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Anglesey choir carry off children’s title at International Eisteddfod

The Llangollen International Eisteddfod’s Junior Children’s Choir champions are from Anglesey.

Cor Ieuenctid Mon took the top prize after a tough competition involving eight choirs from across Wales and England.

The choir’s musical director and conductor Mari Lloyd Pritchard wept tears of joy as she collected the international trophy and a cheque for £500 from Enid Evans, 94, of Bristol, who donated the trophy and prize money in memory of her brother, H Wyn Davies MBE and his wife Muriel. (more…)

Festival strikes the right note for financial success

This year’s smash-hit Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is well on course to break even financially.

Three near sell-out evening concerts sent ticket sales soaring significantly over last year and higher visitor attendances than in 2015 have added to the bright financial outlook. (more…)

Opera star Bryn Terfel joins the kids in Eisteddfod music workshop

Opera superstar Bryn Terfel harmonised with youngsters having fun with music at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.

Taking a break from rehearsals for the 70th Gala Classical Concert, Bryn paid a whistle-stop visit to the tent where the award-winning Pendine Park care organisation was hosting a morning of musical workshops as part of the festival’s Children’s Day activities.


Thousands turn out to cheer Eisteddfod’s biggest and best parade in years

THOUSANDS lined the sunny streets of the famous Denbighshire tourist town to cheer the biggest Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod parade in years.

Being held for the first time on the Friday of the festival to give more competitors arriving from around the world the chance to join in, the colourful cavalcade saw contingents from across the globe march through the heart of Llangollen to the accompaniment of rousing cheers and applause from a record number of onlookers. (more…)

Llangollen is an iconic cultural event which deserves support says Minister

The Llangollen International Eisteddfod is a vital cultural event in Wales which deserves Government and private sector support, according to a veteran politician and Welsh Office Minister.

Lord Bourne, formerly Nick Bourne, the Conservative Leader in the Welsh Assembly and currently a Junior Minister at the Welsh Office, said: “The Eisteddfod is vitally important for Wales. It is one of the cultural icons we have alongside the Royal Welsh Show and the National Eisteddfod. (more…)

Operatic shootout is a lot of fun

Two of opera’s biggest guns staged a hugely entertaining shoot-out at Llangollen’s Royal International Pavilion and a near full house loved every minute of it.

Wales’s very own singing superstar, Bryn Terfel, was paired with Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja and the combination of the duo with the mighty engine of the Synfonia Cymru Orchestra made for a memorable evening. (more…)

Indonesians win children’s choral title

The Indonesian flag was flying high over Llangollen after the Pangudi Luhur Youth Choir were crowned Children’s Choir of the World at the international Eisteddfod.

The Eisteddfod’s president, Terry Waite CBE, was on hand to present the international trophy to the choir’s leader, Sonia Nadya Simanjuntak, who was also crowned the most inspirational conductor in the competiton.

Eilir Owen Griffiths, the Eisteddfod’s music director, said: “The standard was exceptionally high but the Pangudi Luhur Youth Choir scored highly across each competition and richly deserve their success.

“And in Sonia they have a conductor with drive and enthusiasm who will ensure they choir goes from strength to strength. I hope we can welcome them back to North Wales in 2017.”