In a break from tradition the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has taken its annual ‘Parade of Nations’ to the streets of nearby towns and cities.
The annual ‘vibrant carnival of cultures’ parade features performers waving flags representing their nation. It has always taken place in the quaint festival host town of Llangollen. For the first time in the festival’s history, volunteers toured the streets of Liverpool, Chester, Wrexham and Oswestry to celebrate the launch of the International Eisteddfod’s fun-filled daytime programme.
In memory of the Welsh tenor Kenneth Bowen, who died last year, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has revealed it will host the world premiere of The Spring of Vision, composed by the festival’s Music Director and friend of Bowen, Dr Edward-Rhys Harry.
The evening performance on Wednesday 3rd July will use the dramatic setting of the Vernon Watkins poem of the same name to celebrate the life of Bowen, one of the most distinguished singers of his generation. It will be performed by an all Wales cast, including Shân Cothi (soprano) and Rhodri Prys Jones (tenor), performing alongside the London Welsh Chorale, Liverpool Choral Union, Wrexham Youth Choir, in a massed choir.
The Rotary International Peace Award, which recognises peace initiatives both in the UK and internationally, is now receiving entries from nominees until 30th April 2019.
Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, is encouraging all community members to submit details of local individuals or organisations responsible for the furtherance of peace, for the chance to gain international recognition.
Chester-based and Wrexham-based Grosvenor Insurance Services has donated £5,000 to ensure a local community inclusion initiative can be performed at this summer’s Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
The festival’s Inclusion Project has been running for ten years, helping promote unity and diversity throughout North Wales, Shropshire and Cheshire. A diverse mix of local disability and community groups whose marginalized members would not usually have the opportunity to perform at international events, will practice together over the coming months culminating in a unique performance on the main stage at the festival in July.
Theatretrain Regional Choir from Mold and Derwen on Tour, a performance group from Oswestry’s Derwen College that uses Makaton signs to help children who have no speech will be returning this year. New groups joining them will be Wrexham One Love Choir, whose members have experienced homelessness, addiction and mental health issues, Wrexham Singing Hands from Wrexham Deaf Club and Rhyl-based mental health ukulele group, Mind Tones.
The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has announced its 9th music director, Dr Edward-Rhys Harry to join the festival, which is set to take place from 1st – 7th July 2019.
Edward is internationally renowned for his ability to inspire through the power of music and creative arts, and is now looking to encourage the next generation of solo artists at the 2019 Llangollen Eisteddfod.
The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is to host an international themed St David’s Day Event on Friday 1st March to raise money to help fund overseas competitors to the festival.
Music Director of the festival, Dr Edward-Rhys Harry, said: “The Saint David’s Day event will help to raise vital funds for the bursary fund ensuring that we can welcome as many international competitors to Llangollen in July as possible. It is great to see such talented local performers giving their time to support this cause.
“It is definitely going to be a traditional event not to be missed and is most certainly the perfect excuse to celebrate both Welsh culture and international inclusivity.”
A “supremely talented soprano” has launched a search to find the world’s most talented young singers.
According to Charlotte Hoather, 24, winning the prestigious Pendine International Voice of the Future competition at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod last year catapulted her career to a new level on the global stage.
Entries are already flooding in for the prestigious competition this year which has a first prize of £5,000, along with a £2,000 cheque for the runner up.
Two Wrexham businesses have been announced as sponsors for this year’s Llanfest, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod’s hugely popular finale festival on Sunday 7th July 2019.
Wrexham-based housing developer, SG Estates, and Wrexham Lager are joint sponsors of Llanfest 2019, which has a star-studded line up this summer, including The Fratellis, The Coral, The Pigeon Detectives and Dodgy.
Celebrated British rock bands, The Fratellis and The Coral have announced their double headline appearance at Llanfest, the finale party of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, on Sunday 7th July in Llangollen, North Wales.
The influential band from the Wirral, The Coral, who recently released their critically acclaimed new album Move Through The Dawn will fill the International Pavilion with perfectly-crafted melodic and eccentric songs as well as renowned classics including Dreaming of You, Pass it On and In the Morning.
Also taking to the stage will be award-winning Scottish band, The Fratellis, who roared into their second decade with their fifth album, In Your Own Sweet Time in 2017. The three-piece will rock the Pavilion with their famous top 10 singles, Chelsea Dagger and Whistle For The Choir as well as some new hits which push the band’s mantric sound in vivid new directions.
To celebrate tickets going on sale to the general public today <Wednesday 12th December 9am>, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod announces Royal Harpist and Vice President, Catrin Finch, as the next addition to its star-studded evening concert line-up for 2019.
Internationally renowned harpist and composer to H.R.H The Prince of Wales, the Vice President of the Eisteddfod, Catrin Finch is one of the most accomplished and versatile harpists of her generation. Showing talent from an early age, Catrin had the honour of being Royal Harpist for four years before delighting audiences as a worldwide performer.