerer Punjabi Dancers from Nottingham made global headlines after dancing with the heir to the throne at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in North Wales.

Troupe leader Narinder Singh couldn’t believe his luck when Prince Charles joined in the impromptu routine on a visit to the event with the Duchess of Cornwall.

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