Arts

Major boost for talented tenor Elgan

The career of a talented tenor from Llandudno has been given a major boost after a “sensational” performance at an international festival. Elgan Llyr Thomas is £2,000 better off after reaching the final of the International Voice of the Future competition at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. He and soprano Catrin Woodruff lost out to […]

Sensational soprano Sian crowned International Voice of the Future

A “sensational” young soprano won one of the main prizes at an international festival. Sian Dicker, 26, was crowned as the International Voice of the Future at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. She was presented with the brand new Pendine Trophy and a cheque for £6,000 by Mario Kreft MBE, proprietor of the arts loving sponsor, […]

Peace champion Terry Waite gives his backing to care home’s pioneering Eisteddfod music sessions

Legendary peace campaigner Terry Waite has given his seal of approval to a special event which saw care home residents harmonising with schoolchildren at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. The festival’s iconic president dropped by as people from Pendine Park care homes in Wrexham were enjoying a sing-along with youngsters from primary schools in the area […]

Singer Sheena set to star on international stage

A care practitioner with a “voice of an angel” who wowed opera star Sir Bryn Terfel will take centre stage at a global event. Sheena Miranda, 29, who works for the Pendine Park care organisation in Wrexham, will be competing in the open folk category at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. Back in 2003 she […]

Knight at the opera’s amazing year

Sir Bryn Terfel has described how being knighted by the Queen was one of the proudest days of his life – along with the birth of his first daughter. The globally renowned bass baritone was speaking ahead of his appearance at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod where he’ll be starring in a special production of the […]

Mega prize attracts record number of the world’s best young singers

Twenty four of the world’s best young singers are flocking to North Wales to compete for a prestigious new international prize. Competitors from as far afield as Switzerland, the Philippines, the USA and China will be competing for the title of International Voice of the Future at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod on Thursday, July […]

International trailer firm makes it a happy 70th birthday for festival

Europe’s leading trailer maker has boosted the 70th anniversary celebrations of Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. The Flintshire-based company is sponsoring one of the main outside stages at the festival where Wales meets the world in an annual melting pot of music, colour and culture. The week-long event, which was founded in 1947 in the aftermath […]

Marianne masters the harp so she can play happy 100th birthday to her father

A loving daughter plucked at the heart strings by learning the harp just so she could play Happy Birthday to her father as he celebrated his 100th birthday. Retired education lecturer Marianne Jones, 72, from Menai Bridge, on Anglesey, spent months picking up the basics of the traditional Welsh instrument in time for the big […]

Piano prodigy to perform just hours after his A-level maths exam

A “breath-takingly talented” young pianist will have a starring role at the launch concert of an international music festival – just after sitting an A level exam. Julian Gonzalez, 17, a pupil of Ysgol Dinas Bran, in Llangollen, will be enchanting the audience at St Asaph Cathedral at 7.30pm on Wednesday, June 28. The concert […]

Inspirational young singer Joseph chosen to star with Sir Bryn Terfel

An “inspirational” young singer who overcame a rare kidney condition has landed a dream role to perform with opera superstar Sir Bryn Terfel. Joseph Elwy Jones, 11, will take to the stage at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod as the Shepherd Boy in a star-studded production of Puccini’s classic opera, Tosca. The concert on Tuesday, […]