An iconic competition to find the world’s best young singers has been given a massive boost by a pioneering care organisation.
Pendine Park has agreed to more than triple the prize money up for grabs in the prestigious Voice of the Future competition at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
According to the festival’s Musical Director, Eilir Owen Griffiths, increasing the annual prize to £5,000 from 2017 onwards will “catapult the competition into a whole new league”.
He said: “This is a truly remarkable gesture which will lead to a big surge in interest for new vocal talent.
“The timing is especially appropriate as we will be celebrating our 70th anniversary in 2017 and looking forward to an even brighter future.”
The son of the man who founded the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is to be a guest of honour at the 70th festival this July.
Peter Tudor, now 84, remembers how his father, visionary Welsh journalist Harold Tudor, came up with the idea of a grand cultural gathering to help heal the scars left by World War Two.
Peter vividly recalls the excitement generated as competitors from across Europe began to gather for the first festival in the small Denbighshire town in the summer of 1947.
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.
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.