From North Wales to the Gold Coast for local performer

A local performer from Llannefydd, North Wales, who was named the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod’s 2018 International Voice of Musical Theatre is gearing up to perform on Australia’s Gold Coast on Sunday 21st October.

As part of her prize, 21-year-old Mared Williams will join hundreds of exceptional performers in the Gold Coast Eisteddfod’s Musicale. The show is a rousing celebration of musical theatre and one of the highlights of the seven-week long Australian festival of dance and music.

Mared wowed audiences and adjudicators with her performances of So Big So Small from Dear Evan Hanson, Pulled from the Addams Family and Being Alive from Company on the stage of the Royal International Pavilion in July.

Since winning the prestigious title at the Llangollen Eisteddfod, Mared has not only been gigging with her own songs but has also started a Masters degree in Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music in London, whilst preparing for her adventure across the Australian coast.

“I’ve always wanted to travel, performing my own songs,” said Mared, “but it is incredible how many doors have opened since adding the title of Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod’s International Voice of Musical Theatre to my CV.”

Mared will arrive in Australia on Thursday 18th October and perform at the musical extravaganza on Sunday 21st October, after only a day’s worth of sound checks and rehearsals.

“This really is going to be the trip of a lifetime for me, I’m really looking forward to experiencing an Eisteddfod outside of Wales as well as meeting new people and discovering the beautiful sights of Australia.”

“I’d urge anyone with a passion for music and performance to enter the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod’s competitions and go into it aiming to have a wonderful day out doing what they love. It really is a dream come true!”

The Gold Coast Eisteddfod features over 70,000 singers and dancers, 330 bands and orchestras, 175 choirs, almost 1,500 dance groups and over 3,000 solo dancers.

The winner of the 2018 International Voice of Musical Theatre’s visit to the prestigious Australian festival has been covered completely by the Gold Coast Eisteddfod, a prize that will be up for grabs once again at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod 2019.

Judith Ferber, the Gold Coast Eisteddfod’s General Manager, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Mared and seeing her perform at the Musicale. Our partnership with the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod allows us to celebrate musical talent from across the globe, in the shared spirit of friendship, passion for music and performance.

“For that very reason, in 2019 we will once again be partnering with the festival to offer the winner of the International Voice of Musical Theatre competition the opportunity to perform here at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod 2019.”

Interim Music Director of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, Edward-Rhys Harry, added: “Working with the Gold Coast Eisteddfod helps us to further raise the international profile of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, opening doors for new and exciting soloists from across the globe and acting as a springboard for glittering musical careers.

“We would like to thank Judith and the team for welcoming our 2018 winner Mared Williams and once again agreeing to offer this fantastic prize to the winner of the 2018 International Voice of Musical Theatre competition.”

The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is currently accepting entries for group categories. The deadline for Choral, Ensemble and Dance Categories is Friday 23rd November 2018. Entries for soloists will open in December – visit for more information.