Classic car used to help people with dementia on show at Eisteddfod

A CLASSIC car with a special paper facelift is being used as a vehicle to help people living with dementia.
The rare 1975 Daf 44 saloon owned by freelance artist Carol Hanson is on show at this week’s Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod as part of a two-year project called Dementia and Imagination which aims to help people to cope with the condition in a fun, visual way.

Eisteddfod volunteer Millie wins top photography prize

A teenage volunteer at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has won a prestigious national photography competition run by the Sunday Times.
Millie Adams Davies, from Llangollen, will have her winning photograph on display at the Eisteddfod where she has been a volunteer since the age of 11.

World class saxophonist says Llangollen helps produce star musicians of the future

PERFORMING at eisteddfods back in her Australian homeland from the age of just five was the perfect preparation for her glittering career as one of the world’s premier saxophonists, according to Amy Dickson.
And Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is doing the same for top musicians of the future, according to the twice Grammy nominated star.
Amy, who has played prestigious dates across the world and has a strong of hit classical albums to her name, revealed one of the secrets of her success when she took to the stage to accept the coveted role as Day President of the Eisteddfod yesterday (Thursday).

‘Llangollen’s got talent’, says Côr Glanaethwy leader Cefin Roberts

Côr Glanaethwy conductor Cefin Roberts, who came so close to winning this year’s series of Britain’s Got Talent on ITV has spoken of his and the choir’s huge gratitude to the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.

Cefin spoke as he prepared to be one of the presenting teams for S4C’s coverage on Saturday night for the Choir of the World competition.

Dance group which survived Nepal earthquakes to arrive at Eisteddfod

A GROUP of young dancers from Nepal who endured the earthquakes which devastated their country will take centre stage at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod on Saturday.
Thanks to a major fundraising drive, more than 30 members of the Rising Culture Group from the World Heritage site of Bhaktapur, about 10 miles from the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu and around 100 miles from Mount Everest, had been planning to travel 5,000 miles to compete at the Eisteddfod this week.
Then their dream of coming to Llangollen suffered a huge setback when their region was shattered by two massive earthquakes within weeks in April and May, which claimed thousands of lives and caused widespread destruction.

Massive response to global appeal launched to secure iconic festival

An urgent global appeal has already attracted £40,000 of pledges to help secure the future of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
The appeal was only launched at the weekend because this year’s event is heading for a financial loss as a result of disappointing ticket sales.
Eisteddfod officials are delighted with the response after urging supporters to keep on giving towards a target of £70,000 to clear the books this year.
Concert-goers for the Burt Bacharach curtain-raiser to this year’s event dropped almost £500 in collection buckets at the event and there has been a steady stream of donations, large and small all week.

Gemma blows up a storm

A Heswall student has landed a top award at the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod.
Gillian Blair, 24, who is studying music at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music, beat off top competition to win the first ever International Young Musician title and land the £1,500 prize and international medal.