Posts Tagged: Jools Holland

Royal Harpist next in line to star in International Eisteddfod’s 2019 Concert Series

To celebrate tickets going on sale to the general public today <Wednesday 12th December 9am>, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod announces Royal Harpist and Vice President, Catrin Finch, as the next addition to its star-studded evening concert line-up for 2019.

Internationally renowned harpist and composer to H.R.H The Prince of Wales, the Vice President of the Eisteddfod, Catrin Finch is one of the most accomplished and versatile harpists of her generation. Showing talent from an early age, Catrin had the honour of being Royal Harpist for four years before delighting audiences as a worldwide performer.

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Jools Holland and Gipsy Kings to star in International Eisteddfod’s 2019 Concert Series

This week, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod announces its star-studded evening concert line-up for 2019.

Returning festival favourite and Vice President of the Eisteddfod, Jools Holland, will entertain the Royal Pavilion audience with his legendary Rhythm and Blues Orchestra on Monday 1st July. The jazz, blues and swing showstopper will launch the 2019 concert series with an unforgettable toe-tapping extravaganza of live music, kindly sponsored by Kronospan.

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Sounds of summer: readers’ festival experiences from around the world (The Guardian)

An excerpt from a short piece in The Guardian newspaper written by one of our volunteers:

‘The whole crew is like a giant family’ 

I’m from a village just a few miles away from Llangollen in north-east Wales, where the Eisteddfod festival is held every year. I haven’t missed a festival since I was born, so I’ve been to 20 of them. 21 if you count when Mum was five months pregnant with me.

I was working there this year. I’m part of the sound crew on the main stage, which I’ve continued to do every year since I did it for Year 10 work experience. The festival is generally well organised, although it had a few hiccups as with any event of its scale. (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…)

First choir to sing at Llangollen prepares for historic return

The first ever choir to sing at the world-famous Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod is to make a symbolic return to celebrate the festival’s 70th year.

The Colne Valley Male Voice Choir, based in Huddersfield, has scooped six titles at the historic festival over the years as well as five second places and two third prizes – but back in 1947 they missed out.

The 70-strong choir, which was founded in Slaithwaite in 1922, was the first to take to the Eisteddfod stage in 1947 and it was up against choirs from Hungary, the eventual winners, Spain, Italy, Denmark and Holland as well as Wales and England.

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Llangollen Eisteddfod on a roll after top bakery serves up early dough

Bakery bosses have served up an early boost for the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.

Earlier this year the festival launched a cash appeal because the 2015 event was heading for a financial loss.

The appeal raised £50,000 and now long-term sponsors the Village Bakery are paying next year’s sponsorship money ahead of time.

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Boogie-woogie legend Jools Holland returns to celebrate festival honour

Boogie-woogie legend Jools Holland is returning to Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod – to celebrate becoming a vice president of the iconic festival.
According to the former Squeeze pianist, band leader, author, TV and radio presenter he’s delighted to have been offered the honorary role at the “utterly brilliant event”.
Jools and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra will be bringing down the curtain on the 70th Eisteddfod next summer with a foot stomping party on Sunday, July 10.
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