Posts Categorized: Music

Liverpool’s Cavern Club returns to Llangollen

North Wales’ week-long summer festival, the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, has announced that the world’s most famous music club, Liverpool’s Cavern Club, will return this year.

After debuting its first ever pop-up stage last year at the International Eisteddfod, the Liverpool-based club is returning to entertain audiences at the festival’s finale party, called Llanfest, on Sunday 7th July.

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Heritage Lottery Fund to help Llangollen Eisteddfod Archive the Past

Today, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £19,900 for an exciting heritage project, Archiving the Past. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will be the first step in collating and digitalising the wealth of archive material relating to Llangollen Eisteddfod, so that it can be enjoyed by all.

Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will enable Llangollen Eisteddfod to employ an archivist who will work with volunteers and children from Dinas Brân School to bring the history of Llangollen Eisteddfod to life. Work will include developing a sustainable and expandable online archive system, educational resources and displays for use in the community and a short film about the history of the Llangollen Eisteddfod.

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Parade of Nations tours the region

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.

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World premiere in memory of Kenneth Bowen to be performed at International Eisteddfod

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.

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Nominations for Rotary International Peace Award open

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.

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GROSVENOR INSURANCE HELPS LOCAL GROUPS TAKE TO INTERNATIONAL STAGE

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.

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New Music Director calls for talented soloists

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.

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