Penarth Performer Goes For Gold Down Under

Welsh performer, who triumphed in Llangollen, impresses crowds at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod

Jodi Bird, aged 21 from Penarth, who won International Voice of Musical Theatre 2019 at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod this year, flew to Australia last week to perform as part of her prize.

The former Ysgol Bro Morgannwg pupil sang on the stage of the Royal International Pavilion and won the prestigious global title, £1,500 prize money and the opportunity to perform at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod in Australia.

Last week Jodi travelled  ‘down under’ with her dad, Frank, to take part in the Gold Coast Musicale on Friday 18th October, which showcased an array of specially selected music, dance and vocal performances. The all-expenses paid trip was generously funded by the Gold Coast Eisteddfod to promote international harmony and to acknowledge the outstanding musical talent showcased in Llangollen.

Jodi wowed the audience with her award-winning vocal talent with two iconic songs from musical theatre, Don’t Rain on my Parade which featured in Funny Girl and I Dreamed a Dream from the classic Les Misérables. Jodi then returned to the stage in the second act to conclude her Australian stage debut with two powerful solos, Defying Gravity from Wicked and memorable a rendition of Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.

Speaking of her experience performing and visiting Australia, Jodi said: “I’ve really enjoyed exploring the Gold Coast with my dad, we’ve done some great activities including kayaking and watching a fabulous show called Suave at the Pink Flamingo.

“It has been such an honour to represent Wales on an international level. I am so grateful for the opportunity to perform some of my favourite musical theatre solos at the Musicale and I hope people enjoyed the evening.”

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 festival provides fantastic opportunities for young performers from around the world, including Jodi Bird, in a friendly and lively atmosphere.

Judith Ferber, the Gold Coast Eisteddfod’s General Manager, said: “We thoroughly enjoy providing the opportunity for international performers to present their talent at our Eisteddfod.

“Jodi’s performances were fantastic and a great addition to our Musicale. We’re so pleased she won at Llangollen and was given the chance to sing here.”

The Llangollen Eisteddfod’s Artistic Director, Dr Edward Rhys-Harry added: “Every year we welcome the world to Wales and it is wonderful that Jodi has the chance to share with the world her incredible singing talent.

“Jodi gave a beautifully strong performance in Llangollen for International Voice of Musical Theatre this year. We’re very pleased to hear she’s enjoying her time at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod.

“Achieving this renowned accolade and having the opportunity to perform internationally inspires exciting musical careers. We’re delighted to give individuals the chance to showcase their talent in Llangollen and with our friends in Australia.”