A ‘uniquely talented’ young soprano won one of the main prizes at an international festival – just a few hours after tending the sheep on the family farm.
Erin Rossington, 23, from Llanfairtalhaiarn near Abergele, was crowned as the Pendine International Voice of the Future at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
On Wednesday night, Llangollen Eisteddfod hosted an enchanting night of Welsh music starring soprano Shân Cothi and tenor Rhodri Prys Jones.
They were accompanied by the British Sinfonietta orchestra, which also performed with international classical sensation Rolando Villazón for Tuesday night’s classical gala.
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.
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.
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.
The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is to host an international themed St David’s Day Event on Friday 1st March to raise money to help fund overseas competitors to the festival.
Music Director of the festival, Dr Edward-Rhys Harry, said: “The Saint David’s Day event will help to raise vital funds for the bursary fund ensuring that we can welcome as many international competitors to Llangollen in July as possible. It is great to see such talented local performers giving their time to support this cause.
“It is definitely going to be a traditional event not to be missed and is most certainly the perfect excuse to celebrate both Welsh culture and international inclusivity.”
A “supremely talented soprano” has launched a search to find the world’s most talented young singers.
According to Charlotte Hoather, 24, winning the prestigious Pendine International Voice of the Future competition at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod last year catapulted her career to a new level on the global stage.
Entries are already flooding in for the prestigious competition this year which has a first prize of £5,000, along with a £2,000 cheque for the runner up.
The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is to host a festive carol concert, to celebrate the launch of the 2019 concert series line-up.
The concert on Sunday 16th December will be filled with young local talent with performances from Welsh singing sensation and finalist of the 2018 Vocal Solo competition, Elan Catrin Parry, who will be showcasing songs from her debut album, “Angel” alongside other special guests; pianist Julian Gonzales, Llangollen Operatic Young ‘Uns’, Ysgol Dinas Brân Band and Wrexham County Youth Choir.
One of the UK’s oldest music festivals, which has been welcoming global choirs for over 70 years, has commissioned two new pieces of music to reflect the growing number of younger singers entering its choral competitions.